Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

As we say, come for the cannabis and stay for the views! Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis on a Happy Travelers Tours educational adventure!

Come for the Cannabis, Stay for the Views

Yup, when you join Happy Travelers Tours as we head up the Mountain to our partner’s farm you’ll appreciate the views of the Sonoma Valley as we climb to over 2,000 feet above sea level.

Once at “A Gardner’s Dream” (our grow partner’s operation), we will see a full acre of cannabis under cultivation from our birds-eye view location at Camp Cannabis.

Camp Cannabis

Our headquarters up at the grow is Camp Cannabis and it is where we enjoy:

  • Our Master Grower conversation
  • Our Sip-and-Sniff Experience
  • Lunch
  • Our ‘Learn to Trim’ activity
  • Joint Rolling Competition (using CBD flower)

Camp Cannabis offers a bird’s-eye view of the entire grow site and provides for spectacular photos, so bring you SRL camera and get some up-close-and-personal photos of 20,000 cannabis plants!

Getting Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

Not only does Happy Travelers Tours visit outdoor cannabis grows, we have access to an amazing indoor grow operation as well. In addition, because we are a Tour, our indoor grow partner allows us access to their “back room” where we can see all the technology used to grow production cannabis inside!

Book Now – Tours Fill Fast

It does not matter what time of year you decide to come on Tour, book your Tour early as we do fill up, especially on weekends and long Holidays!


Wine, Weed, & Weddings

Like most 20-something year old stoners, it’s the decade of weddings. High School and College sweethearts are preparing to tie the knot and my snapchat is flooded with boozy bachelorette bashes and bridal brunches.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my own future wedding and whether I can opt-out of an open bar for a ‘Bud Buffet’. Coming from a less cannabis-friendly family, it's a hard switch to make.

But what if I could have both?

One of the most inclusive trip ideas I’ve come across was Happy Travelers Tours, located in Sonoma Valley.

4 Ways Happy Travelers Tours will elevate your Big Day:

1. The Sonoma Scenery

Sonoma County, California, is famous for so many things that it's hard to keep them all straight. The area is most famous for its vineyards, dozens of thriving farmers' markets, mountains, forests, rivers, valleys, meadows, and 55 miles of gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline. Sonoma is the ideal destination for hiking, scenic photos, and outdoor beauty. Happy Travelers Tours offers a Sunset Tour where guests are taken to Bodega Head where they can enjoy panoramic views of the Sonoma Coast and the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets slowly into the West. The tour also includes a catered meal and tasting centered around wine and cannabis terpenes.

2. West Coast Wine 

Just an hour’s drive from San Francisco is Sonoma Wine Country, famous for its vineyards, over 500 wineries, and amazing award-winning wines.

Make your Sonoma vacation even more memorable by booking a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience like Happy Travelers Tours’ - Wine and Weed Tour. Their tours are fully customizable with activities like the “Sip-and-Sniff” experience where guests taste wine and compare cannabis flowers, looking for the similarities in aroma and complexity. From flawless Pinot Noir and exciting Zinfandels all the way to supple, well-structured Cabernet Sauvignons, the area has wine for every palate.

3. California Cannabis 

Looking for a Marijuana themed Matrimony? A Bachelorette Bash with hash?

Look no farther! Happy Travelers Tours provides an experience like no other tour group in Sonoma Valley. Their Miss to MRS. Mountain Top Grow - Wine & Weed Tour is unlike any bridal event I’ve seen yet! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of Cannabis, Cabernet, and celebration. Your dope bride will fall in love all over again with the incredible aromas as your group wines’ down and take a private tour of the cultivation fields where your party can get up-close-and-personal with Cannabis plants, combined with breathtaking views. The tour guides have found a great way to intersect hands-on learning with education through their “Trimming Experience” where guests learn to manicure a bud, process it for rolling, and then try to roll a “joint.” 

Whether you’re a seasoned roller or a beginner, it was a fun competition for everyone in the group to test their skills.

4. Personalized Packages

The best part about Happy Travelers Tours? Their experiences are fully customizable. When planning a party or event, you have the choice of various add-ons like cake, Champagne, and several CBD-infused options like salads with CBD-infused dressing and Focaccia Bread with CBD-infused balsamic vinegar and/or oil.

