I had an opportunity yesterday to spend time with a couple of fun ladies – Julie and Lexy picked me up at my hotel, and were my guides for the day!
We took a scenic drive so I could get a feel for the area –the foothills of the Sierras!
This area was founded by the gold mining industry in the 1800s –settlers stayed long after and made this area into what it is today.
What I didn’t know is that California’s highest bridge crosses the American River near by, and it is a beautiful drive!
Land mark sign!
We took many camping trips when I was little and I have fond memories of summers spent in pop-up tent trailers being pulled behind my dad’s volvo ---cool rivers and tire swings, the stuff of childhood family vacations.
Certain things will never leave me –the smell of campfire in our hair and clothing, and also the ever-present aroma of “wet ones” wipes as mom cleaned the sticky off our fingers from yet another round of s’mores at that camp fire!
This area reminds me so much of those childhood trips. California is always in my heart as the land where I grew up.
River below to the left in the photo!
The bridge is HIGH..but also was a bit difficult getting photos through the bars on the tall safety fence!
The river is so low...so sad to see! I hope this drought ends soon.
Can you smell the pines??
It was a glorious day!
My photos were taken from the TOP of the bridge above….and now we are below!
Don’t worry, I won’t jump!!
Water levels are low…barely a trickle running here.
I’m so happy I got to enjoy a bit of foothill scenery before we went back to the flat lands of the Sacramento Valley!
We had plans to wander around High Hand in Loomis, and some antique mall wandering in Roseville!
Photos of that to come!