Thursday, January 28, 2010
On the road again!
Just returned home from a short road trip to Northern California and beautiful Placerville to visit a lovely and talented new friend. The area is absolutely glorious and the air was crisp, cold with intermittent light rain. Additionally, in slightly higher elevation on the way to South Lake Tahoe there was snow along the roadside and lots of beautiful pine trees and old oaks.
Two wonderful days were spent spinning and hanging out playing with fiber as well as exploring the countryside nearby. Not too far from Placerville, gold was discovered many years ago in the California Gold Rush. Also checked out a little local yarn and fiber shop called Lofty Lou's. Definitely worth the trip (just remember, it is closed on Tuesday.) Found a great little place to get fabulous coffee called Zia's. Additionally, we took a little trip out to the Boeger Winery and it was a beautiful sight, well tended vineyards, tasting room and a lovely old house built in the 1800s where Lexi Boeger (the oracle of all things contemporary in spinning artistry in my opinion) lives. What a beautiful setting to wake up to in the morning. You definitely feel a connection to the history of the area here.
At the end of the visit, I hated to have to leave but Louie (my husband)was ready to get on the road again. We traveled down highway 49 to Angels Camp and then cut over to Route 99 to make our way home. He had his heart set on stopping for dinner and apple pie at Apple Annie's in Tulare. So, he got his wish and I got a chance to take a photo of the fountain in the courtyard built of car parts as well as a pic of the apple pie a la mode. I must admit that it was as good as I remembered. With his tummy happy we continued on our journey.
Going up the Grapevine, there was fog but the road was open although there was snow along the roadside. Once we descended out of the mountains, things cleared up and it was a straight drive home to Hemet. All and all, a lovely trip although as an old person, I must say I missed my own bed! Needless to say, I slept like a baby, dreaming of yarns yet to create and combinations of fibers to explore!