Hot, hot, hot!
Trip Start Aug 07, 2011
16Trip End Aug 26, 2011
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Mariposa was an unexpected delight - just a small strip of stores in the middle of nowhere but some of the buildings were old - 1901 and there was even an authentic place to "hitch your hoss" when you rode into town. We stopped for a light snack at the Yosemi Tea tearoom which specialised in different loose leaf teas from around the world - I opted for a vanilla rooibos which was delicious
The drive onto Merced was hot, dusty and increasingly arid. Fields were brown and crispy and we marvelled as to how they supported any wildlife as the landscape looked very barren and inhospitable. Merced was a town of contrasts, both visually and economically with some areas run down and charactererised by cheap shops and cafes. In contrast, other areas were manicured, well tended and appeared affluent.
We stopped off in a mall to do some shopping (and enjoy the air conditioning) and found a Target - a great shopping spot we knew from our Florida trips.
Our B & B was another surprise, we knew that Jackie and Jerry kept chickens so we thought they would be in a rural spot but Serenity Gardens was on the end of a cul-de-sac. They were very hospitable hosts and Jackie was understandably proud of her lovely garden, just over an acre, with 35 hens in an enclosure at the back of the vegetable patch
Jackie and Jerry have two dogs, Spot and Bonita, so it was good to have a doggy fix and they were certainly pleased to see us.
Have to say that the ongoing canasta tournament is not working in the Reynolds favour, the Goldsmiths seem to be on a winning streak much to my chagrin.
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