Day Tripping in the Mother Lode to Celebrate the 4th

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Happy Independence Day!

After several intense weeks in real estate, what could be better than a day off?

Yesterday was such a day, and the Mother Lode country beckoned. The gold rush of 1848 began the birth of our modern California, and seemed an appropriate destination for an Independence Day celebration.

Angel's Camp, CA

The Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth was our "excuse" for a day trip, but first came an outdoor lunch at Amador Vintage Market, where we enjoyed delicious sandwiches and discovered their homemade potato chips.

homemade potato chips, Amador Vintage Market

Specializing in over 800 varieties of daylilies, the grounds of the Amador Flower Farm are lovely to wander through or enjoy a picnic in the shade of towering oak trees (the gift shop isn't bad, either!) We came home with two daylilies to plant in our garden allotment at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

daylilies.AmadorFlowerFarm

Driving south along historic Highway 49 brought us to the gold rush towns of Sutter Creek, Jackson, Mokelumne Hill, and Angel's Camp. These are the towns made famous by Mark Twain's tale of the jumping frogs of Calaveras County and Brett Harte's "Luck of Roaring Camp." It's easy to feel the history here.

Stopping in various towns allowed us to do some olive oil tasting, visit an old-fashioned candy and ice cream shop (lemon sorbet was a delight on a hot summer day) buy some basil and summer squash at a local farmer's market, and enjoy the plaques of winning jumping frogs embedded in the sidewalk as we walked along.

Jumping frog plaque.Angel's Camp, CA

Arriving back in San Francisco around 6:00PM, our simple dinner continued the day's fun - sandwich halves left over from lunch, potato chips and sauteed summer squash with basil -bounty from the Mother Lode.

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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Lottie, I haven't been to Plymounth, Amador County, but we are subscribers to a winery there JeffRunquistWines.com (it's CA winery of the year 2019). One good thing when you are a subscriber to a winery is we don't get junk-mail. It all comes in well-packaged boxes and in glass bottles. Thanks for sharing this story. I would love to visit one day.

Jul 05, 2020 10:28 AM #13
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Hi Steffy Hristova - we drove passed Runquist Winery on our way to the Flower Farm. Lots of great wineries in both Amador County and its next door neighbor, Stanislaus County. Perhaps you should put a Mother Lode trip on your calendar; I think you'd have fun!

Jul 05, 2020 04:09 PM #14
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Hello Will Hamm - we had a delightful outing on Friday; very different from our usual days off which we typically spend hiking some.

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I didn't know what we'd find in the Mother Lode area in the way of masks and social distancing, but it was quite similar to the Bay Area, with the exception that indoor dining was allowed (we chose a table outside for lunch.) It is fun doing something entirely different from our usual.

Jul 05, 2020 04:12 PM #15
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - our visit to the gold country was very pleasant; weather cooperated, too, by being not too hot, but warm enough for a scoop of lemon sorbet to taste good! Thanks for the Old Farts Group feature-always appreciated.

Kathy Streib - we hadn't taken a day trip for a long time; it was delightful, but did seem strange not to be out hiking on a day off!

Hello, George Souto and Sharon Lee - after our get-away on the third, I was quite content to catch up with computer work and walk to our garden plot on the 4th. Our "celebration" consisted of slices of watermelon at dinner and listening to a few Sousa marches! I hope you both enjoyed your holiday.

Jul 05, 2020 04:17 PM #16
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! - and we would have welcomed you with us . Day trips are fun!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I'd love to share one of our favorite hikes with you and Bernie, so plan for it when the time's right. There is so much to see and do here one cannot possibly be bored--unless that's what one chooses.

Jul 05, 2020 04:20 PM #17
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Hi Michael Jacobs and Grant Schneider - our outing on Friday was a lot of fun and refreshing, too. The gold country is very pretty, with oak-studded rolling hills, and the old mining towns are fun to stroll around. History comes alive here.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Hi Alexandra, Lava Cap Winery is a new one to me; Placerville, where it is located, is around 20 miles north of where we were--not far. So many choices!

Jul 05, 2020 04:28 PM #18
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Hi Lottie,  Thanks so much for taking us on your day trip.  Sounds like a fantastic day.  Next time, I would like to take this one in person - it sounds relaxing and educational.

Jul 05, 2020 06:11 PM #19
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Well, Bob Crane , some day when visits are feasible, you and Sally should plan a trip to northern California. So many things to see and do - all months of the year.

Jul 05, 2020 06:17 PM #20
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Good morning Lottie Kendall - I hope that the rest of your 4th of July weekend was a good as this.

Jul 06, 2020 05:55 AM #21
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It was, Grant Schneider - much of Saturday spent at the computer, with an afternoon walk to our garden plot at Ft. Mason; Sunday morning we enjoyed a nice hike in the nearby Marin Headlands. Today--I'm refreshed and ready to enjoy getting back to work. 

I hope you and your family had an equally nice weekend break.

Jul 06, 2020 06:05 AM #22
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It's always a wonderful thing to take a day off and recharge those batteries. It looks like you made the most of your day off...

Happy Monday morning Lottie Kendall 

Jul 06, 2020 09:38 AM #23
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Last time we were there, sat down at resturants. Hi Sam!  We followed you all the way from SFBA.  We met another family you know well.  

Oh no.

Jul 08, 2020 11:33 AM #24
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Hello Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - taking a day off and doing something out of the ordinary is truly refreshing. Sending best wishes to you in your beautiful area.

Jul 08, 2020 01:41 PM #25
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Hi Sam Shueh - when did you head to the Mother Lode? This week? I hope your time was as delightful as ours way. It's good to get away for a relaxing day trip.

Best wishes to you.

Jul 08, 2020 01:42 PM #26
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Lottie

After reading this, all I can say is I wish I could have joined you. I am going a bit stir crazy, cheers cvc

Jul 09, 2020 09:44 AM #27
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There is always so much beauty around you and I hope that we will get to hike together eventually!

Jul 09, 2020 11:43 AM #28
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I think we're all feeling a bit stir-crazy, Curtis Van Carter - another day trip we've enjoyed (we're big into hiking) recently was near you, to Jack London State Park--museum is closed, but the hiking trails were delightful. We finished the day with a catered outdoor lunch at the Buena Vista winery. Delightful. I hope you find your get-away.

 

Jul 10, 2020 11:29 AM #29
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We have a number of hikers in our Active Rain community. Wouldn't it be fun for some of us to enjoy a day hike together, Brian England ? Who knows -- it could happen!

Jul 10, 2020 11:30 AM #30
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In years past, Lottie Kendall, my wife and I stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in Jackson, Ca. We had a wonderful time exploring the town and the surrounding area.

Jackson is in Amador County which is one of California's lessor know winery areas. You will find wines that will not be found in most liquor stores. 

Jul 10, 2020 04:05 PM #31
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We've done the same in years past, John Juarez and explored some of the wineries in the area; we were introduced to Mission Grapes and saw vines that were over 200 years old--huge ones! We were on a muscat kick for a while. 

No wine tasting on this day trip, however.

Jul 11, 2020 07:27 AM #32
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