It was hot by the time we got on the road--88 degrees, portending an even hotter day. It was ok, because we knew there was a pool waiting for us in Murphys. We got to the rail museum just in time to participate in the roundhouse tour that was starting at 11:30.
The roundhouse was awesome. Not just the engines, but all the tools and pieces of iron lying around. I will post more of it later. Interestingly, I took more pictures in the roundhouse than I did in Yosemite.
This stuff fascinates me to no end. The roundhouse has a blacksmith shop with all sorts of hand-forged tools they have used on the trains, and still do. I am sure at least two of you share this fascination. More pictures in the coming days.
Laura, the docent who guided us on the tour through the roundhouse. I have gotten out of the habit of photographing random people, but the light was so good here I couldn't resist. I will see if I can send this to her.
Poppies and rust.
After the museum we headed to Murphys and checked into the hotel. We had a nice nap and got up to take a swim in the pool. After that we waked into the town and were completely charmed by it. There are a lot of wineries around here, and a lot of them have tasting rooms in town. They were all closed, but we made plans for another day. We had a lovely dinner at an open-air restaurant, and met a guy who drills wells. When he was a boy, he had a goat named Hortense, who won a ribbon at the county fair. There is a whole other story about this guy.
Toilet heaven, Murphys, Ca.