In Lincoln with Family
Lincoln, California: We arrived to
Lincoln Thursday afternoon and are "camped" (meaning dry-camping) in the tour
bus parking area at
Casino. We had dinner with our niece, Meghan, and her wife, Jamie, at a local
restaurant... but the dining room was so dark, I didn't even attempt to take a
photo. The young couple are doing so well and it was fabulous to be able to
spend the evening with them.
Thursday sunset in Roseville
We spent today with Brother Steve and Gina, exploring
the area around Lincoln, California. The weather was just outstanding -
75 degrees - with clear skies. Lincoln is a super cute town. Though the
downtown area is just a few blocks long, the streets are lined with
beautiful old brick buildings.
After a stroll around town and lunch at Los Gallos Taqueria, we headed
out to the countryside and made a few stops on the way to Gina and
We first stopped to
Goat House Brewing Company. This place is fairly new. They grow
their own hops and brew the beer on-site... and there are goats out
Momma and her three babies
And, of course, beer inside:
Brother Steve and Gina
We made another stop to a local vineyard,
Winery. Just a few years ago, there were no vineyards in the area
around Lincoln. Now, they are everywhere. Wise Villa was more
Napa-than-Lincoln. Fancy. (You will have to trust me as I forgot to take
Our last stop was to our favorite restaurant in Lincoln - Gina's Kitchen. Our
sister-in-law is just an amazing cook and she grows nearly everything they eat.
Gina and I joked that we are the opposite in the grocery store: I go around the
outside of the aisles, buying fresh vegetables and fruits, while Gina only needs
to go down the middle aisles, buying salt, rice and spices. She grows or barters
produce for most other things - meat, wine, olive oil - they need. Besides the
vegetable garden, they have so many fruit trees - apples, oranges, mandarins,
lemons, limes, to name a few.
Her garden is huge, and though it may look a bit slow in November, there
is still plenty of food to eat from the summer bounty (even tomatoes!)
and Gina has just planted winter crops like spinach and broccoli. Now
they have a lot of different squash available.
There are goats and turkeys living on the property behind them and the
critters have learned Generous Gina will share a bit of her vegetables.
When the animals see her in the garden, they rush to the fence. The
turkeys puff up their feathers and gobble gobble gobble over
for a hand-out.
I believe these birds are both female, due to the light-colored tips on
the feathers and the lack of beards on the chests... but if any of you
know better, please comment below. Either way, turkey are a
vile-appearing bird. Do not feel guilty eating one at the end of this
Gina and Steve have the most beautiful piece of
paradise. Ten acres of fields, pastures, ponds and produce.
DT, heading down to the pond
Steve made a beautiful centerpiece for the table and has dried corn
stalks at several decorative locations throughout the property. They
Gina roasted a chicken, roasted butternut squash and made a salad with
greens from her garden. Dessert was an apple cake made with her own
What a great few days spent with Dave's family!
Until my next update, I remain, your well-fed correspondent.
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