Visit Julie's Creek and "Cat House"
If you visit Julie and Jo they have a beautiful place here with a creek just "out back", it was wonderful to wander through their woods and encounter the small waterfalls and pools formed there.
At Julie's Creek we caught these two dragonflies doing their thing and they were so occupied with what they were doing they let me "sneak up" and get a pretty good pic. This is one of those times you wish that you had a truly professional camera with a high resolution and zoooooooooooom lens.
AUBURN THE SAN FRANCISCO TO RENO TOURIST STOP
"THE I-80 TOURIST GOLD RUSH TOURIST TOWN"
Auburn is the place where all good tourists go. Why? Well, it is a great stopping point for those driving the San Francisco area to Lake Tahoe/Reno. Gasoline stations and restaurants are plenty, but so is the history of the California Gold Rush along Hwy 49. Besides the restaurants and gasoline stations, many interesting and unique stores are located in Auburn in the old town section.
Can't miss the area, as a large statue of a gold panning 49er fronts the town. Take the time to walk around the four block area of the town to see the old historic buildings, check out the many shops, or sit down to a mountain air induced hunger at one of the local restaurants. There is more than gold in these hills for tourists to enjoy themselves, whether for an hour's rest from driving or a day of exploring.
Good Ol' Auburn
"Home Sweet Home"
Auburn, a small town with around 12,500 people located in the northern part of sunny CA, is conveniently nestled in the Sierra foothills. Its location allows easy access to Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and Reno. I lived in Auburn a little over 5 years. People are friendly and the weather tends to hold true to the state’s cliché reputation, never too cold (I’m comparing to Berlin winters now ;-) ), and frequently illuminated by the sunshine. In the winter, although at some point in time it usually does snow, there isn’t usually much of the white fluffy stuff. If you want to play in lots of snow, just grab a vehicle, drive up the mountain, and within 30 minutes you’ll be in winter wonderland. Of course, it may take more or less time depending on traffic (which is increasingly drastically in the foothills!)
If you are planning on visiting Auburn, be prepared for a relaxing vacation. This is a warning, as, being the small town it is, there isn’t that much to do. Residents keep themselves occupied with their jobs, school, etc., but I don’t really know what tourists do in the town. Of course there are shopping centers, movie theatres, and places to eat, so I guess you’ll figure out a way to keep occupied (just don’t expect any sort of real happening night life). If you like nature there are some nice trails you can enjoy hinking along.
Also, there is a bussing system! This winter we visited Auburn to celebrate Christmas with our family; the amount of cars on the roads nowadays is absolutely crazy! Of course Americans like driving around in their cars, but I’m one of those people who’s concerned with the growing pollution in our world, so I’d recommend taking a bus – more info in the transportation area.
Hmmm, well, I hope this helps you, enjoy!