|....and it's still growing!|
This explains why friends Don and Joan were so surprised when, after years of dormancy, this spiny succulent started growing a stalk at the rate of inches per day. We recently visited them in Ione in the Sierra Nevada foothills or Gold Country as it is known. They have 5 beautiful acres providing us with parking and glorious views, visits by their flock of wild turkeys and the 30 year old horse who resides in the pasture behind us.
|Can't beat this!|
We also have an ulterior motive; putting the finishing touches on our flatscreen TV installation which was started in January! Don is a former cabinet-maker by profession and has all the tools we need.
|We're calling it "done"!|
We managed some sight-seeing of the local Amador and Calaveras County towns of Jackson, Sutter Creek and Mokelumne Hill in between the downpours and hailstorms. We also shared some really good meals.
|National Hotel in Jackson under renovation|
|Mokelumne River running wild and rapid!|
|Local mine tower...this is Gold Country|
My only complaint, and it's a big one, is that this entire area is a Verizon "dead zone"; no phone or internet. I finally pulled out the wifi antenna we used in Mexico and...voila...a lone, unsecured signal appeared and I grabbed it out of cyberspace, thus allowing me to keep up with my Scrabble games and Facebook friends!