Coloma drive-by

With quarantine and social distancing still in full affect here in Northern California it was high time for a drive.  Rest assured I stayed in my car and didn’t come within miles of other people.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California is a family tradition.  Gold was discovered at this site which ultimatly launched the California Gold Rush.  I panned for gold here dozens of times as a kid.  My mother and Aunts took all of us kids here a lot as children as it isn’t far from where they all grew up in Gold Country.  The site is a lovely place for a picnic on the river.

The historic park is typically full of cars, field trippers, hikers, picnickers, etc.  It was pretty sad to see it totally quiet and absent of people with doors shuttered.  As a travelor I always lament scores of people and hate crowds.  But, I wish they were back as it would be a sign of everyone’s health, the economy, normalcy, and everyone’s general mental well being.

Where is the first place you are going to travel when we can safely do so?  What have you learned while isolating?  What have you come to appreciate that perhaps you once took for granted?  I hope all of you are well and I can’t wait to read about your travels as soon as it is safe to do so again.

Gold Country Drive – Barbed Wire

When I was a kid my Grandfather had a decoration he hung on the wall with various kinds and shapes of Barbed Wire affixed to it.  I was always interested and had a veiled respect for this display because it could hurt me if I touched it and it also seemed strange that a man would display what seemed like garbage on the wall.  Well, now that I am a little older and realize that the barbed wire isn’t going to jump off the display and cut me I find it a fascinating thing to photograph.  I ran across some while I took my little Gold Country drive the other day.  I hope you enjoy the different perspective and the good excuse to use my macro lens. 


Gold Country Drives – Barns

During our little drive through the Gold Country it is easy to come across barn after barn after barn.  I stopped by and took a few photos of them hoping to give you a sense of the area.  I have always been fond of barns since we have had many of them through the years on properties homesteaded by my ancestors.  Here are a few we stumbled upon that make me wonder what might be inside of them.

Submitted as part of Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge.

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Gold Country Drive – Columbia,Ca

My husband and I set out for another great day drive through the gold country.  As some of you may know gold was discovered in 1848 by James Marshal at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento,California in a beautiful place called Coloma.  This discovery set off what was later to be coined the California Gold Rush.  Tons of people came west with their sites set on riches.  In order to support these folks many “gold towns” sprouted up.  It’s always fun to me to go through and visit these towns observing how they have changed over the years.  Some are quickly on their way to obscurity while others are being revitalized by wineries, antique shops, coffee houses, and restaurants.  I have mixed emotions about the revitalization changes ultimately deciding it is for the best.

Join me on a tour of Columbia, a preserved gold town turned state park.

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