Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nevada City

We have just returned from spending the past twenty-four hours with John's cousin and her husband, Christine and Bill Newsom. They live just outside of Nevada City in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. After arriving there yesterday we headed out with them to South Yuba River State Park. This park has some historic sites related to the Gold Rush era. Of note is the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. Built in 1862 the venerable 229-foot structure is thought to be the longest arch/truss single span in existence.
After a picnic lunch by the river we walked the Buttermilk Bend Trail which is famous at this time of the year for its many different wildflowers. A lot of them were the same varieties which we saw in Mitchell Canyon. However this area, being further north, does not have as many in bloom yet.
The Buttermilk Bend Trail follows a narrow path that winds steadily upward along the river. From it we could get some very scenic vistas of the river rapidly flowing over massive granite rocks. Just at the end of the trail was a perfect place to snap a picture of John with Bill and Christine.
Today,Sunday, we spent some time in Nevada City. Several buildings down from where we attended church with Christine was the Nevada Theater built in 1865. Mark Twain and Jack London performed here.
We enjoyed walking around this quaint historic town, it still has buildings from the middle to late 1800s. There were a lot of town people out today because of a parade. Nevada city wants to convince Google to let the area  test drive its new ultra high-speed broadband that is reportedly 100 times faster than most internet services. Hence the rally which  was filmed and the film will be sent to Google. Good luck on that for Nevada City!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Cousins, How can we get in touch with you? Our email was returned. We're wondering if you have any idea when you'll be here. Grace & Peter