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SFBAS March 31th, 2007 Spring Blossoms in Napa

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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

SFBAS Spring Blossoms in Napa

Results: All the shots from the shoot.


Date March 31, 2007
Time 12:00 pm at Taylors Refresher
Description
I was talking to a fellow SFBAS'er (Shellcomber) late last week and she mentioned that the spring blossoms in Napa will be appearing in the next few weeks. As I have made numerous trips to Napa in the past, but have yet to shoot in the spring I jumped on the idea of an official SFBAS meet. For anyone who has not actually traveled to Napa, it is not as far as it sounds. We should work out a carpool situation so we don't end up with 20 cars. This will be the first SFBAS meet where cars are essential as all the wineries are not really within walking distance from each other. In the midst of shooting we can taste wine and eat cheese. We will meet at Taylor's Refresher at 12 and while we eat, stragglers will have some time to get to us. Some of us will plan on being out for the whole day, but that is definitely not a requirement for everyone. You can come for however long you can stay, but there are those who stay until well past dinner time. =) Bring a flashlight, very good shoes for safety and comfort, layered clothes, sunscreen, water bottle, tripods, etc. Everyone is invited, even if you're not in this group (such as significant others', family, friends, etc).

Examples






More information
Napa Wineries
Wikipedia

Master Who's Coming List (updated here)
spiicytuna +1
-kinetic
Digital Trav (maybe)
sam.soneja
MrGiggles (maybe)
Penelope's Loom
FyreMoth
shelley04
folken66
Shellcomber
shelley04
marythecatsmeow
pezlvr4u + 1
Conway L.
victor solanoy [digitalized] (maybe)
La Petite Gourmande (maybe)
duoli
-mike
ethernectar
Canon Fanboy
Jon Maceda
imkeija


Carpool Information

Carpool 1 aka Hercules
Meet Spot: Hercules (address will be mailed)
Driver: Shelly04
Departing: 11:00am (show up at 10:30am)
Passengers:
1. Shelly04
2. Shellcomber
3. FyreMoth
4. -kinetic
5. marythecatsmeow
6. fujimonster
7. Penelope's Loom
8. -mike
Notes:
- -kinetic will bring a handheld navigation system, so we won't be able to get lost. he also has a navigation system in his cell phone. double for redundancy ;)

Carpool 2 aka TunaPool
Meet Spot: San Francisco (exact location tbd)
Driver: spiicytuna
Passengers:
1. spiicytuna
2. marie (not on flickr)
3. sam.soneja
4. folken66
Notes:
- carpool will arrive at Taylors around noon

Carpool 3 aka TupperwarePool
Meet Spot: San Jose (TBD)
Driver:
Passengers:
1. duoli
2. imkeija
3. fanboy
4.
Notes:
- this carpool will meet at Taylor's Refresher at Noon
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Who's in?
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Madhu_Reddy says:

Bummer..everytime I want to come I have a previous plan that I cannot change.

Next one next one for sure :-)

Have fun..happy shooting

Madhu
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peculiar planet says:

one of my favorite photogenic wineries is chateau montelina, it's at the northern end of napa. They have Jade Lake, which has two tiny islands with gazebos on them. really pretty. you can actually walk into a vineyard behind the lake. I've picked grapes from that vineyard.

highway 29 is always so busy, and IMHO isn't as pretty as say, the silverado trail, or further north, the alexander valley or even the russian river, (killer zins). There are parts of the carneros, which is the sourthern most appellation, that provide quick and easy access to vineyards.

i'd be up for midafternoon travel to catch twilight lighting.

combining wine and photography has always given me disappointing results...yeah yeah, moderation is key, but we all have our weaknesses.
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Digital Trav says:

I think I can make this one.
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sam.soneja says:

I am up for it. I don't have a car so will need to carpool with someone to Napa.
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AmbiguousProdigy [deleted] says:

I might go...

Artesa is always a good bet....and the Carneros area is great for rolling hills.
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ReefRaff says:

I'm in tentively - I am going to a 1 week long Death Valley photo trip but I can't remember exactly when... in the vicinity of March-end. I'll find out today and confirm. If I'm around on the 31st, I'm definitely in for Napa!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

When we start to get a better headcount we will try and start some carpools from different parts of the Bay Area.
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Kandi Carol says:

Bummer, I am taking a Photoshop class that day =(
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FyreMoth says:

trying to get the day off, will let everyone know.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

I'm there =) Hopefully my equipment will be ready by then. (Doing an overhaul professional cleaning, get some dust out of my lenses etc.)
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Let us know for sure FyreMoth and La Petite Gourmande....thanks.
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FyreMoth says:

