LET'S NOT GO
I didn't feel like traipsing through the countryside today. Needed to mow the lawns and clean up the yard. Well, if we got an early start, we would be back in time to get things done, so it was off to the Gold Country --- or God Country if you want to be specific.
This extraordinarily wet year has pumped up the volume for wildflowers and given an extra shot of adrenaline to shutterbugs everywhere in California. My sister and niece were out today like we were --- just 275 miles south of us --- doing the same thing.
Sorry that some of these images are big files, but my camera was set for big files for making some prints. Most of them are under 75k.
HALF MILE EAST OF VALLEY SPRINGS
"LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
"O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions."
We meandered up Hwy 12 toward San Andreas and Angels Camp, stopping for a few minutes to take about 25 poppy shots.
This is an area that was scorched by fire recently.
This hillside right on the highway had the greatest profusion of flowers we saw all afternoon. Not a very big area, but beautiful for those of us who rarely get this way in the spring.
There was a lot of traffic due to a Celtic Faire happening in Angels Camp. Bikes and more bikes roared past. We decided to have a Burger King lunch here before heading back down the hill through Copperopolis.
Copperopolis is an almost ghost town. This old hotel is about the only thing worth looking at besides the flowers.
A few more miles and we were flatlanding again, speeding through Farmington, where there was a big sign at the grammar school saying "Rummage Sale." So we stopped for a few items and a few pictures.
Now wasn't that fun?!