Northern Lights: Day 4

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All of these photos were shot in Rumsey, a tiny town in Capay Valley.  My parents moved up there a few years ago, and my mom runs a small bed & breakfast called Rumsey House.  The scenery is stark, beautiful, and almost untouched.  It's wild California at its best, bare bones and all.  During the winter, Northern California is a harsh and isolated landscape, reminiscent of pioneer days.

1) An abandoned Pony Express station from the 1800s.  The Pony Express was the first mail delivery system, and horseback riders would brave wilderness and isolation to deliver letters all over California.

2) Leslie, me, Athena, Natalie - on the banks of the Cache Creek river.

3) Remnants of a stone wall.

4) A farm shop in Rumsey. 

5) Athena is an award-winning marine biologist, but she does well with land animals, too

6) - 9) Shots of an abandoned schoolhouse.  I visit the school every time I come up to Rumsey, and I've done a post here, too.

10) The front of my mom's house.  The house sits on a two-acre walnut orchard.

11) Perfect for a Victorian ghost story...

12) A woodpecker right outside my mom's porch.

13) My brother and his girlfriend.

14) This was my senior year physics project.  We had to make musical instruments, and I went a little bit overboard.  My dad did most of the planning, and we spent a month making it together.

15) A souvenir from my mom's time in Afghanistan.

16) A touch of frost on the morning we left.