They can schedule tours for all group sizes ranging from large parties to small intimate gatherings and can also put on events privately at your 420-friendly accommodations/AirBnb.

In Conclusion

I ‘highly’ recommend visiting HappyTravelersTours.com, especially the Bachelorette section of their website because they have everything mapped out for a ‘stoner’ planner like myself. They also include an entire (Three-day) itinerary, listing several local attractions, their favorite dining places, and how to get the most out of your visit.

As they say in Sonoma,

“Come for the Cannabis, Stay for the Views”


Growing Cannabis on the Mountain

Growing Cannabis on the Mountain is a pure joy - watching the clones transform into healthy plants is amazing! Join us in our growing cannabis adventure and Book a MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour today!

Let's Look at the Clones!

As you know we over 35,000 square feet of sun-drenched cannabis plants growing on our 3 acre mountaintop grow site. As of this post (5/26) the clones have been in the ground for about two weeks and they're getting both height and fan leaves.

Auto-Flower Clones Means What?

All of these plants are auto-flower clones and, so, they've been 'breaking bud' since they first hit the soil. We're not expecting large plants from this crop, but we are planning on two crops this outdoor season before we convert to hoop houses for the Fall/Winter.

This means, we will be running our MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour year-round - the exception will be in the rainy months when there's nothing going on at the grow except in the Greenhouse.

Join us on the MountainTop, or on any one of our educational cannabis tours!

Water Water Everywhere!

Growing Cannabis on the Mountain is not without it's challenges, the biggest one is water management. Part of the reason we're using both soft pots and raised beds is a "wet zone" in one part of the grow.

Because it's too wet to go directly in the dirt in that section, we opted to put plants into pots as well. Turns out, we've got 8,000 pots and the other 12,000 plants are in the beds!

What Else Happens on the MountainTop?

Our MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour puts you up-close-and-personal with cannabis in several ways during our Tour.

  • Grower Presentation - a hands on conversation about what techniques are being used at the site
  • Sip-and-Sniff Experience - we will handle three different strains of cannabis as we discuss Terpenes.
  • Trimming Experience - we teach you how to hand-trim cannabis flowers and discuss the impact legalization has had on the trimmer community.

Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

Book your MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour today and get up-close-and-personal with 20,000 cannabis plants!


The Clones Have Arrived

The MountainTop is jumping with activity this Mother's Day weekend as the clones have arrived! Come get up-close-and-personal with 20,000 cannabis plants on our MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour!

Clones!

20,000 auto-flower clones are hitting the beds and soft pots with the goal of a harvest in late June/early July. Four Strains, two growing methodologies and 3 full acres of cannabis!

What Happens In July?

Once these 20,000 cannabis plants have matured, we will switch to greenhouse raised clones, which will go into the beds and pots as soon as the first crop is harvested. This second round will harvest around mid-September.

Baby (Clone) Pictures!

Here are some photos of the 20,000 clones. This has been more than a journey, it's been an adventure and we're super excited to be able to share this incredible space while providing exciting educational cannabis adventures to Guests from around the world!

Get Up-Close-and-Personal with Cannabis

Book your MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour today and get up-close-and-personal with 20,000 cannabis plants!

Here's the first of several videos showing the whole site!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWI5VsW7PM


2021 Cannabis Tour Season is Open!

Our Cannabis Tour season is open for 2021 and we're excited to get you up-close-and-personal to over 20,000 Cannabis plants at our MountainTop Grow Site.

Unique Opportunity

Coming on a Cannabis Tour with Happy Travelers Tours is a unique opportunity to see a cannabis farm in operation. We take advantage of our birds-eye view to enjoy a 3 acre sundrenched meadow located at 2,300 feet above sea level. Come for the Cannabis, Stay for the Views!

Get Educated about Cannabis

Happy Travelers Tours mission is to educate, destigmatize and normalize cannabis; we take the mystery out of the plant by educating our Guests about the benefits of both THC and CBD, the history of cannabis in the United States and by putting your hands on cannabis to learn about the economics of cannabis post-legalization.

Have Fun and Meet New People

Happy Travelers Tours offers a wide range of Cannabis Tours, all of which focus on education, having fun and meeting people, As we move into the 2021 Cannabis Tour Season, we're excited to expand our fleet of vehicles to include our new 12 passenger Ford Transit 350 (we take delivery the first week of June).

Are You Canna-Curious?

Do you have questions about cannabis? Have you ever tried to grow it or are you considering growing? Come on our MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour and speak with our Grower/Operator and get your cannabis questions answered!

Here's an Overview of the Site

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWI5VsW7PM

Book a Tour Today

Book your Happy Travelers Tours Cannabis Tour Today!


MountainTop Grow 2021 Part 3

Things keep happening up on the MountainTop Wine-and-Weed Tour site! We're about 3 weeks away from 20,000 auto-flower clones hitting the dirt! Here's today's update of the MountainTop Grow 2021 Part 3.

We'll Climb a Mountain

As we've mentioned in the past, our MountainTop Wine and Weed Tour is located at about two thousand three hundred feet above sea level in the heart of the Mayacamas Mountains. On a clear day, we can see San Francisco as we wind our way up and down the scenic route. Come for the Cannabis and Stay for the Views!

Here's the Yard

Here's a shot of part of the Yard where we store the materials and equipment we're using as we transform the field into a 3 acre, raised bed, cannabis grow site. We've got two bobcats working, plus a small tractor and various other pieces of equipment, from rototillers to chainsaws.

While the plants and cultivation methods are 'very green', the process of getting the site ready is absolutely dependent on machines and fuel.

Happy Travelers Tours owes a huge debt of gratitude to our grow partner, A Gardner's Dream.

These Rows are Ready!

This photo shows rows which are ready for plants! Basically, we've got 36 more rows to go! These rows run north south and are about 200 yards long each. The other 36 rows will run east west and are at least 200 yards long, possibly a bit longer when finished, we'll see!

Camp Cannabis

Get a Birds-Eye View of 3 acres of sun-drenched cannabis plants from our Camp Cannabis. Located outside of the chicken-wire fence, our campsite offers a tent for privacy, tables and chairs for food and activities and a portable restroom with easy access.

This last picture shows THE most important piece of equipment: the PortaPotty! This unit has a built-in hand washing station inside and is ready to provide comfort relief for both our Guests and Staff.

From Camp we can see the entire grow, have access to water and a restroom and enjoy an afternoon of Happy Travelers Tours activities and experiences.

Book a Happy Travelers Tour

Come on up the Mountain this year and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis as we explore the plant. As we said, come for the cannabis and stay for the views!

The First of Many Drone Flights!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWI5VsW7PM

 


MountainTop Grow 2021 Part 2

More improvements at our MountainTop Grow site as we continue to prepare for the 2021 season and the debut of the largest permitted grow site in Sonoma County!

It's True - You'll Come for the Cannabis and Stay for the Views

Situated 2,300 feet above sea-level in the Mayacamas Mountains in Wine-and-Weed Country's Sonoma Valley the grow site is a little slice of cannabis heaven. As we say, you'll have come for the cannabis but you'll want to stay for the views, which, on a perfect day, allow us to see all the way to San Francisco! It's absolutely breathtaking.

Mobile Milling Machine

This is a Mobile Saw Mill and it's on site this week milling the fire damaged trees into the lumber we're using for the raised beds and infrastructure. The trees were burned during the 2017 Nunn's Fire which 'created' this mountain top meadow!

Using these logs in the site's infrastructure keeps development costs down and keeps the grow as green as we can; it's about using what nature provided to use nature to provide back!

Happy Travelers Tours owes a huge debt of gratitude to our grow partner, A Gardner's Dream.

Bobcat on the Job

This photo shows the Bobcat moving a felled and prepped log to the milling machine. The dirt track runs along the fence right in front of our soon-to-be-built-out Camp Cannabis!

Camp Cannabis

When Camp Cannabis is built-out it will be our base of operations on Tour. Located immediately outside the fence, our camp features a 10' x 15' enclosed tent with tables, chairs and a birds-eye view of three acres of Cannabis. You'll get up-close-and-personal with over 20,000 cannabis plants this year!

This last picture is from the far side of the grow site looking back up at our Camp Cannabis site., which is located to the right side of the green water tank in this photo.

From Camp we can see the entire grow, have access to water and a restroom and enjoy an afternoon of Happy Travelers Tours activities and experiences.

