Well, we have come full circle and are back at Chris’s house in Crestline. We will be heading for home on Sunday, October 16. We had decided that we wanted to make this a leisurely trip with less driving and more time to relax and sight see. And we have done just that! And we have seen another interesting and beautiful part of our country.
On Thursday, October 13, we left the Lake Tahoe area and took the scenic drive on Highway 4 through Ebbetts Pass from east to west. This was another steep, windy mountain road past a beautiful stream (Silver Creek where there were lots of people fishing for trout), and through another pine forest where there was so much color with the trees and plants that were losing their leaves. The pass was at 8700 feet. Coming down from the pass, I really felt like I was in California – the rounded hills were all brown, with little clumpy trees growing on the hill sides. We ended up in Stockton and then headed south on 99 looking for dinner and a place to stay. We spent the night in Modesto after driving a lot longer than we wanted.
Friday we spent in Fresno where I got to do some more genealogy at their Central Library. We have been here enough times that we have our favorite places to eat and shop. It is in the middle of farm country and buying fruit is another thing I wanted to do. I am going to have to do lots of canning when I get home!
And Saturday was our longest day of driving as we drove Highway 99 through the San Joaquin Valley past all the farms – grapes, nut trees, peaches, citrus, truck farms and lots we didn’t recognize. Of course, we had to compete with all of the trucks also going south. We angled off to the east, crossing the Tehachapi Mountains where we saw lots of windmills, and through more brown, dry desert country before ending up in Crestline. Another wonderful trip under our belts!