Time Squared: #9

Once Upon A Time, Long Long Ago, there lived a princess in a beautiful castle . . .

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Join Becky’s 30 day December Square Challenge. It’s simple. Photos must be square and must be related to time, literally or figuratively. Day 9

Tranquil Tones

Warmed By The Sun

Tranquil Yellow Kitchen, Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark

Join Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

Backroads America: Sierra Nevada Foothills

I left Southern California on Saturday by train/ bus and headed north to Calaveras County, in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The area was part of the 1849 California gold rush. My friends have a lovely pond and trees typical of the area. Water levels are very low.

New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River, from the Calaveras County side looking toward Tuolume County. If you look closely, you can see the normal water level marks.

A 1922 replica of the cabin in which Mark Twain wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1864 is across the lake in Tuolume County.

We visited Campo Seco, an old mining community established in 1849. Gold died out but copper was discovered in 1859 and was mined until 1924. Camp Seco had a diverse population representing 40 ethnic groups. Much of the stone used in the old buildings has an unusual gem color.

Water is essential to California. The Pardee Reservoir and Dam, built in 1929 on the Mokelumne River which divides Calaveras and Amador counties.

The reservoir provides water to the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay area. This photo is looking almost straight east across the reservoir.

California Dreaming

Sunrise about 6:45 am west of Barstow, California. Near the end of my train journey.

Railroad Ruminations

I have decided to go for atmosphere over focus and clarity, both of which are hard to achieve on a moving train. Last night departing Kansas City about 10 pm.

On the Rails Again

Cross country rail adventure

My home for the next three days. I am taking the train from Washington DC to Los Angeles California to visit one of my sisters. 64 hours, not counting a 6 hour break in Chicago where I change trains. Just over 3000 miles. It’s a big country. One of my bucket list adventures.

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