Sequoia the dog wasn't with us on this nature hike but I, Little Fox, can narrate for you.
|These smell good.|
Now that I have made it to the top of the viewpoint you can see Mt. McLoughlin in the distance.
The nature park was on an old mining claim so as I ventured down I had a chance to see all sorts of historical equipment.
Behind me is an old earthen dam used as a way to collect water for hydraulic mining which was done on this hill until the 1940s. I am no engineer, but essentially hydraulic mining involves spraying a lot of water forcefully at a hill, moving rocks and dirt, and seeing what minerals (gold in this case) are left over.
Hmm what's this? Looks like a water gun. I better explore.
Old rusted pipes. Interesting.
Looks like a mining sluice.
Up close to the water gun. It might be a tad heavy for me to operate.
This mining operation probably took a toll on the hillside - luckily the residents of the town banded together to preserve the history of the hill and the land. Now, they have a growing wine county and many agribusinesses. As you can see the deer have come back to the hills (maybe they never left) either way it was a good spot for me to relax.
Speaking of relaxing, let's hit some of these wineries.
|No, I am in the Mediterranean, sigh.|
|Are these Koi?|
|What? I have to drink my wine out of a paper cup?|