Our Folsom Day... Way FUN!

We had a very full day planned and boy was it exhaustingly fun!

Our original plan was to Garage Sale all day. We ran out of money by noon!
Wow, we scored some great 'treasures' and met some really neat people (more about them tomorrow).
Next stop was to hook up with Cathy and head to our very first Letterboxing Event. This was an exciting, well-timed happening and we were eager to learn more about our new hobby by 'experts'.
This amazing stamp was sent by 'Green Jello', a letterboxer from Utah who created this just for our event. I am in awe!
It was an afternoon of camaraderie and meeting the artists who create and hide the amazing boxes we covet! 



Next stop was a stroll through the Phoenix Park Vernal Pools.
John Muir said, of this National Natural Landmark, "Sauntering in any direction, my feet would brush about a hundred flowers with every step... as if I were wading in liquid gold." (1868)

Our final stop was to watch the sun set at water's edge. The Rainbow Bridge (1919) seemed an ideal spot.
We traversed Folsom's Historic Truss Bridge. This bridge was originally built across the American River in 1893 replacing the Ecklon Toll Bridge, a suspension bridge that had collapsed. It was used for carrying horses, wagons, and livestock across the American River. At that time, some said it was the finest bridge in the country. For the first few years there were few automobiles that needed to cross its narrow span and it was not designed to carry the weight but, after the turn of the century, the need for a bridge for automobiles became more evident. The Truss Bridge was abandoned in 1917 when the Rainbow Bridge opened.
The bridge was originally to be shipped to Japan, however the war intervened, and the bridge remained untouched until 1930. The bridge remained in place until the State of California bought it for $250 and moved it to Siskiyou County as a crossing on the Klamath River. From 1930 until the late 1990s it was known as Walker Bridge, as it spanned the Klamath on Walker Road. When Siskiyou County decided they no longer needed the bridge in 1998, Folsom bought it back.

 What a spectacular contrast between the 'new and old'.
And it was a wonderful way to conclude our very delightful day. Folsom is pretty fabulous!

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