The three-day weekend allowed my husband and I to enjoy two full days of leisure! Valentine’s Day was wonderful—a two-hour bike ride on the American River Bike Trail during the early afternoon, then back to a home-cooked meal of broiled salmon, tortellini pasta and mixed veggies.
Being outside is possible because of the incredible sunny and warm weather we are experiencing in Northern California. I would rather post about a three day weekend spent in the freezing cold, winter conditions in Lake Tahoe, but no, the temperature was 70 degrees all weekend. Believe me when I say that I wish it was raining and snowing, because California NEEDS the rain.
On Sunday, we also decided to take a 45-minute drive to the historic town of Auburn in the Gold Country, have brunch at a popular restaurant and continue to drive through the foothills on Highway 49, to end up in scenic Sutter Creek, another historic Gold Country town, for shopping and strolling.
Above is a view from across the street near the restaurant. Notice the blue kayak on top of the car. Once we ate, we walked around some of the quaint shops in this area known as Old Auburn. Many of the homes were built during the Gold Rush era in the mid-1850s.
One we got on the road, we traveled about 90 minutes through the scenic highway. In this photo, notice the car in front with its top down, travelling in late winter, California style.
While we drove, we passed numerous bicyclists riding up and down the steep hills. We never passed any bodies of water, but I would not be surprised if people were out kayaking (as shown in the first photo) or stand-up paddling. It might be sunny but the water is still COLD!
Be sure to enjoy some leisure time. Don’t let the cold winter days stop you from getting outside. Easy for me to say!