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A quick but lovely morning in Sonora! M did a bit of a photo shoot of more nostalgic places, including St. Patricks Church where her family attended, as well as the schools she and her siblings will likely remember…

Then we scooted up the mountains, to the small town of Soulsbyville where her family had lived for a year before moving to Sonora. The once mainly vacation community of open spaces with sparsely populated horses corrals and A-framed homes, had filled in with hillsides of more traditional homes. No more swimming hole across the road, no more corrals or country store. After a bit of searching M was able to find the driveway leading to the family home, which had been known as: “Hodge Podge Lodge.”  The little bridge, once used to cross over a largish ditch had been removed and the perilous access to the  driveway was now easy and as inviting as ever…well, except for the many “no trespassing ” signs which kept us from venturing down the gravel road to check out the house. Beautiful none the less. Alas the grade school remained much the same as it had looked nearly 50 years ago. Who says you can’t go back… It was so sweet to see her on the hunt for memories past…

Then we were off in search of sugar pine cones! What a thrill, but come to find out we were a couple of months late for optimum finds! However all was not lost, we did find one, which will surely be a treasure forever! A photo will be forthcoming when we get home!

Then we took the “long way” down the mountains, staying off of the major highways as long as we could, and it was beautiful! Stunning high California hills, golden in the fall sun, leaves changing, and a slow an happy Saturday with minimal traffic…life is so very good!!!

We eventually made it to Ashland, and have nestled into our very last hotel room, which is absolutely marvelous! Its called the Ashland Hills Hotel, and older build that has been totally re-done with a mid-century vibe! Right up our alley!!!

We will leave early in the morning, hoping to get an early start on our final drive, right into Vancouver to watch the Seahawks with Tay and Robert.  Then home sweet home, and Jada sweet Jada!!! (our dear tabby kitty!)  We are certain to blog a final post once we have landed…

Until then, and always, we are so grateful to all of you who have stayed close, offered kind words, sent messages, and kept us in your thoughts! We could not have done this without “the village”!

And, alas, a very special “Thank You So Very Much” to Sita, our amazing house and kitty sitter, who, without, this could not have happened, at least not this stress free!!! We are forever grateful!!!