Sugar Pine Railroad

10/10/15  (Saturday) in Bass Lake, CA (Bass Lake Recreational Resort -ROD)

We just chilled on Friday. I think I’ll mostly blog on days we do special things. For those wondering what we do on relaxing days, they can check out our earlier blogs. Exploring and learning is great fun, but we also need down time to let our bodies catch up, so realize that’s what is going on when there is no blog posted.

Today (Saturday), we drove up Hwy 41 to the Sugar Pine Railroad (on the way to Yosemite). This 9:30 ride is apparently on the roster for a Korean Tour group, so it was most composed of Korean tourists. There is also an 11am ride plus sometimes a moonlight special (this 1 hr ride was $22/person). This was a lovely, gentle rumble through the Sierra National Forest on a real steam engine. John noted that our engine was built in 1921, almost 100 years old! It’s a Shay locomotive, adaptive, good for pulling heavy loads (logs) up steep (up to 12%) inclines, on a narrow gauge track (so they didn’t have to cut as wide a path through the forest. It carried those logs for 30 years, then stopped at the Depression. Half burnt wood for fuel, and half (including this one) use oil. This restored tourist carrying train started in 1969.

train 1

We stopped at the halfway point for the train to take on water and the people to stretch their legs. Note the log seats. The little one rocked, catching John by surprise! We sat on the open cars which had the same sort of log seats (they didn’t rock).

train 1b train 1c train 2 train 1a

I cut John’s hair, it was getting pretty shaggy, then we BOTH relaxed in the wonderful breezes outside, reading. John found 7 Louis L’Amour books at the book exchange so he’s really into reading lately. It’s been hot in the Central Valley (90 or so), but we’re getting 80’s that don’t feel that hot at all. The coach is doing fine with just our Fantastic Fan and the windows open. Nice.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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