A Foothill Fourth + Hot Springs

Apologies for the delay, I got a bit of writer’s block. A couple years ago I went into the foothills with my best friend to see fireworks and check out the state parks’ events.

We had a great time in Columbia State Historic Park, where they had all kinds of old-timey activities and historic structures.

They have cool rock formations left after they power-washed all the dirt away looking for gold, then built cabins

Pretty spartan inside though

Lots of cool ruins around from the old brick buildings

This is still a functioning saloon, with really good sas

Old wagons on display

And the blacksmith shop was up and running, with an old-timey character selling the iron wares

Lots of fun activities for the kids, such as the watermelon eating contests

And the greased pole climb? There was also an adult pole in the back, the prizes were some cash and was hilarious to watch

Candle dipping shop, I made a cool one with like 10 shades of dark blue

Can also do some panning

My favorite part of any visit here is going to the tea house, they have great food and a wide selection of teas available

So lovely

At night we headed down to Mokolumne Hill (Mo-call-uhm-nee), named after this high hill

It really dominates the area

A ton of people showed up to the high school football field to watch the fireworks get set off. It was a great show but camera’s do not capture them well unless you get special equipment

As a bonus, here is a side trip I took to Buckeye hot spring outside of Bridgeport, starting with this view of the eastern sierra

The springs come out of the ground with a very hot fury

And then heads down the hill in it’s mineral-lined channel

It then hits this overhang, created by mineral deposits and erosion from the nearby creek

Even this far down from the source, these drops are super hot

So people hang out underneath it in hot pools, or head over here a few feet to pools mixed with creek water

Primitive springs are unique and fun. Next time let’s take a tour of the vivid SF Museum of Modern Art.

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