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We made it to Sonora after a 2.5 hour car ride from San Francisco. The drive was not particularly pretty. We did see a lot of produce farms-may have been cherry trees or apricots. Emmett was a real trooper. Sonora was a cute, historic town. It was 100 degrees! We visited Columbia State Park, a historic gold mining town. I was really looking forward to this visit as it receives excellent reviews. However, there was really no one there! It was ...
... the We-muk.
I watched an elderly lady as she wove small baskets from reeds and roots of some plant I couldn't hear her say.
Outside were the remains of an Indian village. No cloth teepees!
Coffee was next on the agenda, all this sight seeing is thirsty work!
Once consumed, we wandered to where the free shuttle buses were ferrying tourists around the huge park.
It didn't seem as organised as ...
... surrounding forests. With average winter temperatures well below freezing, most of it closes for the off season. Enough of the place was still open for us to find a warm bed and a cold beer.
The next morning we looked out of the door to find a gentle snow falling on Elephant's cover. It was time to unpack the serious cold weather gear and head north along the valley. We turned off into the mountains and climbed along the road towards Monitor ...
... off into it, and three of the girls in our group decided to do it too...although two of them got cold feet and we had to wait for half an hour for them to finally jump it!
After we got back, my group made chili dogs for dinner, with my (by now) famous potato salad, which I think the group enjoyed. We then sat around the fire for a little while and chilled out, then went to bed to prepare for our hikes tomorrow...can't wait!
... t imagine its grandeur. Too bad we didn't have the time for some hiking.
No cell phone coverage and no high-speed internet tonight (can you say dial-up?) so a relatively short post. And on this of all days no way to upload pictures (a condition subsequently rectified). By the way, a note about the relative dearth of pictures on this ...