Whew, starting to warm up out here. I’ve made it so far without kicking on the A/C, but I have a feeling today that streak ends. It’s 77 already upstairs, yeah that’s getting a big too toasty. Still cools off at night, but last night only got down to the mid-sixties so that’s not enough to use the house fan. And, that’s it for the Placerville weather forecast.
Not a bad weekend overall. Little cooking, got out of the house a few times, and watched a few movies. Saturday I was doing a few things around the yard, and noticed lunch time had come and gone. I had a few pieces of chicken I’d thrown on the smoker the day before, but that didn’t sound too good, so we loaded up the dogs and headed to the recently opened Moonraker Brewing in Cameron Park. They have a location in Auburn also, but we rarely go there because 1) it’s about an hour drive and 2) they don’t have any food. This new spot has been in the works a long time, and it’s really nice. Huge building, and a nice large outdoor area for the dogs with picnic tables. We’ve been there once since they opened, then I got a gift certificate for my birthday so we decided to try it again. Everything was very good and we had a great time sitting outside with the dogs, but wow was it slow. They were pretty much completely overwhelmed, and I have a feeling that happens most days. We had to stand in line 40 minutes just to order food, and I didn’t even keep track of how long it took to actually show up. Hopefully they get it ironed out soon because it would be a great spot to enjoy the weekends.
While we waited for our food Saturday, (and waited… and waited…) we chatted with a few guys who had ridden up on their motorcycles for the afternoon. We talked bikes, weather, blah blah blah, and at any rate they told us about a place up near Georgetown that was a popular destination for a day trip. It’s called Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and it sounded like something between a bar and a historical landmark. We didn’t have any plans Sunday, so we decided to fire up the motorcycle and check it out. The ride out was fantastic, as advertised. Well, with the exception of about a 15 mile stretch of highway 193, which was just WAY above my riding level. Sheesh, it was sketchy. The slow curves don’t bother me much, but it had a lot of nasty 180 degree switchbacks that pretty much terrified me. I think I averaged about six mph over that stretch. Donette actually got off and jogged, and beat me by about five minutes. Everything stayed upright though, so I guess that was a victory. We got to the cabin in about an hour and half, and it was very cool. I mean yeah, indoor plumbing would have been nice, but the place is 150 years old so I guess that’s understandable. It’s very near the Rubicon Trail, so there were a lot of Jeep groups in there hanging out, as well as some more bikes. I imagine we’ll go back sometime! Going home we took a different route, and it worked out a little better. One thing I failed to look at was how high we were going though; There was still quite a bit of snow and it was cold! We even ran into a little rain, but not too bad. Overall a great ride, hopefully we do that a little more often. I need the practice, for sure.