Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weekend in Calaveras County

My brother Marty has had a cabin in the mountains for over 30 years.  It is Arnold, CA high in the mountains of Calaveras County.  Over the Labor Day weekend Pam and I joined him and wife Elena for some fun times.
It was only 132 miles but took us over 2 1/2 hours each way.  But it is a nice drive and we saw a lot of the California countryside and the mountains.

We were a little early so we stopped in Angel's Camp which is home to the Frog Jumping Contest each year.  This is the one and the same place made famous by Mark Twain in "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".  The town is a tourist destination with lots of shops and history from the Gold Rush  days.   I didn't take any pictures thinking we'd be back during the long weekend.

Next, we made it up to the cabin and it was sporting a new roof and a half-way repaired deck.  The cabin has always been a novelty of sorts.
Marty wanted a dome and my brother Brad the architect found a way to add some room extensions.  I have never seen another one like it.

And it has a great big deck that is currently under repair/reconstruction.  At 1400' sq ft it is quite a project.
We spent quite a bit of time on the unfinished deck enjoying the mountain air and refreshing atmosphere.

Labor Day weekend was a busy time in the mountain resort community of Arnold and the Lion's Club had their annual pancake breakfast.
The area where they were set up had a steady stream of customers all morning.  It was  a good fund raiser for a good cause.

The fall Craft Fair was underway nearby so we had to check that out.
There was some unique things there including:
(Pictures taken by permission)
Sculptures by Mark Ross (775) 815-1845

HarvJan's Crafts
This was 'like painting in wood'.

Whittle Sister
Fiber Art

Sun Lover's Place
He heats steel, copper and other metals to get the right color, then puts a fancy lacquer on his creation.

Carllynn by Design
Wood products/tables and furniture

Gluten Free Baking

Later Saturday evening, the Home Owners Association had a pot-luck down near the basketball courts and picnic area.
It was a busy couple of days, but we got to see a lot and enjoy time with Marty and Elena in the mountains.

Hope you are having a good week.

Thanks for joining us on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...

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