On Saturday we decided to drive up country to find some FALL COLOR. Oh my, did we find the beauty of Fall. It was everywhere.
We drove up highway 88 to Red Corral and took the Red Corral Rd. south, over the Mokelumne River, to West Point. We stopped at the Tiger Creek White Water take-out. A "take out" is where you take out your raft, kayak or canoe after you have gone down river in it.
This, to me, is environmental damage that is done for convenience.
Look at this...
Where a little old lady, pushing a wheel chair, has the right of way.
Where the general store is packed to the ceiling and has everything you could possibly need... if your "need" isn't too great.
We bought cold drinks.
And a bar where I'm sure that "everyone knows your name".
I. personally, like the feel of the place. .. but I think you kind of have to earn your citizenship up there. It's a town of cautious friendliness.
We continued south to Rail Road Flat. This town does not have an designated downtown. The town is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
This historic mining town,with an elevations of 2,600 feet, was named after primitive mule-drawn ore cars used here. There was never actually a railroad here. The town was established in 1849. It was the site of an Indian council as well as the center of rich placer and quartz mining. Its largest producer was the Petticoat Mine. The Post Office was established in 1857, closed in 1858, and re-established in 1869. The town's population was decimated in 1880 by Black Fever.
Across the street from the monument was a huge building.
They are awesome animals. Hard to believe there were huge herds of them roaming the plains of America once. You can read about them HERE. This is everything you every wanted to know about the American Bison.
We continued on, enjoying the beautiful countryside with all the fall color and sky so blue that you could feel the colors inside of you.
Eventually we reached an old mining town with the same name, Jesus Maria. Just a wide open area with a farm and an old barn.
in Calaveras County. It lies at an elevation of 1043 feet
It use to be the center of a large placer mining section, named for a Mexican who raised vegetables and melons for the miners. It was settled in the early 1850s with a large population of Mexicans, French, Chileans, and Italians. Now it is only populated by a few families who live together and work for common goals, including a large community garden, basketball court, a jungle gym for children, and a windmill to pump water. Jesus Maria is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
I just can't get enough of this kind of rock.
Where is my pick and my gold pan. Look at all those crevices.
This all use to be at the bottom of a river.
I wanted to stop and dig in the creek across the road.
The urge to stop, get out and dig was intense... to scrape in between those wonderful rocks ,were all the years of debris have accumulated. Gold fever... it's in my heart and soul. It's a driving force.. a ...
But, we didn't stop.
We drove on, until we saw Butte Mountain in the distance and finally knew where we were... sort of.
We knew we were going in the right direction, but the road was getting smaller and we had never been over this road before. We laughed at the idea that the road might just end in the dirt somewhere and that we would have to go back the way we came. But it didn't.
We came to highway 26 and we knew that Mokelumne Hill was right down the road.
We took a quick detour down through the town of Moke Hill to show our son, who hadn't been there before. Its charm, as always, is evident.
This is another historic site.
Please read the history part of Wikipedia's info on this interesting town. It wasn't always a small town.
I wish I could have been a little higher so the reflection of the word "open " would have been complete. I think it's an interesting shot. Always look for shot within the shot. Find the most interesting part of a photo and don't be afraid to crop your photo to get that shot.
Oh look... I found the "open" word in another photo. I cropped it and well... what do you think?
I'm still tired from the activities of last week, so I'm going to stop tonight.
Don't forget to vote tomorrow. We can all look forward to not seeing all those political ads on TV anymore. That should be incentive enough.