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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


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Monday, June 26, 2006

Gold Rush Days

Our little town of Downieville began re-living its Wild West heritage five years ago, when the Chamber of Commerce initiated Gold Rush Days as a part of California's three-year Sesquicentennial Celebration. The first one featured a genuine Wells Fargo stagecoach, however, they have been tamer ever since. Many people dress in period costume, adding to the flavor of the event, but we are in the middle of a heat wave this weekend, so the heavy clothing was not as prevalent as in the past.


The local storekeeper runs screaming from the building, setting the stage for a mock robbery and gunfight between good and evil, courtesy of Gunslingers, Inc. Posted by Picasa


The "robbers" deposit the loot and attempt to flee. Note, our crafts co-op, Mountain Harvest in the background on the left, and the street sign, harking to earlier mining camp days. Posted by Picasa


My sock and I pose in the shade for a moment during Gold Rush Days. I look a bit wilted and disheveled, but it was already 98 degrees, and now I understand why we don't dress this way every day. Posted by Picasa

Sunday was spent staying inside trying to avoid the heat wave that has hit us... as it does about three times each summer season. The temps have been hovering around 100 degrees, thunderheads each afternoon, and dry lightening (which means fire danger) in the high country to our east. It struck me yesterday that I can be pinned inside as easily by trying to avoid heat stroke in summer as I can trying to stay dry during the deluges of winter. DD is visiting so we went to the "big" town of Grass Valley so I could get supplies to make a bag for my sock kit pal. I have been hit-and-miss with knitting, feeling restless, and doing a few rows of one project and then a few of another, as well as practicing with the spindle. I am looking forward to a cooling trend predicted for the middle of the week.

10 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

I can't wait for the cooling trend either. It's been so hot out here too!

9:27 AM  
Blogger margene said...

The storms seem to be heading our way. We have clouds for the first time in weeks. Thankfully it will stay around 90. You look so darling in your costume!

11:09 AM  
Blogger beadlizard said...

You look beautiful!!!

We had two days in the high nineties and on the second day the fog rolled in. A relief for us, but my tomato plants are pouting.

12:25 PM  
Blogger lorinda said...

I think you look fabulous, even at 98 degrees! And the sock does too. Thanks for visiting my blog about teaching boys to knit. And I enjoyed "meeting" your family in the previous post. Nice looking bunch.

1:30 PM  
Blogger green-eyed grrl said...

I'm staying inside to beat the heat as well. I had a yard sale on Saturday and about keeled over! The nights have been cooler but I'm looking forward to going to Oregon!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Oh, that looks like fun! :) Thanks for sharing.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

I love that photo of you in the costume. The hat is fantastic.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

You look fabulous - I love that outfit. But, I can't imagine wearing that many clothes on a daily basis.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I love this post! This is a time period we want to participate in...next time we go out west that's what we plan on! Looks like a lot of FUN!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous SpiderWomanKnits said...

That looks like so much fun! Love your outfit :-) Makes you wonder how people did manage to dress that way back in the day and do all their work! Yikes.

6:03 PM  

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