California and Oregon, 2007

Going north

Heading north out of San Francisco along the coast, there was heavy fog blowing off the ocean and dissipating as it came over land. This gave some views of the Golden Gate Bridge that are different from the ones in the tourist brochures.



A bit further up the coast, you can see the banks of fog rolling in.

In Napa we stayed at the Chateau Hotel, which had a conference center in excellent repair.

Heading west towards the goldfield area, we pased this large wind farm.

And this reservoir.

The first town we visited in the goldfields area was Mokelumne Hill, generally known as Moke Hill. Once a thriving gold town, in the 2000 census it had a population of 774. It has a number of attractively restored buildings.



As well as some areas in need of some repair.


And it is a mystery why there is a British telephone box lurking beneath a tree.

We had lunch at this roadhouse, on the outskirts of Angels Camp. The waitress took our order and then, in a voice of mixed honey and gravel, said to Lynn: "Love ya accent, honey. Where y'all from?"

The town of Angels Camp was a gold town, but much of its centre is in Art Deco style.

We stayed overnight in Sonora, which also has handsome old buildings.


After leaving Sonora, we went through the Sonora Pass, over high mountain country.



Click here for Portland and the journey south



All photographs copyright © 2007 by Lynn or Nick Booth. No reproduction without written permission.