Here's Video shot via Drone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWI5VsW7PM

Book a Happy Travelers Tour

Come on up the Mountain this year and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis as we explore the plant. As we said, come for the cannabis and stay for the views!

 


MountainTop Grow 2021

Our MountainTop Grow site is being prepared for the 2021 Season and we're super excited to share we've ordered over 21,000 starts. We do expect this MountainTop Grow season to be the best we've produced and we can't wait to share!

Preparation Work Continues

With our opening day approaching on 4/20 we are busy on the mountaintop preparing over 3 acres for planting; this year we're building both raised beds and using grow pots - two strategies to help us refine how we do what we do.

Come for the Cannabis, Stay for the Views

Our MountainTop Grow site is located at 2,300 feet above sea-level in the Mayacamas Mountains in Wine-and-Weed Country's Sonoma Valley. When we arrive at the site, you'll have come for the cannabis but you'll want to stay for the views, which, on a perfect day, allow us to see all the way to San Francisco! It's absolutely breathtaking.

Check out this Drone Video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWI5VsW7PM

Let's Look at Some Pictures!

Here we are seeing Row #1 of 40 almost ready for amended soil. You can see the spacing between rows and the rough-hewn lumber we're using which comes from the trees which once occupied this meadow. The Nuns Fire from 2017 burned the grow of trees which was in this space and created the opportunity to convert it.

It's taken several years to get through the permitting process, primarily because of the aftermath from the 2017 fires. And, sadly, from the 2019 and 2020 fires as well. Given the grow site is part of the county, and that the fires have impacted Sonoma County at the macro level, getting ANY permit through the County's process has been significantly delayed.

Housing comes first and, at this point in 2021, there are only a half-dozen permitted outdoor grows in Sonoma County and this grow is the largest with a permit allowing almost 4 full acres of grow.

Happy Travelers Tours owes a huge debt of gratitude to our grow partner, A Gardner's Dream.

This photo shows some other rows we're working on now. To get to this point we've had to:

  • remove the burned, diseased and dead trees
  • hand mill the wood
  • place fence posts around the 3 acre perimeter
  • put up the chicken wire and prepare the gate
  • bring in the water tanks (two 50,000 gallon tanks filled by a natural spring on the property)
  • prepare and re-enforce the access road

This last picture is from 'our' side of the fence. As you can imagine, we don't go into the actual grow during the Season, instead, we have a birds-eye view of over 3 acres of cannabis. If we pan to the left, we see the grow extends a long way!

Book a Happy Travelers Tour

Come on up the Mountain this year and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis as we explore the plant. As we said, come for the cannabis and stay for the views!

 


Bad Cannabis and Good Cannabis

How can you tell Bad Cannabis from Good Cannabis? In this day and age of legal, grey and black-market cannabis, how does a consumer know the good from the bad?

And, what do we mean by “good” and “bad”? For the purposes of this post, there are three definitions we’re working with:

  • Effect: Good cannabis will provide the effect you want. Pretty much a subjective experience.
  • Quality: There are measurable metrics which can determine if the cannabis is “good” or “bad”. These are objective experiences and typically require a testing lab.
  • Health: While cannabis is considered a medicine, how you use it will impact your health in either a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ way. Too much of anything is excessive, however, this metric is, again, subjective.

Track and Trace

In legal markets, ‘track and trace’ systems ensure the cannabis which is being sold at licensed dispensaries is in fact free of heavy metals and minerals and is as ‘pure’ as it can be.

This does NOT mean the cannabis is “good” in the qualitative sense; I’ve smoked plenty of cannabis from dispensaries which was just “bleh”. Most times, ‘curing’ the cannabis is as important as growing it pesticide free.

If cannabis is not cured correctly, the flavor profile (and the effect) can be diminished.

Trichomes, Terpenes and Flavinoids

These component parts of the cannabis plant are key when looking at ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cannabis. The trichomes produce the resin which provides the THC – so, strains which generate healthy outputs of trichomes are ‘good’ (when you’re measuring THC).

The terpenes are what make up the aroma and taste of cannabis (when you peel an Orange, what you smell and then taste are terpenes). Again, an indicator of ‘good’ cannabis is the presence of terpenes.

Flavinoids are what give the cannabis flower it’s visual characteristics. So, vivid colors and hues are positive indicators.

