Thursday, February 9, 2017

EASTERN & CENTRAL SIERRAS: Summer Vacation July 10 & 11th, 2016 (Day 9: Twain Harte, Confidence, Beury Cabin / Day 10: Lunch in Visalia on way back to Murrieta)

On our last day in Twain Harte, we spent most of the day visiting properties for sale in the Twain Harte-Confidence area, just for the heck of it. I would love to buy a lot in the Sierras where we can build a cute little cabin and vacation there with our fur babies. But it's just a matter of finding one that's accessible year-round (i.e., not snowed in during the winter months so that you have to snowmobile your way in), nicely treed with pines, incense cedars, and/or other natives such as manzanitas, has a seasonal creek/stream, is at least 1 acre in size with utilities nearby and, most importantly, affordable. My fav location is actually in the Lundy Canyon area just north of the Lee Vining/Mono Lake region of the Eastern Sierra. We're nowhere near finding what we want and can afford, but at least we're having fun in the looking and dreaming part of the process.

 Our lodgings in Twain Harte was the Beury Cabin, 
which has a large deck with patio furniture and barbecue grill. 

 Addy and Sasha loved the deck, which was spacious and nicely shaded by Incense cedars. 
Here's Addy lounging around in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Gil getting ready to cook breakfast. 

This was my favorite lot off Hwy. 108 on Confidence Mine Ct. It was a little 
over 2 acres at 4,161' elevation with electric, phone and water, but a little pricey at $159,000. 

On our way back to the Beury Cabin, we stopped at the Twain Harte Market to pick up some steaks for dinner. 
This market is a gem, like a miniature Whole Foods in a quaint Central Sierra town. 
Produce is a bit limited, but they have a great meat, seafood and wine selections and even sushi made fresh by a Japanese chef!

Puppies are exhausted from the day trip.

 Gil grilling the steaks on the deck.

Dinner is served!
 Grilled steak with fire-roasted salsa and a side of corn, black beans, mushrooms and peppers.

7/11/16 On our way back to Murrieta the next day, we stopped at Farm Fresh Bowls 
(known for its use of healthy, unprocessed, local ingredients, and also had good ratings on Yelp) 
in Visalia for lunch. This was their warm banh mi tri-tip salad. 

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