We've been living out of suitcases again, but this time it's because Jeff and I have been going up to the cabin a lot lately. The cabin is in Twain Harte, in California's Gold Country. There's lots of stuff to do in nearby towns like wine tasting, hiking, camping, shopping, and more, but we often like to go up there just to space out. Jeff likes to read and barbecue when we go, and I like to write. At night we sit on the deck and listen to the frogs and occasionally see a deer walk by. We are forced to limit our cell phone usage since we get no service out there, which gives us a nice, much needed break.
The dogs seem to really enjoy running around in the woods when we go. Except the last time we were there, they kept hearing something outside the bedroom window that got them a little on edge. I made the mistake of letting them out to pee during the night, and they took off after something in the woods. I ran after them with a dying flashlight...that was really scary! And stupid. Later I read that there have been bear sightings in the area, so now they're not allowed off the leash at night anymore.
This last weekend, my sister Fauna and her boyfriend Jesse joined us at the cabin. We mostly hung out at the house and ate, but we did manage to go to the historic Columbia State Park. It was once a mining town that has been preserved by the state. If you're a history lover, this is a fun place to visit. There are people dressed in period costumes and the town saloon serves local beer and sarsaparilla.
We also went fishing at the Springfield Trout Farm, where Jeff used to go when he was a kid. It wasn't quite as exciting as it used to be for him, but we still had fun. Jesse, Fauna and Jeff all caught fish (I just sat in the sun instead) and we had it for dinner that night. It was a lot easier than fishing in a lake, but eating what they had caught earlier that day was rewarding and made us all think about our food consumption a bit more.
Spending a few weekends in the woods has been a great way to spend part of our summer, but it has also made me realize how much I really love my little house. How about you? What have you been up to this summer?