Leaving Sunday on my Voyage of Discovery Fact Finding Mission Roadtrip. Going to see parts of California I've NEVER seen!!! A drive through the Eastern Sierras up HWY 395. First stop, Bishop. (You know, where The Other Side of the Mountain with a young cute Beau Bridges was filmed.) Next up a layover in Yosemite. Which I'll be approaching from the road less traveled on the east: the Tioga Pass, California's highest mountain pass. In a few short weeks snow will close this little road until May. Hopefully I make it there before the snow does.
After my stint in Yosemite there'll be plenty of ghost towns and old mining towns to discover as I head north on HWY 49. This is gold rush territory! I'll be traveling light. A stack of books, journal, maps, camera, roadtrip music, gold panning equipment, spare change for ice cream sandwiches, and an overnight bag tossed on the front seat. A week's worth of adventure. Blissfully alone with my active imagination.
Finally, I land in Grass Valley where Lyman Ward, narrator of Angle of Repose lives. Sure the book was written back in 1971, but I know Lyman will still be there in his house waiting for me with a hot cup of tea and a stack of old photos and journals to show me. He knows I'm coming. I have plenty of questions for him. I hope he's in the mood to answer all of them.
Someone thinks I should stay put.
Make more time for him.