We love to get up and go. Be it a road trip ot just a short jaunt sometimes we fell the need the need for speed. So on Sunday we got up and got out. Hunting for coffee and what turned out to be turkeys. We didn't have a plan just a whim. After a small cup of coffee(shown below) we just drove and Cheryl mentioned she wanted to see if any turkeys were out. By this she literally meant turkeys. Near the American River and in the Camus Commons area we see turkeys from time to time. A couple at a time; maybe six or so. But whoa this time was unprecedented. It was more than a gaggle. We came face to ugly face with literlly over 25 turkeys only a block or two away from American River Drive and Munroe. Much giggling was had at the turkeys expense while other drivers waited for them to cross the road. I believe mash potatoes were on the other side. Maybe stuffing??
We love road trips. For us they are grand for some it leads to fights. I'm the driver and she's my lovely passenger and sometimes there is a third voice in the car; Google driving directions.
Sunday we decided to hit the road and be festive. St Nick style and not Santa & Elves way. Nevada City throws a Victorian Christmas on wednesday nights and on sunday aternoons. We decide Sunday was the fun day as it would be warmer to do before the sun drops. Lots of others had the same idea.
I'm a Foothills kinda guy. I dunno something speaks to me over 1000ft up and certainly 2000ft. I've always loved Grass Valley and Nevada City and even Placerville. Anyways, it was a bit hard to park near downtown but I already knew it and had a plan. We drove to the city government area and hopped on a waiting short bus to take us down to the main Victorian epicenter. It's nice that Nevada City figured that bus service out. Thousands of people were miling the downtown closed off area checking out the street performers, the food trucks, the vendor tents, and of course the Nevada City local stores! Cha Ching....
Music filled the chilly air as street musicians lined the roads while "characters" walk around all dressed up in victorian garb. It was just missing two things. Snow(that would have been problamatic) and the smell of chestnuts on an open fire(i must have missed that food truck!). Otherwise this Nevada City Victorian Christmas was a gas and a fun date idea. By the way there was plenty of warm libations from toddys and mulled wine to hot chocolate and cider to wrap your hands around.We had a great time as witnessed below.
So we were at Home bored saturday afternoon and luckily we don't have kids so we can just get up and go. A suggestion was made for a road trip and we were off just like that. A spur of the moment date night Sacramento.
Although technically it was Date Night Folsom. We parked and strolled the old town promenade. Checking out the store fronts as we walked and trying not to get attacked by any glow walkers from a race event being held in Folsom. Walking up Sutter Street till we had to go into Dorothea's.
Being Fall it was all decked out for the season. A little bit pumpkin, a little bit turkey, and a big part santa. Lots of nice stuff to look at but we didn't end up taking anything home. The real "stop" was just ahead. Just across the block. Just Across some traffic.
it was Snooks. Chocolate and Fudge heaven in Folsom. we grabbed a small morsel of fudge and we were satisfied with out folsom trip for a date night sacramento.
Winchester Mystery House
The Crazy Lady is not my wife. But, Mrs. Winchester. She was on a mission to continually build thanks to a psychic's advice and felt persecuted by ghosts of people killed by the Winchester Rifles.
Since they don't allow inside the house photography I can't really share the door/room madness or the short watch your headness. But, lets just say the house is not very homey.
After the 65 Minute tour through the warm house we needed a drink. So Cheryl grabbed her parasol to keep the sun off her and we crossed the street to trendy Santana Row in San Jose. We walked around trying to avoid all the new money douchy hipsters but just could escape their snotty conversations. We did find some peace and quiet along with some cold drinks in a nice little tea room though.
Road Trip Apple Hill
So i went a bit off topic on my Honey Do list on a random day off. Instead I took a lovely drive up past Placerville to the land of Apple Opportunities.
My wife Cheryl loves retro. Not the 60's, 70's, or the new fad of the 90's. She's old school. Think Gatsby, 30's and 40's with fringe, and lace. So we decided to get out for a day of fun and head somewhere old. We got it in Placerville and Cheryl got a pair of vintage gloves as well.
Road trip to the Ocean
So the idea was to get cold and snuggly on the beach. Which we did. But, part of it was to also go to a Tea Room for Afternoon Tea to warm up a bit and enjoy each others company. We went to Lovey's Tea Shoppe and enjoyed their Tea Service as seen below.
One of the best things of Sac is it's location with so much within two hours. We very much enjoy getting out of summer ad heading to the beach. We chose a Sacramento road trip to Bodega Bay and stopping at out favorite Tea Room in Sebastapol. Even explored downtown Petaluma.
Chico Road Trip
We had a hankering for BBQ that we just had to satisfy. Before Sacramento we called Chico home. We miss Smokin Mo's Barbecue and since we had nothing better to do we took a drive.
Sometimes you just gotta get satisfaction!