Back at the Ranch
Lincoln, California: Our voyage
today was not long. Just a few hours to visit family just outside of Sacramento.
We are lucky to have family (so close to I-5) who are willing to host us and feed us on our
trek south. Dave's brother and his wife - Steve & Gina - live on a beautiful
ranch outside of Lincoln. Horse property. Acres of fields, a pond and the most
prolific orchards and garden in the entire State of California.
This the view from the house, west to the pond. Can you imagine
waking up to this vista each morning? Or watching the sun set over this bucolic
pond in the evening?
Gina roasted chicken (which she actually had to purchase), but every other food
she served this evening came from her garden. She roasted butternut squash, red
onion, beets and several varieties of peppers
Though the chicken and roasted vegetables were amazing, her salad of Napa
cabbage, spinach, apples, walnuts and onion was simply delicious and stole
Did I mention the Key Lime Pie made from their Key Lime tree? I know, it's
like they live in a cornucopia of bountiful fruits and vegetables.
Typical veggie box from Gina's prolific garden
And they do! They supply local gourmet restaurants with organic veggies in
trade for meals and wine. Gina sends boxes of veggies to the local food
bank. Trades neighbors for meat, eggs, cheese and wine. She freezes. Cans.
They eat very well from their gorgeous garden.
Not only did we have a great evening with family, the Ducks beat
Stanford (at Stanford). During a football game. My Driver is very happy.
We will linger another day or so - more relatives to visit.
Until my next update, I remain, your well-fed correspondent.
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