Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Come With Me On A Trip To Town

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post. I knew some of you knew Fran through her blog and wanted to let you know of her passing. 

I drive the Jeep now, the Honda is sick and will stay parked until spring. I usually go to town once a week, sometimes twice.  

Tens of thousands of trucks move goods on the state highway that passes through here from the Central Valley to other highways and freeways across our country.

This is the main street, bleak looking this time of the year. But, as you can see, not much traffic.

Our town has that symbol of country towns across America, a water tower. Ours is handsomely decorated, which you can't see in my picture. This happens when you stay in the car while taking photos.

On my way to the bank, I pass one of the murals that enhance many buildings in our town. This one depicts a blacksmith shop and is located on the road where shepherds drove their sheep to the railroad, from where they were then transported to markets in the valley below our mountain town. 

At the bank, only one car is ahead of me in line. These days, I only use cash to pay Jeanne when she picks up a rotisserie chicken or some blue cheese for me.

Then on to the post office to pick up my mail and any packages I may have.

Leaving the area, I drive the back roads and pass our Adventist Health hospital. It's a new hospital, before the pandemic I would meet my dietitian and friend, Kathy, for lunch there. One pleasure gone by the pandemic wayside. 

In the Jeep, I prefer to take the road home. With the soft top, the wind up here, and its weak front end I avoid freeways when I can.  

Cattle graze on dry weeds that look more like burro food. Hopefully, they also get proper feed, they are a business after all. 

After I pass the cement plant, I will pass the dump, or the Disposal Site, as it's politely called on the sign and soon be at the entrance to the canyon.

Soon, I'm home. Thanks for coming with me. We'll do this again in the spring, when everything will be so much prettier. 

And from now on I pledge to do my writing and blogging in the afternoons, after my morning chores, my walks with the dogs, and all the rest is done. 


  1. I am so glad you did this... I love seeing what you see when you go into town, the street scene looks like those I see in movies. so totally different from our town. opposite with traffic so thick you could not see the street if i took a photo. i like that mural. great idea.. love it

  2. This is just what I needed; I haven't been on a trip in so long! I love the Blacksmith Shop mural! And this white foothill/mountain. How is this new hospital doing with all the sick people now, have they been overwhelmed?

  3. That mural was so cool and I enjoyed the trip around your town. A little bigger than tiny town Arkansas but similar in many ways.

  4. I like this virtual touring a lot. Always interesting to see other people's regular journeys. Maybe I should do a bit of it myself, come to think of it.

  5. Enjoyed driving into town with you and seeing all the sights. :) Looks like a nice town!!

  6. Thank you for the tour. You have such a different landscape than I do and it is nice and interesting to see where you live.

    I took a ride to the next town today. It usually is a busy little five block town that has become a very ‘in’ place to go. It was practically empty and I noticed that one or two restaurants were closed and the “cool” barber shop that one had to wait weeks before getting an appointment, now has a large sign on its window saying, WE ARE OPEN. It is so sad to see this and I wonder how many of those boutiques, restaurants, bars will make it through the winter.

  7. You take such lovely photos.


  8. Hello, I enjoyed the sights you see driving into town. The landscapes are pretty, the views of the cattle and mountains. I love the mural. Our nearest town has a big water tower too. Take care, have a happy day!

  9. I love your banner with the pretty snow! And thanks for taking me for a ride in your JEEP! I still haven't been able to even test drive one here but maybe in the Spring. Love the mural and I prefer the backroads any time. Enjoy your day! holiday hugs!

  10. I don't drive highways anymore... whether in bad or good weather!
    and I enjoyed your trip to town.
    I'm so glad you have an Adventist hospital. my Gram was a 7th Day Adventist.
    they are known worldwide for their health and longevity! they are good people.
    and I too like your new banner. I keep meaning to mention it.
    we still have some snow. but it will be gone soon and so is even more enjoyable!
    I love it! xoxo

    1. I know and I'm thrilled. My doctor retired and his office will now be run by Adventist Health.

  11. Inger, I love seeing your area. We have a Jeep and they are known for their troubles! I always avoid a freeway. They are no fun to drive on, I think!

  12. I really enjoyed this! It must feel very calming when you get to your canyon on the way home.

  13. this was a fun ride and i'm glad i got to see things along the way. Hopefully in 2021 things will be back to somewhat normal and you can meet your friend again for lunch.

  14. Dear Inger, thank you for taking me on this ride to town and back. Yesterday I got a letter from a burro sanctuary and thought of you and your love of donkeys. I hope to be able to give to the organization in January. Peace.

  15. Hi Inger - so lovely to see your town and salient points in it for you, with some artistic points we may enjoy. It'll be fascinating to see the seasonal updates ... all the very best and with love for 2021 ... Hilary


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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