Golden Chain Drive

Summer is here in Northern California and it feels good. Between working and walking the city, I've been buzy painting, finishing up some music, and dabbling in pottery and 3-d graphics. Took a few trips out to gold country on thrift and bleach landscape joyrides. Something has been pulling me out here for years, and finally I had a chance to leave my troubles in the city and take off to the golden rollers.

Something calling me.

 

I took off in the morning and by nine, I was on my way eastward towards the golden hills, somewhere between Manteca and Oakdale when I spotted a cactus nursery. Then I pulled over and realized its a cactus botanical garden disguised as a nursery. How can so many species of cactus be in one place? I took me forty five minutes to browse and pick out some gems. Onwards!

 
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 Driving eastbound, towards the Sierras.

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 On the way down to the river, 2017.

On the way down to the river, 2017.

I found a quartz bank across the river, with pine trees and sand dunes.

 Bedrock formations color study. 2017

Bedrock formations color study. 2017