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A Sunday Drive

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We took about a 60-mile drive through the Mariposa countryside today. We’ve been meaning to do something like this for a while and finally took the drive.

It was great. We truly live in a beautiful area, and much of it in reach with a short drive.

Some photos from our trip . . .

Local Slate Quarry on Agua Fria Road
Old Mining Town That Burned Down in 1866
Fire Remains (click for panoramic view)
Sandstone (?) Formations along Old Toll Road
Valley View on Old Toll Road
A Valley Tree

Chief Waupaca

For some reason our Sunday drive reminded me of summer vacations my family used to take in northern Wisconsin.

Often we’d stop near a Waupaca, WI historical marker for Chief Waupaca. I’ll never forget the text on that marker . . . it was so . . . well, here it is . . .

Chief Waupaca
Historical Marker Text

I think that Waupaca settlement narrowly escaped a massacre. When Sam Wapuka fell off his horse and then died immediately, it was very very fortunate that his fellow tribesmen didn’t interpret Sam’s sudden death as an omen to kill whitey.

However, judging by the last sentence, it looks like Sam’s progeny quickly became part of the white community — at least in name.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mary Hughes #

    Cool Drive Tom & Jan! Lots – LOTS to see in CA. Are you planning on panning for gold when the snowmelt brings lots of water down those slopes?? I can see you’re into geology.. I can picture you with a small hammer and a paint brush out there discovering massive dinosaur bones, etc. Yeah!! Just do it! And that sign about Chief Waupaca. I knew what you meant before even looking at the photo.. and I cannot forget= Shopodock and Hongkoot.. Wow.. It’s locked in. Check out this website.. Greg Aiello has some really informative videos of California’s state and national parks.. Way cool dude.

    This is the program where I discovered his show called ‘Motion’


    February 22, 2021
  2. Nj #

    What a wonderful & interesting day. Love doing that kind of activity…… lots to see in CA. Keep reporting!

    February 22, 2021
  3. Jim Kasper #

    When I looked at the first pictures I was going to say that it sure looks like Wisconsin.

    February 22, 2021

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