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.