Returning to California …

After a week in Mendoza, Argentina it was time to get back to the job site.

Bryan’s flight left Mendoza on Monday afternoon and, after passing through Santiago, Chile, it arrived in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas this morning at 6:05 am.  After clearing U.S. immigration and customs, Bryan had a three hour flight to San Jose, California.  Then, to the job site!

Our good friend, Mike Calise, picked Bryan up at SJC and took him home.  Mike is with EVadvise, and provides advice to clients regarding EV charging infrastructure and how it will evolve as the world starts to adopt electric vehicles.

After picking Bryan up and during the short drive to Monte Sereno, Mike spotted a Nissan LEAF on Highway 17 and both Bryan and Mike enjoyed watching one of the first Nissan LEAFs navigate the freeway in San Jose.

Al had completed putting shakes on the East side of the East gable, and was now starting to put our yellow cedar shakes on the South side of the South gable.  This is great as our neighbors and friends can now see visible progress on our house as they drive north on Winchester Boulevard.

Finally, the day concluded with our son, Nikolas, blowing out the candles on his birthday cake.  Nik turned 12 today!

After arriving in DFW, Bryan collected hsi luggage and had to clear U.S. Customs. Fortunately, the wine was wrapped securely in Mendoza and it was not leaking after travelling to DFW (via Santiago, Chile).

After arriving in DFW, Bryan collected hsi luggage and had to clear U.S. Customs. Fortunately, the wine was wrapped securely in Mendoza and it was not leaking after travelling to DFW (via Santiago, Chile).

Three hours later, Bryan was curbside in SJC and Mike was to show up at any minute. The box containing the wine has not leaked ... Yet.

Three hours later, Bryan was curbside in SJC and Mike was to show up at any minute. The box containing the wine has not leaked … Yet.

On the way home, Mike Calise spotted a Nissan LEAF on Highway 17 and quickly navigated behind it ...

On the way home, Mike Calise spotted a Nissan LEAF on Highway 17 and quickly navigated behind it …

The Nissan LEAF looks ok and was travelling on Highway 17 at a good clip. White looks fine.

The Nissan LEAF looks ok and was travelling on Highway 17 at a good clip. White looks fine.

Back to the project site! Our yellow cedar shakes are starting to go on the South side of the South gable.

Back to the project site! Our yellow cedar shakes are starting to go on the South side of the South gable.

Al had the roof and job site buttoned up nicely, so we will be fine with the forecasted rain showers.

Al had the roof and job site buttoned up nicely, so we will be fine with the forecasted rain showers.

The six bottles of Carinae wine that Bryan brought back from Mendoza, Argentina arrived safely (no breaks or leaks!).

The six bottles of Carinae wine that Bryan brought back from Mendoza, Argentina arrived safely (no breaks or leaks!).

The other container arrived in perfect condition. It had three bottles of wine from Finca La Celia. These wines are some of our favorites.

The other container arrived in perfect condition. It had three bottles of wine from Finca La Celia. These wines are some of our favorites.

We celebrated Niks 12th birthday today with his favorite cake!

We celebrated Nik’s 12th birthday today with his favorite cake!

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