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Sunday, July 31, 2005

We took the Scenic Byway

Since our four girls went away to college, and started lives of their own, Ellen each year looks forward to a drive to Lake Tahoe for a birthday treat. We were herding grand kids on her Birthday, so today we took a drive into the Sierra. But, this time we incorporated the 160-mile Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway drive, written up in Union by Laura Brown in “A day's adventure”, The 160-mile Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway offers sights, history, 28 July 2005.
Picture yourself on a Sunday drive. Good music is playing, and the air conditioner works. The road twists and turns through alpine forests, quaint towns and golden valleys. Traffic doesn't exist. And when a sight beckons you to stop and get out of the car, your lungs fill with sweet-smelling mountain air.
For music, we took along my birthday present to Ellen, a silver marvel called XM2GO. A portable version the XM Radio in our GM Pickup. We picked music to fit our mood and the scenery. No commercials for viagra, used cars, or bank loans, just pure uninterrupted music of our choice. No fiddling with the tuning knob to find a clear station. True, we had a few drop outs when near the bottom of north facing canyons, but they were short. Silence replaced the music, no rush of static or popping sounds. When the line of site to the satellite was reestablished the music just came back on.

Just imagine, this beautiful music coming from a studio in New York, via satellite, to a Volvo gliding along the Yuba, a complement to the beauty we found around every bend in the road. As I drove, Ellen read Laura’s article, and we stopped to capture Laura's enthusiasm for the views and the history of the area.

We started early with coffee and bagles at the Wisdom Cafe in Nevada City, and renewed our strength with a great lunch at Moody’s in Truckee. After lunch we took a detour to Lake Tahoe, stopping at the beaches, to watch the swimmers and boaters enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon at Tahoe. And so did we.

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