Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Via the Scenic Route

I'm back home again, after driving first from Reno to Yuba City and spending an hour or so visiting my mother. The route from Reno takes us down Highway 20, where we stopped at the Alpha-Omega rest area/scenic overlook and I took some pictures.

The view from here is spectacular, looking out over the South Yuba River and the Alpha-Omega "diggings" from the hydraulic-mining days.

The thing that most impressed me here, even more than the view, was the utter silence. After one vehicle went by on CA-20, there was no sound at all for a few minutes. It's a quiet I rarely hear, living in a city and even when in Mehama, where there's always some highway noise or other sound in the background.

There are more photos in the set on Flickr, including one of a very little Bear in the woods.

Something I'd never noticed before is that Sutter is actually closer to Reno than it is to Fremont, by about ten miles.

After visiting my mother, Lisa and I moved her stuff back into her pickup truck and she and I convoyed back into Yuba City, where I paid to refuel her pickup and we said our goodbyes. At the CA-20/99 intersection, I waved goodbye as she headed north and I headed south.

As I left Yuba City, the Giants baseball game was just started. I had the game as company for the trip. The Giants pulled off yet another bottom-of-the-ninth "walk-off" win just as I arrived in Fremont on Niles Canyon Road.

I enjoyed my trip, and I'll be posting a back-dated entry soon about the Railroad Museum trip (or you can look at all the photos now if you're interested), but for now, I need some rest. I have to work tomorrow, after all.
Tags: family, kuma bear, lisa, travel

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