Friday, July 29, 2016

Day 29 - Trees once more

Today we hiked in the Sierras which have both lots of trees and lots of granite to make New Englanders feel more at home.  Eric who though looks like our son hikes like a mountain goat took us scrambling through boulder fields and up slanted slabs of smooth granite.  It was great fun for him, good fun for Cathy and Larry and not nearly as much fun for Michelle who finally found some shade and waited for the rest of the group to fetch her.   The scenery was fantastic including a high waterfall, and a roaring stream which we got to take a dip in plus the trees and mountains.  We also managed to exchange texts with friends on vacation in Iceland from the mountain.  Modern technology!

Some Sierra Nevada Scenery

This jay kept Michelle company while the rest went higher and higher
Eric and Cathy watching the dipper they found walk up the waterfall.

After trying to kill us Eric and Cathy took us up winding mountain roads which Michelle hates in search of some plants they wanted to see.  They did get lucky and located the specimens they were looking for so they did not shorten Michelle's life for no reason at all.  We then went to Placerville which is one of the few towns that popped up due to the California Gold Rush that still survives today.  The main street is right out of a western movie and is keeping with the towns's previous name which was Hangtown due the number of hangings they had.

Placerville Hardware which claims to be the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi

Statistics Corner
States involved: We came close to returning to Nevada but stayed in California all day
Hobson rested today as we took Cathy's car.

Regular Features
Song of the Day: This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie - We have spent most of our last several days hiking on federal land which means it is sort of ours.  I am glad we have it.
Coolest Car of the day: This Ford convertible is the best picture but we did see a gold and white '58 Ford Ranchero broken down that we did not get a shot of.

Church of the day: No entry today lahtough we did see a sign form the road that said, "God wants full custody, not just weekend visitation.

Coolest Thing of the Day – Larry - Taking a dip in the stream

Coolest Thing of the Day –Michelle-  She also liked the dip in the stream.  That is why we are still married.

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