100% there.
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shelley04 says:

Oh I'd love to do this! And I don't have any plans for that day, count me in!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Great shelley04! I added you to the list....
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

I am thinking that we should arrive in Napa around 12ish, but I am wondering if that gives us enough time --or maybe too much time? I know someone mentioned that they wanted to be around for dusk/twilight shots.
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Penelope's Loom says:

actually, this sounds perfect. i am a tentative yes!
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FyreMoth says:

taylor's refresher for lunch?
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

haha taylors sounds great!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

mmm Taylors! So what do people think about meeting at Taylors at 12. We will have lunch and start from there? This way while we wait our usual 30-45 minutes for stragglers to show up we can be chowing down and talking. In a week or two we can start organizing carpools based on where people are coming from...

For those who want to start planning their lunch, here is Taylor's Website. . .
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Penelope's Loom says:

What if I'm in the East Bay and don't mind driving to Napa, but don't want to drive into the city? Should I just leave my car at a BART station in the East Bay, or assume that there will be room for me in someone else's car?
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folken66 says:

Hi everyone. I'd like to join this shoot. This will be my 2nd SFBAS outing, as I was at the Potrero Hill shoot as well (the one who is not a flickr user). Looking forward to this!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@Penelope's Loom - There would be no need to drive into the city. We are meeting in Napa at Taylors which would make SF out of the way. I know for sure at least 3 of the people going are also in the east bay. As it gets closer we will start to organize some carpools which will then answer your question about room in someone else's car.
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Shellcomber says:

Yep, I'm in for this one. Btw, I read about daffodils in Napa initially from this posting below. Don't know if we'll be a little late in the season to catch daffodils, but there might be other flowers in bloom then.

www.soocool.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4414
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

Wow, the turnout for this trip will be huge =) I'm so happy to see all the active SFBAS members!!

Our group is definitely picking up steam ;)
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

But even more people would be awesome too...anyone else up for a fabulous outing?!!? :-)
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FyreMoth says:

We should consider minimizing the number of cars we drive up to napa, however. Especially if we are meeting at taylor's at high noon (read: lunch time), traffic will be a major pain in the you-know-what and parking will be even worse. The less cars we have, the greater the ease of finding parking for everyone! That also means that less people will have to be designated drivers, haha.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@FyreMoth: when it gets closer we will be organizing carpools depending on where people are coming from. At this point we should wait another week or so to get a final count of who is coming.
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FyreMoth says:

oh yeah, totally. I am just saying that when it comes time, we should definitely try to organize as many carpools as possible.
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shelley04 says:

I have a big ole suburban than can take up to 8 people and all their gear if anyone needs a ride. Especially if someone is willing to navigate. I can get to Napa, but am somewhat directionally impaired. I follow well though.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

awesome shelley04, where are you coming from?
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shelley04 says:

Fremont but if someone wants to ride with me, maybe we can meet somewhere along the way. Just let me know.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

maybe stop off at my place in Berkeley, it's along the way. or fyremoth's pad, it's even more along the way.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@shelley04 and @-kinetic - this sounds like the first carpool thats developing... Shelley04, it sounds like your 2nd stop should be fyremoth's house where you can pick him and at least two (-kinetic and matt) other people up. Nina would you be willing to drive to Hercules to hop into this carpool? Is anyone else in the east bay that wants to share on this carpool?

@fyremoth - can you send a flickrmail to shelley04 with your address?
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

As for me, I will be coming from San Francisco and I can either drive and take 2, or I can hop in with someone else who may be willing to drive. For those carpooling from any location SF, East Bay, and South Bay -- you may want to contribute cash in the car that you are in towards gas.
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Shellcomber says:

@shelley04, thanks for offering to drive! I'd like to join the carpool. I live in San Leandro (off I-580 after the 238 interchange if you're headed north). I'll send you a flickrmail.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@shellcomber - I think it would be best, especially since shelley04 said she wasnt the best with navigating, if everyone just met in one place so shelley04 only has to make one stop. Its up to you guys...just an idea. I know fyremoth, -kinetic +1, will likely meet in Hercules, so maybe you could meet there too?
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

I've added carpool information to the first thread. Check there for updates!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

- I got you with me....when it gets a lil closer we will determine a meeting spot.
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shelley04 says:

OK I've got shellcomber, now I have room for 6 more people.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@shelly04 - check up top we have a carpool section at the bottom now :-)
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shelley04 says:

Sorry, I missed that.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

anybody have some of those walkie talkies? they would be handy and fun... less cancer prone than cell phones =)
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folken66 says:

I'm in the SF area, and would like to be added to the TunaPool carpool.
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marythecatsmeow says:

