August 18th, 2014
I leave Redding this morning, heading east into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After getting back from the hot springs yesterday afternoon I did some shopping and a few other errands. Redding is the California town that, in fact, I now know the best. It’s where my mother lived for many years until her death in October of 2013. I would visit her here and spend days at a time in town and visiting the surrounding area.
I pass by my mother’s house on my way out of town. The new owners have, of course, changed it a bit. They have removed a large shade tree that was in front of the house, something I would not have done since summer temperatures here regularly reach 35 to 40 °C or higher. Here’s a picture of the house:
Van is ready to go:
And I arrive in the aptly named town of Johnsville around 2 in the afternoon, via the Feather River Canyon scenic route. I stop for a swim along the way, but take no pictures.
Here we are in the Sierra, in an old mining town, where a childhood friend of mine, Mark, and his wife Katie, have a house. We visit the old mine and its museum. Here’s Mark and Katie in front of the old asseyor’s office:
The sign on the end of the trough says the we can pan for gold here all day for just 4$. We have other things to do.
The mine facilities, which finally closed during the first World War:
It hasn’t been maintained the way the Assay Office has, or the Blacksmith shop:
Johnsville is entirely surrounded by Plumas Eureka State Park, and the town itself is a Plumas County Historical Reserve. Houses must be restored or built respecting the styles of 1880. We take a long walk around the town.
Mark and Katie’s house:
Another house that was in Mark’s family for a long time:
There are many picturesque and attractive houses in town:
These more rustic ones:
These, either renovated or newly built in the style of the period:
This one is for sale:
Mark tells me that there are at least six houses for sale in Johnsville at the moment.
Then there is the old Johnsville Hotel:
Of course there are a few period structures too:
The one on the left was once the Johnsville Fire Department.
The Johnsville Historical Society occupies the old church:
…there is a display of period kitchen wares…
…a period organ and piano:
After an excellent dinner we take a bumpy drive up the mountain to Eureka Lake for a swim:
The next morning I take a few pictures of the deer that come near the house. Mark has set out a salt lick for them on a tree stump:
They soon see me, but don’t seem too afraid:
The chipmunks, however, avoid my camera.
I leave Johnsville just after breakfast. And now, as promised, I am off on my true road trip, out across the desert.