I know. I'm blogging on Day 1 after I did Day 2. But I'm back with some of my photos of the '49er Festival on September 17. Like the Quilt Show, there are so many shots to choose from. You may think I didn't restrain myself very much, but only I know what's left behind.
Groveland sits astride the northern-most state highway leading into Yosemite from population centers such as San Francisco and San Francisco. It is two lanes through town and there is no possible detour around the '49er Parade, which marches right through the center of town. The highway patrol closes one lane to accommodate the parade, and highway traffic alternates in- and out-bound in the other lane.
I got a ride with Sister and Brother-in-Law to a school parking lot outside of town, and took a "trolley" into town. (Sister has a photo of the trolley that I'll have to get from her.) We were lucky to be provided roadside chairs by Dori of Dori's Tea Cottage, who was also selling coffee to those who hadn't had time for the second cup before heading out into the crisp morning air. It was wonderful to have a real chair, although it didn't stop people from standing right in front of us. (Sometimes you wonder what they're thinking.)
We're ready to watch: BIL with coffee, Sister and Moi.
They're ready across the street, too.
|The Flag leads the way.|
|Followed by the Country Mountain Riders|
|And the ... er ... follow-up crew.|
|Proprietor. Back Street Books - Rare & Used|
|Honoring veterans. Unfortunately, I'm unable |
to decipher the sign on the vehicle.
|Honorary Mayor of Groveland, Goose (he's the four-footed walker in this picture).|
|Pine Cone Singers, beneficiaries of bribes paid in Goose's election campaign, |
along with the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce.
|The dogs and the Dog Park People|
|U.S. Forest Service|
|Smokey Bear and friend|
|This group reenacts an exhibit of life in |
the community in the 19th Century. On display October 1.
|Mother Lode miner|
|The Ladies of Bella Donna Salon|
|A Model T (?) Ford|
|Young Mad Dog loggers|
|Armed car, er ... armed County Sheriff|
|Tioga High School Timberwolves, with their fierce-looking critter|
|Tioga High School fire rig|
|Orange Crush traveled all the way here from Summerville High School|
|Drawing on October 22|
Soroptimist! Here they come. I jump out into the street. They're my people. My peeps! The ones I've been waiting for! We have a theme: of "Soroptimist through the Decades": 1920s [when Soroptimist was founded]: Women Get the Vote; 1930s: Survive the Tough Times; 1940s: Help in War Effort; 1950s: Build Strong Communities; 1960s: Women's Movement; 1970s: Women’s Careers Break the Glass Ceiling; 1980s: First American Women in Space; 1990s: Growing Political Presence; 21st Century (2000s): Young Women Are Our Future.
I raise my camera to take shots of each marcher and "change battery pack" appears on the LCD of my camera. (A few choice words are mumbled under my breath.)
So, no more parade pictures. No pictures of the Chili Cookoff and all the festival booths and vendors and musicians and crowds.
It was a good day with perfect weather. Sister and I had tuna sandwiches in a café for lunch, something we, as multi-cat owners, are unable to enjoy at home. We took an apple pie home for dessert after dinner. Yes, a very good day.
See you tomorrow. (Well, maybe. My Internet went down when I went to post this in the night. Had to wait for morning.)