November 25: Thanksgiving. We were invited to Monan's Rill for Thanksgiving this year to have dinner with the Tracys. After a traffic filled drive we arrived to clear blue skys and chilly clean air. Linda and BranDee started the turkey and we gathered for a hike. We stopped at photo tree for a snapshot then hiked up cardiac hill and back through Josh and BranDee's house (under construction). Back at the "HUB" we sat down to an excellent feast. More pictures are HERE.
I've heard of the place but I thought it must be where Bob Hope and Bing Crosby went on the road (nope). Then I thought it might just be the ends of the earth - but right there on the map I found it - Timbuctoo (Not Timbucktu - in Africa). This Timbuctoo was within adventure distance of Arbuckle - so Dad (Leo) and I set out this Tuesday (16th)to find the place. We traveled past Swan Lake (more like a marsh) outside of Marysville then up the hill towards Grass Valley. After a short stop in Smartville to check the GPS we found the road less traveled. It was a short, bumpy ride until the GPS said we were there - we wouldn't learn of the probable mistake until much later. There wasn't anything there but a chain link fence and a burned down building. Smartville was a pleasant enough town with one of the last remaining gold rush era Catholic churches. More pictures here.
On the way home we stopped at a historic marker - which turned out to be about Timbuctoo. "1855. Largest town in Eastern Yuba county. And at height of its prosperity contained a church, theater, stores, hotels and saloons,old Wels Fargo office, and Stewart Brothers.; store restored 1928 and dedicated to pioneer men and women of Timbuctoo. Historical landmark No. 320."
Sunday the 14th we trailered out to Vino Farms with Dick and Linda Lind. The new truck hitched right up, the horses jumped right into the trailer and the trip was uneventful except for the big sigh of relief at everything working well for a change. The trail ride was fantastic and there are lots more pictures here.
Soon after we got our truck back from Jay's we decided we needed a bigger, straonger truck to pull our new big horse trailer. The shopping adventure began and eventually, after much internet research, I spent the day Thursday (the 11th) at the Roseville Automall. I had a list of several potential vehicles I had seen advertised on the internet. I looked at a lot of trucks but they were all too expensive. Then, on the way home I decided to check ont one last candidate at the Hyundai dealership. It was advertised way below what we thought we would have to spend - so I didn't expect too much. Much to my surprise the truck was exactly what we were looking for - and we wound up getting a 3 year warranty.
Thursday - November 4, 2010 - the month started off with a bang. We decided to take a shake down trail ride with our new, larger horse trailer. We asked the horses to hop in - and they did! Down the road we went - for about four miles. Then steam started spilling out of the hood of the truck. We called AAA and they said they would tow the truck but not the horse trailer. We considered riding the horses back to the ranch but phoned John (Owner of the ranch where we board) and he came and towed the horses home. I then went with AAA to Jon's auto works and got a new water pump.