What a beautiful day and a beautiful drive! We started out on Highway 49 at Jamestown, CA by going to Railtown 1897. As a Back to the Future nut, I was very excited to see Sierra Railroad engine #3, which was used in BTTF III. Unfortunately, #3 is in many pieces and seems to be randomly placed around the roundhouse and yard. In any case, the tour was fantastic, and I even met a couple guys who work there who know guys I worked with on the Disneyland Railroad.
We continued on north to Sonora. The weather, the scenery, everything was perfect. Along the way, we saw a sign that directed us to a cabin (map) that Mark Twain apparently stayed in while in Calaveras County (where it’s likely that he came up with the short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".) The cabin is small, and kind of… unimpressive. But, still very cool!
Stops in Angels Camp, Sutter Creek. Placerville and finally Coloma – the site of the first gold discovery in California that let to the great gold rush in 1849! Along the way, we stopped at a few other scenic vistas that were too good to pass up.
Again, the weather was amazing, the skies were bright blue, the grasses and trees were bright green, and anyone who has an extra four hours in the area should do the drive!
Last day tomorrow… and on the to California State Railroad Museum.