Getting to Know You ... May 2012
... getting to know all about you! And loving what we see and do! From the Co-op we joined today, loaded with regional and local natural foodstuffs, to the things I've listed below, to the Galleria of Roseville, and every nuance in between, we're happy to be in Northern California. Included is the coffee shop I'm in, with its high-speed Internet, allowing me to post this.
We're staying in one of two RV spaces at a mobile-home park, on a month-to-month basis, allowing us time to look at homes for sale in the area. While convenient and relatively inexpensive, it does not boast high-speed Internet (more like very low speed). Otherwise, we're close to grocery stores and everything else modern America deems important to survive. And good news: We found our home! So, while we wait for escrow to close, we explore!
One of our day trips was to the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, CA -- site of the largest and richest gold mine in the state. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Let's see, if gold is selling today @ $1600/ounce - well, you can do the math!
A visit to the blacksmith shop on the grounds. Love that sign.
Two words: SHOOT ME!
Jimmy attempting to push an ore car. 😄 During most of Empire Mine's productive years, mules pulled ore cars thru 367 miles of horizontal tunnels. And get this: A good mucker could shovel one of these cars FULL to its 2,000 lb capacity in less than six minutes! (I repeat the above two words!)
One of the gorgeous dogwood trees on the grounds.
I'd rather be standing in the trees above ground than shoveling muck below!
Residence of the mine owner, William Bourn, Jr. This two story country home, styled after the noble estates of nineteenth century England, was built in the late 1890's. The architecture is distinguished by a remarkable redwood interior, leaded glass windows and massive granite walls. We toured part of the home and it is, indeed, remarkable. Or as we'd say, "Nice little place!"
Exbury hybrid azalea, with buzzy-bee, in front of the house.
There's lots to see and do here in NorCal, and we are taking advantage of our time by scoping out places. In Auburn we discovered this park - the confluence of the South and Middle Forks of the American River.
This picture and the one below show the Foresthill Bridge, towering 750' above the North Fork. It's the tallest bridge in California and the third tallest in the world! Some kind of work was being done to/on it, but we drove over it anyway ... kinda scary being that high up. On a different note, for future reference, this park has quite a few hiking and biking trails.
Hwy 49 bridge over the river leads to Cool. Cool, huh?
Don't think I'd want to kayak this fast water, tho.
Confluence of Middle and North forks.
Notice people in the water; it may not be cold, but this water is certainly not warm!
Near the house we are fixin' to buy is a 5-mile multi-purpose path alongside a canal -- quiet and shaded by tall trees, it's a wonderful place to stroll or even power-walk (below). We've been on it several times, although not the entire distance. Biking is also allowed and we hope to hit the trail on our bikes soon.
Here's a photo of the house we're buying,
nestled among the beautiful trees of the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills.
And a colorful azalea in the front yard.
A short road trip took us to the longest single span covered wooden bridge in the country. Located in Bridgeport (which is no longer a town, just the state park), the bridge is temporarily closed to foot traffic due to "some structural problems," but they'll be corrected and the bridge will reopen. Other activities from the visitor center include wildflower walks, bird walks, and gold panning tours. O boy! During the gold rush, placer mining claims on the river were some of the richest in California.
Hooray! The park has been taken off the closure list!
Jimmy at the edge of the South Yuba River.
We saw big kids in the water, zipping downstream with float boards. Fun!
Long span - I sure would like to walk across the bridge to the other side.
Along with light, there is a person at the end of the tunnel.
We're looking forward to lots of light and many happy experiences here. Heaven knows there is plenty of opportunities to hike, explore, dig around, kayak, swim, and shop. I think we'll make out just fine.