Mother Lode Motel
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Saturday July 12, 2014
Today was a rest and relaxation day. The afternoon was spent at the pool reading, swimming and some conversation with our fellow campers; for dinner we visited a local restaurant for a meal of prime ...
... a film explaining the discovery of gold the formation of
the town. We wandered around the town which had several period buildings, a functioning blacksmith shop and a recreation of the saw mill near which gold was discovered. After a picnic lunch we headed north on CA Rt. 49 to “Nevada City” an old gold mining town where we strolled Main Street of the historic district and did a little shopping.
... the wooden sidewalks past the
beautifully restored store fronts containing restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors’, candy stores clothing stores and souvenir shops. We also walked down to the river where there is a paddle wheel boat that is now a combination restaurant, bar and hotel. It was an enjoyable afternoon.
... beautiful redwood forest and later on the hardwood forests of the mountains. In “Redwood Valley” we turned east on CA Rt. 20, and as we traveled east the mountains leveled out and the rolling hills turned from lush forests to grass covered hills what was mostly ugly dead grass. Entering the Sacramento valley the landscape changed to agriculture, that included corn and unidentified produce, and what we ...
... Grass Valley.
Grass Valley has many Vermontesque shops - lots of local artisans, delicious local food, farmer's market and incredible live local musicians playing in the blocked off streets. We even ate ice cream at a local shop that rivaled Ben and Jerry's - the ice cream bars were out of this world.
The best part though was spending time with family - grandpa took the boys golfing, we went to the local beach ...