Indoor versus Outdoor

You can have ‘good” indoor and outdoor and ‘bad’ indoor and outdoor grown cannabis. One thing about growing indoors: at some point, the grower’s grow room development, they will be working with a stable strain and will have “dialed” in the grow room so it’s optimal for the strain they’re growing.

There are significantly more environmental factors to consider when growing outdoors, however, sun-grown cannabis plants often reach spectacular heights and diameters.

Both indoor and outdoor growing can produce ‘good’ cannabis, but, as the saying goes, the bad stuff is being grown somewhere too!

The Ash Test – Butterfly Wings

One way to tell how carefully your cannabis was grown is the “butterfly wing” ash test. When cannabis is grown properly, the last three weeks (or so) of their grow cycle is spent feeding the plants only water. While flushing doesn't change the inherent structure of the plant, it will provide the plant with a cleanse, as it were.

One way to know how well your plant was cared for is to burn a bowl to ash. You should see what looks like a burned butterfly wing – just a light pile of almost white ash.

If you see dark ash, or, the ash doesn’t burn away cleanly, that is an indicator the cannabis plant wasn’t flushed properly and may contain by-products which are not healthy.

It is unlikely that well-grown and prepared cannabis would do much other than burn to gray or white ash. Conversely, you probably don’t need to be a snob about having ash as white as driven snow. So long as the smoke is smooth and flavorful, it’s probably good bud.

This is one way to see if your stash is good.

Bad Cannabis and Good Cannabis

It comes down to a combination of factors, including: does the cannabis you consume “work” for you?

In my use case, the cannabis which I use to manage chronic pain is a potent indica strain which provides me with a ‘body high’ enabling me to move easier. This is my “good” cannabis.

However, it could be someone else’s ‘bad’ cannabis if they do not enjoy the experience!

How to Learn More

Book a Happy Travelers Tours cannabis adventure and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis plants on our MountainTop Grow!


Cannabis – the Good, Bad and Ugly

Different kinds of good, bad and ugly are showing up within the cannabis industry. Everything from ‘good’ access to ‘ugly’ inequities in industry business ownership to ‘bad’ players gaming the system to, well, you name it.

Perspective and Opportunities

When we look at the good, bad and ugly from different perspectives we gain a deeper understanding of where the cannabis industry is and what the challenges and opportunities are going forward.

Good: Access to Cannabis seems to lower opioid Deaths

Researchers from Yale and the University of California, Davis published a study last week in The BMJ showing that access to legal cannabis stores in the US was found to be associated with a reduction in opioid-related deaths. The study found a particular link between access to cannabis stores and deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

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Good: Cannabis is a growth driver in Canada

Cannabis emerged as a growth driver, contributing $8.26 billion to Canada’s economy as of July while accounting for 9,200 people currently working in the sector, according to Statistics Canada. Legalization also opened the door for research funds to fine-tune how the cannabis plant’s various cannabinoids can be used to treat pain, anxiety, and cancer, among other ailments.

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Bad: Frequent Use as a Youth isn’t Good

When you dig into the research about chronic use among pre-teens and teens (up to young adults, you’ll find continued discussions about the negative impact cannabis use has, which is, frankly, to be expected. Just like with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, excessive use starting young tends to lead to addiction, behavior and life issues later on.

Ugly: Cannabis Stocks and Entrepreneurial Access

The only stock market currently supporting cannabis stocks is TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) and, based on a BNN Bloomberg story in October 2019 (after 1 full year of legalization), cannabis stocks took a bashing.

On top of this, in both the Canadian and US cannabis markets, cannabis dispensaries are disproportionately owned and operated by whites.

According to Marijuana Business Daily, approximately 81 percent of cannabis business owners or founders are white, while only 4 percent are African American. This begs the questions: Why are there so few African Americans in the cannabis space? What is it that's keeping them out of the industry, and how can they succeed ever in this changing environment?

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What Does it All Mean for Cannabis?

Different types of Good, Bad and Ugly mean there will be different solutions. Many of them fall back to education, social justice and economic issues which won’t change over-night but which are in the process of changing.

What To Do

If you’re interested in learning more about cannabis, cannabis production and the cannabis industry, come on Tour with Happy Travelers Tours and get up-close-and-personal with cannabis.