Friday, March 5, 2010

Mariposa

My oldest and dearest friend lives 2+ hours away so many years ago we started meeting in the middle. Early on we met to trade kids. J loved to spend weekends with us on the ranch. Now, sometimes we shop in Merced. But our favorite is Mariposa. This time we had a picnic in the park and walked around town. Not sure how Mariposa got named for butterflies.

This was one of our few sunny days between all the rain this month. The sky was the deepest blue you ever saw! Mariposa's courthouse was built in 1854 and has been in continuous use since then.

The courtroom has the original seats, tables, chairs, and judge's bench. Check out the size of that wood stove! Can you imagine sitting next to it on a day when they are trying to heat the whole room?



The clock tower against that gorgeous sky.

Down the street from the courthouse is this great old victorian. Can't say why my snap is crooked!

Cool gingerbread around the 'round' porch!

The old county jail burned down in late 1800's, and this is what was saved of the original building. Those granite blocks are huge!

Just when I think I know everything about one of our local towns I learn something new. Right in the middle of town (although on a side street) is a short trail along the Mariposa Creek. It's planted with natives and is surely very beautiful later in the season.

Another thing I don't know is what tree produced these beautiful berries last fall.

Also wanted to mention that the Mariposa Museum is one of the most outstanding in the whole Mother Lode, if you are ever in the area, don't miss a visit.

There's a new coffee shop in town called "The Pony Expresso". It's very cute and I got a yummy smoothie for the ride back up Highway 49 to Jamestown.

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