Red Giraffes in Wine Country

Karmere Vineyards and Winery is one of the premier visits in the Plymouth, California area.  Looking for places we could visit with minimal to no public contact we decided to give Plymouth a go.  We were met on the Karmere driveway with unusual red giraffes peaking through the vines.  (They weren’t wearing masks or social distancing but I suppose they get a pass.) It was a must to trek through the dirt in 100+ degree weather, because opportunities like this don’t come along every day.

The Plymouth area, in Amador County, is another Gold Country gem located in the Northern California Gold Country area.  Albeit this particular area has changed a lot over the years.  This once cattle and agriculture area is now primarily vineyards and businesses which support the those vineyards.  It is a much shorter drive from the Sacramento area than to our precious Napa and is less frequented which = less traffic!

Stay tuned for an accidental visit to the Amador Flower Farm which is like Christmas Day for these two day tripping photographers.


Postcards from Gold Country – Leaf Peeping edition

The husband and I went leaf peeping in search of fall colors.  Our journey took us from Sacramento up highway 50 in to the glorious Lake Tahoe valley.  From there we headed on hwy 89 towards Marklieville for lunch at the Wolf Creek Restaurant and Bar and then up over hwy 4 and Ebbett’s Pass.  This windy and steep road took us to the Arnold area and then in to the Calavaras region know for its famous jumping frogs and Big Trees.  (Reminds me that I need to get to the Jumping Frog Festival one of these years.)  The fall colors were really showing off through Calavaras and the hwy 49 gold country towns.  Arnold, Murphys, Angel’s Camp, Sutter Creek, San Andreas, Volcano, and more are wonderful stops for food, antiques, and a stroll.

Just before dark we stopped in Plymouth for dinner at Taste and then headed home.  This was a long drive taking us through three forests; the El Dorado, Toiyabe, and Stanislaus National Forests.

*Photos were pretty disappointing with the iPhone this time…The photos just don’t do it justice.  Boo.

Hwy 89 just outside of Marklieville

Hwy 4 between Marklieville and Ebbett’s Pass


Random Piranha on hwy 4 between Ebbett’s Pass and Arnold.

Creek in Marklieville

I hope my Piranha rock qualifies for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo!