Terry: Tour Guide Extraordinaire, Takes Us to The Great Republic of Rough and Ready

The Great Republic of Rough and ReadyDid you know that there really was a nation called
“The Great Republic of Rough and Ready” within the United States at one time? W.H.Fippen General Blacksmith. Rough and ReadyEven though I was a history major in college,
I’d never heard of it until we went to visit Terry and Eileen. Rough and Ready General StoreIf you’ve got a few minutes, I’ll share this tale about the Wild West,
but please indulge my fancy to tell you a little about Terry first, Larkspur along Buttermilk Trail. CAbecause Terry is a quintessential teacher of new things!Making Tartine BreadTerry is seven years older than Alan and I, and when we were kids,
I thought Terry was pretty much the next best thing to a set of encyclopedias. (Think “google” if you’re under 30.) Alan and Terry at BreakfastSo, I was really looking forward to I had no clue what when we went to visit,
and I guessed right! I could never have guessed, but it was all delightful! Couple enjoying dinnerEileen had just returned from several weeks in Sweden
the night before we arrived, but Terry had everything under control, Fresh loaves of French breadincluding some incredible old country bread he’d made from scratch
using a French recipe from Chad Robinson’s Tartine and 30-year-old wild yeast. Couple with a VizslaTerry and Eileen have a vizsla and two cats in their lovely country home,
and knowing that Alan is fiercely allergic to both, Grass Lake Air B'n'BTerry provided and incredibly lovely apartment for our sleeping comfort
at a friend’s air B’n’B, the Casa Del Campo.CamilliaIt occurs to me that I could easily write a week’s worth of posts about everything we saw and did while we were visiting Terry and Eileen, and maybe I will later, Tiffany Lampbut for today, I want to just paint in broad strokes a picture of the fascination and fun we found out in the boonies around California’s Grass Valley. Black Swallowtail Butterfly Buttermilk Trail. South Yuba State ParkPerhaps the most beautiful excursion was a hike on the Buttermilk Bend Trail Playing by stream along Buttermilk Trail. South Yuba State Parkin South Yuba River State Park. South Yuba River. Full with spring rainsThe South Yuba River was bursting from drenching spring rains, Wildflowers along Buttermilk Trail. South Yuba River, CAand the hillsides were lush with gorgeous wildflowers. Bush Lupine along Buttermilk Trail. South Yuba State Park CABut that was just the first of many delights!  Window Shopping in Nevada CityWe toured Grass Valley and Nevada City…
towns that look like they’re straight out of the movies, Mine Shaft Saloon Nevada Citybut they’re not ghost towns made for a set! Nevada City Main StreetThe “Wild West” is still very much alive and well! Touring National HotelThe National Hotel, “oldest continuously operating hotel and saloon”
was established in 1852, back in the Gold Rush Days, National Hotel Registration Area Nevada City CAbut it’s still going great guns (so to speak)
and is on the National Register of Historic Places. National Hotel Lobby Nevada City CADefinitely worth a visit! Machine Shop at Empire Mine CAThe most fascinating tour Terry took us on was to the Empire Mine
(also on the National Register of Historic Places) Cottage at Empire Mine CAand the “cottage” (mansion) built on the grounds by the Bourn family. Elegant offical papers from Empire Mine CAThe Empire Mine, established in 1850, was one of the oldest Gold Nugget from Empire Mine CAand richest mines built during the California Gold Rush. Mansion at Empire Mine CATerry is actually an official docent for the Empire Mine, View down main drift of Empire Mine, CAso we got a tour extraordinaire!! Doc Holladay. Rough and Ready Republic CAAll this brings me back to my original tale about the Wild West! Rough and Ready Republic CADuring the Gold Rush in 1849,
the little mining town of Rough and Ready was established. Mock up of buildings in Rough and Ready Republic CAIn 1850, they actually seceded from the nation in the hopes of avoiding taxes,
but the next year they voted to rejoin the union. Doc's Ague Cure. Rough and Ready Republic CAI guess nobody made much of a fuss about the upstart nation
encompassing 3.1 sq. miles of land and a tiny population, Historic Toll House. Rough and Ready Republic CAbut they still exist today, and they still have a few buildings from the 1850’s, which have earned them the honor of being a California Historical Landmark. Cart for taking bodies to cemetery. Rough and Ready Republic CAThrough all this, I was struck anew that I’m forever learning new things,
and I’m totally excited about the realization that I will never get bored in heaven! Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Blue DickJust imagine. An eternity to learn, discover, and grow. Isn’t that fabulous?!

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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