this was the first time i had been to napa...only took us 3 years of living on this coast to get there! the trip was well worth it (anything to get JC off his blackberry even for an hour!) we woke up before the sunrise to take a hot-air balloon ride over the valley. there was some fog, but the whole valley was dotted with balloons. honestly, i am not a fan of heights so i was gripping the basket and trying to breathe - we were 1450 feet up and flew for almost 5 miles.we watched the sun come up over the mountains which was truly amazing from that height...and yes - I was still gripping the sides of the basket.once we were safely on the ground (phew!) we headed out for an afternoon of wine tasting.