Thursday, April 26, 2007

Through Wine Country to Plymouth

We left Willits and headed south on the 101 where we hit the northern end of wine country near Ukiah, California. I didn't get many pictures today and no award winning shots but they do give you some idea of the travels today.

These first three were all taken in the same area but there were vineyards all along the 101 today until we exited on the 37 south of Petaluma and headed east toward Sacramento.

As you may have guessed this Ranch is owned by the Crofoot family. I looked them up and didn't find much but I did find an obit on Henry Crofoot in the NY Times from March of 1993 on their ancestor. He was:
"Henry Clay Crofoot Jr., a Northern California lumberman and Nevada miner, died Tuesday in a local hospital. He was 75.

Mr. Crofoot was born in Syracuse and grew up in the old timber town of Magalia in Butte County, Calif. He lived and worked in Mendocino County and northern Nevada for nearly 50 years.

In the 1940's, Mr. Crofoot and his family came to the North Coast of California and set up sawmill operations in the Ukiah and Anderson valleys during the heyday of Mendocino County's timber industry. The Crofoot mills were among the most successful of the county's many sawmills."

This vineyard is just across the 101 from the Crofoot sign.

When we arrived in Sacramento we went to a wonderful market called Taylor's. They had a really nice selection produce and meat so we stocked up. What a cool place to shop the staff were wonderfully helpful and made us feel at home. They even carried our supplies to the Musemobile parked a 1/2 block away.

Almost to Plymouth, our destination we stopped for some cherries at a roadside stand next to some California "Happy" Cows. I think these guys were hot they were all gathered under this lone tree.

I did get a nice picture of their field with wonderful earthy hues and two trees in the distance.

Finally we stopped in Plymouth to get some stuff so I took a picture of the sign for the big happenings in town.

Scrabble Score ~ Scrabble Queen 313 - The Contender 315

Quote of the Day ~ “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Crowfoot

Crowfoot (c. 1830 Р25 April 1890) or Isapo-Muxika (Blackfoot Issapóómahksika, "Crow-big-foot"[1]) was a chief of the Blackfoot First Nation in Canada

Crowfoot was born in 1830 in an area later to become the province of Alberta. His parents were Packs a Knife (Istowun-eh'pata) and Attacked Towards Home (Axkahp-say-pi). His brother Iron Shield became Chief Bull. His mother remarried to Many Names. . Crowfoot was a warrior, fought as many as nineteen battles, and sustained many injuries during the course of his life. Despite this, he tried to obtain peace instead of tribal warfare. When the Canadian Pacific Railway sought to build their mainline through Blackfoot territory, negotiations with Father Lacombe convinced Crowfoot that it should be allowed.

In 1877 Colonel James Macleod and Lieutenant-Governor David Liard drew up Treaty Number 7 and persuaded Crowfoot and other chiefs present to sign it.

Canadian Pacific Railway President William Van Horne gave Crowfoot a lifetime pass to ride on the CPR out of gratitude. Even though he was well respected for his bravery, he refused to join the North-West Rebellion of 1885, believing it to be a lost cause. In 1886, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald invited Crowfoot to Ottawa. With him was Three Bulls and Red Crow, but Crowfoot fell ill and had to return from Ottawa.

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