You can take the girl out of the city...and this weekend we did just that. Thanks to Giovanna's foundation, St. Anthony's, we were able to stay in a practically free cabin in Pollock Pines, lazing and eating, floating and sunning, and generally being one with nature and our stomachs. The foundation has been offering this perk to employees for decades, and we found evidence of this in the many guest books stacked up on the shelves, dating back to the early '90s.
On Saturday, we went to Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park, hiked to a beautiful waterfall, floated and swam around the lake, and later ended up at the (colorful) Pine Lodge Club playing shuffleboard with locals.
The lake was manmade, surrounded by pine trees, and so clean that it was even the town's drinking water. It was lovely, and we hung out there for hours, swimming and floating and basking with our beers. A little slice of heaven; a Zac Brown Band kind of day.
Around the cabin, we tried to convince ourselves there weren't ghosts. We also ate a lot. When we weren't doing one of those things, we would just read, and dance around listening to old school with no pants on (that may have just been me), and play games like the rhythmic Thumper (please see individual actions below).
Sunday morning after breakfast, we did a photo shoot and cleared out of the cabin before heading over to Boeger winery in Placerville/Apple Hill.
Boeger winery was such a treat. Going to wineries in the Gold Country is a much more laid back experience than it is in Napa/Sonoma, and for practically nothing we got to try reserve wines, keep souvenir glasses, and wander the property, including the original building, the magnificently landscaped front lawn, and the blacksmith shop and yarn studio (well these we just peeked at through holes in the wood). Now we just need to go back for one of their Friday night live music and pizza events.
Finally, we stopped at Boa Vista in Apple Hill for some pie before leaving town. Every vacation should end with pie. I already wish I could go back! It was hella fun. It was hella Polluck Pines.