We set out to explore. My secret desire was to find green hills/meadows and fall. The weather got cold a week ago but the last few days have been in the mid-high 70's again. Perfect weather to explore.
We debated which direction to head and finally headed out to Brown's Valley. We drove by the home we had thought we'd move in to before it sold....and realized it was nice....pretty area....where we are is much more conducive to being involved in relational ministry. We also have a MUCH quicker drive to base.
Next we headed to Grass Valley. I had no real idea of what we'd find there. I thought I had heard there was a state park nearby. I hoped hiking trails, with nice picnic areas, would materialize. We ended up in a public parking lot....I took this shot to add to my "Outhouses Across CA" portfolio.....seriously, we miss squatty potties - you don't have to TOUCH anything - but we are thankful the places we've visited in the last two weeks have all HAD outhouses!
|Note the fall colors!|
|Thrilled to be out of our subdivision!|
We fell in love with these sand pictures...the lady wouldn't tell me the price on the big one - always a bad sign. There is liquid and air and sand in these and the designs are always different. Zander loved watching this.....They had some with backgrounds that were sort of fun. There was a bright one that reminded me of the Northern Lights in AK.
All heartily endorsed the Lazy Dog Chocolateria! The kids enjoyed hand dipped ice cream bars; Michael and I indulged in hand dipped dark chocolate covered honey comb and dark chocolate dipped toffee (respectively).
I found the acceptable answer to the age-old burning holiday question, "What does a vegan do at Thanksgiving?"
These stamps were impressive! They were used to crush ore...and the noise could be heard from miles away.
We didn't make it out of the compound early enough to hike the trails. There ARE lots of picnic tables here. Next time we'll have our lunch here instead of the public parking lot.
We also drove by a few campgrounds on Rollins lake and one in Grass Valley. It was RENEWING to see TREES and GREEN meadows and fall colors. Several commented we need to do this every couple of weeks. LOL
Living all of life before the face of God...