As requested, a little history and pics from two ends of the gold country.
Back in the late winter, I had the pleasure of visiting Twain Harte in Tuolumne County. It is up in the mountains a bit, so lots of pine trees
It was a sunny morning
Cute town, bad shot
Early spring blooms
They have a unique private lake formed by a natural granite rock dome and a manmade dam
The dome exfoliated, the heavy sides snapped from the round top a few millimeters and they drained the lake to ensure it was still safe (it is now partially refilled)
I really wanted to walk on it and see, but tons of fencing discouraged me
Kinda sad to see the dry lakebed, but lots more of those to come
You can see some of the homeowner docks for perspective
Then I went down to Knights Ferry, a small town on the Stanislaus river in the foothills. They have a very old covered bridge and park
A beauty, no?
From the inside
A mid-span view of the river
The toll house
Very old building made with local stone
Along with this old powerhouse
Abandoned so long a tree has grown inside
Some historical info
One of the water mains
The pumphouse had the machinery that turns to generate electricity
More parts, more plants taking over
One of those old mill stones, which were imported from Europe
The town is also very historic, most buildings were from the 1800’s
So pretty, also houses the tiny post office
The art deco mail boxes were a highlight
But the sunset on the way home was outstanding, as you can see below
In the valley the sunset’s seem to be so expansive
This one was particularly vibrant
I have no words….
I’ll try to be more prompt posting regularly.