Wednesday, September 05, 2012

If you like Little House on the Prairie, you'll love Taylorsville, CA, population 140. I don't even remember how I learned of this small northern CA town, but I had to incorporate a stop (or more accuately, a drive through) on our trip this past weekend. It was out of the way, but worth the drive to simply say I've been there. And it was so cool to see this place that seems almost frozen in time.
Now can't you just see the Ingalls living here. And you know Pa would have a pickup if they lived in the 2000s.
And just down the way, we have the Edwards home.
This building housed the Taylorsville Fire Dept, Jobe Taylor Flour Mill, Vernon House (I'm going to have to find out what exactly that was) and the town blacksmith. It is now home to the Indian Valley Museum, which was unfortunately closed when we visited on Labor Day.
And then there is Taylorsville Church. This one does not also serve as one room school house, as there is a small elementary school.
This was such a nice drive and a glimpse back at another time. I can't say that I would want to live there, but it was fun to visit.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Brian and I were fortunate enough to sneak away this weekend...ALONE. We have a fondness for waterfalls, as you may have noticed from wedding pictures. But, this time of year, our beloved Yosemite Falls all but dry up. So, I planned a trip to visit a waterfall that doesn't dry up. Burney Falls is spring fed and flows at the same level year round. Here are pictures from our adventure today.

This was our first view of the falls. The park entrance and parking lot is nearly level with the top of the falls. So, our first view was looking across and down at the falls. Beautiful perspective.
 This explains how the water is attained and maintained to keep the falls flowing year round. Some of the water spills over from Burney Creek at the top, some spill right out of the rock about half way down the wall.
 In this photo you can really see the line where the water comes out half way down, the two main falls are pouring over the top.
 We decided to hike down to bottom of the falls. It was beautiful from this angle too.
 See, we really were here :-)
 Then we crossed the river (Burney Creek, I think) and hiked up the other side to see the fall from the top, behind the fall.
 We hiked up...and up
 Then we decided it was time for lunch.
 This was the view from our lunch spot. The black arrow shows where the first photo was taken. The white arrow is about halfway down to the pool at the bottom.
 Crossing back over the river, looking toward the falls. This water has no idea what it's in for. This is a prettier view than the other waterfall I climbed to the top of.
 Because I love signs

Then we did some letterboxing. We found 4 out 5 we looked for today, not bad. I will post more about that soon. I have a few more to look for tomorrow before heading back home. Awesome 3 day weekend. I think we need more of them :-)