Early morning walk (in their pjs) near our motel.
Empire Mine State Park - we totally loved it, especially me.
This 'pool' was teeming with tadpoles.
Two of the said tadpoles
The grounds of the mine owner's summer cottage were gorgeous!
rose garden, about to come to life
Elora refusing to say, "Heigh Ho"
Pretending to ride down into the mines
Pretending to fall down into the mine
Spooky mine shaft, some of these reach a depth of 11,000 feet!! That's over a vertical mile into the earth. Amazing.
After Grass Valley we stopped for lunch at In & Out in the darling town of Auburn, then played at a park in the cute town of Lincoln (fastest growing city in the USA between 2000 & 2010). Drove past Sacramento, Davis, etc. into San Francisco's hilly East Bay area. Had dinner at PF Chang's in Walnut Creek (PF has THE best children's menu) and then went to Mt. Diablo State Park. Gorgeous. Drove up the mountain to our campground for spectacular views. Were visited by a fearless raccoon in our camp site that evening:)