Murphys, California, is an old (1859), little (2300 people) mining town in Northern California close to the Big Trees State Park. It is beautiful and well worth the drive as there are many little interesting and historic places along the way, not to mention Yosemite Park which we will talk about later when we spend a week there in December.

We are house-sitting (HousesittersAmerica – link to the right) for a couple for three weeks who went to New York to visit family. They have an old, petite, black cat (Poco) that needs minimal care and is too tired to do much of anything. She is adorable and likes a good brushing every once in a while. The homeowners made us supper the night we arrived and left us a bunch of touristy pamphlets and their pass for the Calaveras Big Tree Park. They even bought us some bread and a couple things to eat…so sweet.

We have a beautiful view from the hillside bungalow and a deck we can sit on to eat breakfast or just enjoy nature. Apparently there were a couple of bears passing through in the last week and the usual wild turkeys, and lots of birds.

Murphys has a great organic grocery store! It is better and bigger than a lot of organic stores in bigger centers. We filled the fridge and pantry for the next week and will be back.

Apparently there are 21 wineries around Murphys and we plan to visit several of them. There are caves nearby and plenty of little historic communities to visit…more to follow.

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