My family and I recently flew out to California to visit a few family members and some old friends. Our first stop was my grandmother's place outside of Placerville. Here are a few pictures I took while I was there.
Visiting my grandmother and exploring her property again was a great treat. I have fond memories of climbing trees, sifting through sand in nearby creeks for gold, and building forts out of old materials on her property. Being there again was really nostalgic.
Since we were already in the area, we also decided to take a day trip to Sutter's Mill in Coloma, where the California Gold Rush began. Here are a few pictures of that.
We later visited Union Valley Reservoir, a massive reservoir that doubles as a fairly popular camping site. California was in a drought last time I was there, so the water was quite low. This time though, the reservoir was surprisingly full.
There are some high jumping rocks I used to kayak out to beyond the trees there. I didn't get to visit those rocks this time though.
After seeing Union Valley Reservoir again, we made a quick stop by the waterfall where my grandfather's ashes were spread.
After spending a few days in Placerville, we drove down to Santa Rosa, which I where I used to live before moving to Louisiana. There my brother and I played laser tag with a few old friends, enjoyed pizza with our old church members, and then later we drove to the next town over and spent an afternoon at a barbecue catching up with more old friends. My time in Santa Rosa was so much fun that I totally forgot to take any pictures. Whoops!
Have you gone on any trips this summer? Let me know in the comments!