Hi,

Looks like the TunaPool carpool is going to be full. I live in SF. Is anyone else willing to carpool? I will contribute for gas and toll fees
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

@marythecatsmeow: I noticed that we do not have you on the list of attendees. Is getting a ride the deciding factor on whether you attend this event or not?
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Penelope's Loom says:

It's looking like I will definitely be able to make it, so you can take me off the tentative list. :)

I am coming from Fremont, too.

shelley04 Can I catch a ride with you up to Hercules?
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marythecatsmeow says:

As long as I can catch a ride with someone, I definetely want to go
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shelley04 says:

Penelope's Loom, yes you can ride with me. Why don't you flickr mail me your address. Welcome aboard.
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Praziquantel says:

Wow, that sounds totally wonderful! I just read about it now ... unfortunately I can't make it but would love to go on any future events! :)
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Penelope's Loom says:

Thanks shelley04! A flickr mail has been sent!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Do we have any other people who are interested? Everyone is still welcome and I am sure we can still arrange more carpools....
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pezlvr4u says:

I am interested. I will probably be driving with my fiancee up there because we are thinking about staying over night.

Just FYI - the 31st of March is the last weekend for the Mustard Festival in Napa. If anyone is interested in finding out more information here is a website. www.mustardfestival.org/about/
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duoli says:

I'm interested. Anyone wants to carpool from south bay/peninsula?
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Good point duoli....do we have any other South Bay people who are interested? I know its a bit of a drive for you guys but it should be worth it :-)
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Conway L. says:

looks like a promising place. ima try to make it
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

david, you could always meet at my place along the way and we can head over to the hercules carpool. I'm in Berkeley right off 80-east, should be directly in your path.
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duoli says:

Sounds good Art, if no one else wants to carpool from south bay.
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Victor Solanoy says:

I might be able to make this one as well...
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-mike [deleted] says:

I'm a maybe at this point.
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

wonderful...the more the merrier....and if we could get some sort of South Bay carpool going it would be perfect.... :-)
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

ok the who's coming with some maybes have been added =)
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

We're thikning to stop here in Napa as well if nobody objects:

Bale Grist Mill

It's a really old mill that's open on weekends to the public. State park, thus entry fee. Might be kinda kiddy and stuff, but heck, it might produce a few ok pictures =)

www.pashnit.com/roads/cal/GristMill.htm
www.spoom.org/locator/States-HTML/CA/CA-Mill-HTML/CA-028-...






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ethernectar says:

Interested. Will put it on my calendar. Coming up from Modesto if anyone else is inbound from the Central Valley/Tracy/Pleasanton...

matt
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//steven says:

i'm interested also.
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duoli says:

Hmm, so what type of lenses are suitable for this trip? wide or tele, zoom or prime? tripod?
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

I'm not too sure what other people will be doing, but I'm planning this:

Macro Lens - There may be a few really neat flowers, plants, and what not.

Wide - I'm pretty sure we'll get a bunch of landscapes to shoot =) Hopefully some nice puffy clouds too if we're lucky.

Tripod - not sure if we're going to do any night shooting / lower light. I'm bringing my tripod anyways =P


I will of course bring my 18-200, though I may be focusing on mostly the wide end or using my macro. That's what I predict.

Anyone else have ideas?
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imkejia says:

will join you guys
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duoli says:

Looks like me, Kejia, and Steven (fanboy) will carpool from south bay.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

Will you be meeting us at Taylor's then instead of my house?
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

I added your carpool to the first post up top =)

Make sure you have my cell phone. I'm guessing we'll just meet you at Taylor's? Unless you want to meet the other two carpools in Hercules?

Also how many people can you fit? Would you be willing to take more if more south bayers come?

awesome, thanks for putting together that carpool.
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marythecatsmeow says:

Hi,

I still would like to join you guys. Can I get on one of the carpools? I live in SF

Thanks
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duoli says:

Art- yeah, I have your cell. We can meet at Taylors. All of us have small cars, so we can take one more.
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pezlvr4u says:

Hey, I am planning on driving up seperately but would like to follow the group up. Would it be possible to get directions and meeting time so I can plan please. Thanks.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

pezlvr: where are you driving from, where do you want to meet us? We will be leaving from SF and from Hercules. OR you can meet us at Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena. Let me know, and I can give you directions etc =)
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pezlvr4u says:

I am coming from Hayward. I can meet whatever is easiest. For San Francisco afraid I might get lost lol not so good with driving in SF unless directions there are super easy.
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ethernectar says:

I'll be there for sure. Can't wait...

If anyone needs a lift from the valley, just LMK.

