Over Memorial Day weekend we visited my aunt and uncle in Placerville, and enjoyed glorious 80 degree weather while panning for gold and visiting with them. Forget lazy retirement — they spend their days taking care of the olive orchard, garden, chickens, and of course their visiting kids, grandkids, and an occasional niece.
My uncle’s looks remind me a little of John Wayne, especially when he wears his cowboy hat. I kept begging him to wear it so that I could take a nice portrait of him with it. “No no,” he said. Then, just as I was leaving he put it on (at 9 PM!) which left 2 options: flash or silhouette — silhouette was definitely the right choice and made him look like Mr. Mysterious.
We also visited nearby Coloma‘s Discover State Park. The town was made famous in 1848 when gold was discovered in its stream bed at Sutter’s Mill. When news of the discovery reached San Francisco, it triggered the 1849 California Gold Rush which dramatically changing the history of our nation..