It sounds like short drives between spots then wandering, is that so?

matt
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FyreMoth says:

pez if you are coming from Hayward, you can either meet at my place (Hercules) or -kinetic's (Albany). Both are just a few minutes off the highway on the way up to Napa. Alternatively you can just meet us at Taylor's.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

pez: Yeah from hayward don't go to SF. It's way out of the way =) Meet us in Hercules. Send FyreMoth a flickrmail for directions and meet time.
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Shellcomber says:

wow, so many ppl are going on this outing! this'll be great!
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

We're going to leave Hercules at 11am, so everyone who will be meeting us in Hercules should be there by 10:30am.

otherwise, meet at Taylor's at 12pm =)
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shelley04 says:

What if it rains?
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Weather for the whole weekend looks good....so dont jinx us ;-)

Mar 30 Friday
Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Mar 31 Saturday
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Apr 1 Sunday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

Looks good =) Everyone please send me a FlickrMail with your cell phone number, and I will reply with mine as well. This is especially important for carpoolers / drivers =)

When you arrive at Taylor's, please introduce yourself to me and the group so we know you're with us. I will do my best to also look around for people, but with a sourdough chicken sandwich in my mouth, I tend not to look around too much ;)

See you guys saturday!
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pezlvr4u says:

I am not sure if I need to post this or not but I will be bringing someone with me so I am a +1
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

lisa, got you down for + 1. are you carpooling with anyone else? or meeting us at taylor's?

marythecatsmeow needs a carpool from San Francisco! Anyone else coming from there can give her a ride?
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Digital Trav says:

I think I need to be downgraded to a "maybe". :(
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duoli says:

please upgrade me and my carpool fellas to definite. We'll meet u guys at Taylors at noon. ;)
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ethernectar says:

Dare I ask who shoots Canon?
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pezlvr4u says:

Kinetic - I had sent FyreMoth a flickr mail asking for directions to get to the hurcules but I have not heard back yet. I was going to be driving up seperately becuase at this point I am not sure how long I will be staying or I might be staying up there for the nite. I can meet at Taylor's - whatever is easiest I just need directions to wherever lol
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J-Mann says:

Hello everyone!

I found out about this group and saturday's meet thanks to penelope's loom. I would really like join you guys in Napa. Is there still a seat available on carpool 1? Please let me know. I was reading spiicytune's post and he mentioned that some of you will be staying out the whole day and even later. Will carpool 1 be staying that late? If so, i'll just drive there myself. I'll be coming from Martinez, very close to Hercules.

I look forward to meeting everyone!

Thanks!
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

Digital Trav - keep us updated =)

duoli - see you guys at Taylors!

ehternectar - I'm sure there will be a lot of canon people, usually the nikons and other brands are the minority, though we've made a comeback recently ;) hehe

pezlvr4u - I'll send you a PM with his address in a moment

Jon Maceda - there should be one more spot, BUT, we'll need to double check that spot. We'll most likely be staying there the entire day. Just come to Hercules, and we can sort it out then unless you need to know before hand.

btw. as I recall, there is plenty of safe parking where we're meeting in Hercules. It's a very nice area =)
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

Does anyone have any wineries and/or locations that they absolutely want us to go to?
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J-Mann says:

kinetic - Wish I could stay the entire day but unfortunately I have other plans later in the pm. I'll just see you all at Taylors. Thanks!
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spiicytuna is a group administrator spiicytuna says:

--> dont worry about it! Stay as long as you can and have a good time :-)
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

Hey Jon M,
sounds great! Yeah everyone's welcome to come and go whenever they'd like to. Spiicy and I just hang out all day cuz we're losers ;) j/k...

See you at taylor's!!!
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shelley04 says:

Carpool #1 will stay as long as the riders want to. I have no obligations for the whole day.
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-mike [deleted] says:

It looks like I can make it. Is there any room in the SJ carpool for me to ride along?
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duoli says:

Mike, we're actually leaving EARLY in the morning for a sunrise shoot in Marin. If you want to join us, send me a flickr mail. Otherwise looks like carpool1 has one more spot.
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artchang is a group administrator artchang says:

ok looks like all our carpools are filled out, unless a south bay person is crazy enough to go with david early in the morning =)

Shelley: do you have directions to hercules? I think you'll be picking up one, and then meeting the rest in hercules.

Spiicytuna: you'll meet us in Hercules?

And the rest we'll be meeting at Taylor's at noon =)

We won't leave Taylor's before 1:00pm, so let me know if you'll be arriving a bit after =) We can either wait a bit or we'll meet you at one of our stops.

This is exciting, see you guys soon!

ps. anybody have 2 way radios?
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