Last week was epic, in terms of weather, for Southern California. It POURED...as in, torrential rain. And I loved every minute of it. Due to the rain, however, the man-child didn't have school all week due to flooding and leaking vents. When we got the phone call on Thursday night that school would be canceled again on Friday, we decided it was time to get away.

JT served a mission for our church in the Central Valley of California, and he had never gone back after leaving in '99. We decided a road trip was in order. We left on Friday morning and drove up the 5, through the grapevine, and into the Central Valley.

Our first stop was Exeter- a small town where he lived for a number of months. It's also the gateway to the Sequoia National Park. Exeter has one very distinguishing aspect- there are murals everywhere. And I do love murals. So we stopped for a few minutes (bathroom break) so I could take some pictures. They're snapshots, really- nothing artistic by any means, because it was raining out and we wanted to get up to the Redwoods before dark.
While I did get some shots, it was dusk right as we entered Sequoia Nat'l Park, so we weren't able to get up to see the "trees as big as our house", as Elias says. No worries- we'll go back soon. Getting a little taste of the mountains was intoxicating to me and I'm anxious to get back there and out of our urban jungle. Here are just SOME of the murals from the quaint little town of Exeter, CA...

 webPS_5659.jpgwebPS_5655.jpgwebPS_5653.jpg This is probably my favorite of the murals- it's smaller than some of the others, but I love California Poppies...
 webPS_5648.jpgwebBlog1.jpg REALLY, they look like real orange groves, right? This one was huge (see my children in lower right hand corner for perspective...) and I would have loved to have watched them paint it. webPS_5642.jpg And how cool is this? A map (mural) of all the murals in town. Genius.
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January 27, 2010

Last week was epic, in terms of weather, for Southern California. It POURED...as in, torrential rain. And I loved every minute of it. Due to the rain, however, the man-child didn't have school all week due to flooding and leaking vents. When we got the phone call on Thursday night that school would be canceled again on Friday, we decided it was time to get away.

JT served a mission for our church in the Central Valley of California, and he had never gone back after leaving in '99. We decided a road trip was in order. We left on Friday morning and drove up the 5, through the grapevine, and into the Central Valley.

Our first stop was Exeter- a small town where he lived for a number of months. It's also the gateway to the Sequoia National Park. Exeter has one very distinguishing aspect- there are murals everywhere. And I do love murals. So we stopped for a few minutes (bathroom break) so I could take some pictures. They're snapshots, really- nothing artistic by any means, because it was raining out and we wanted to get up to the Redwoods before dark.
While I did get some shots, it was dusk right as we entered Sequoia Nat'l Park, so we weren't able to get up to see the "trees as big as our house", as Elias says. No worries- we'll go back soon. Getting a little taste of the mountains was intoxicating to me and I'm anxious to get back there and out of our urban jungle. Here are just SOME of the murals from the quaint little town of Exeter, CA...

 webPS_5659.jpgwebPS_5655.jpgwebPS_5653.jpg This is probably my favorite of the murals- it's smaller than some of the others, but I love California Poppies...
 webPS_5648.jpgwebBlog1.jpg REALLY, they look like real orange groves, right? This one was huge (see my children in lower right hand corner for perspective...) and I would have loved to have watched them paint it. webPS_5642.jpg And how cool is this? A map (mural) of all the murals in town. Genius.
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Comments
Meghan Rickard says:

These are gorgeous murals! Looks like so much fun!

(01.27.10 @ 11:32 AM)
Jen says:

Gorgeous! Adore those citrus orchards. Reminds me of home. :) and that perspective with your kids is great!

(01.27.10 @ 11:55 AM)
Greg Russell | Alpenglow Images says:

Beautiful Rachel! Looking forward to seeing more from your trip (esp. Yosemite hehe).

This spring is shaping up to be an epic wildflower year. You'll have fields of poppies right in your own backyard!

Cheers,
Greg

(01.27.10 @ 07:53 PM)
cheryl says:

I love the building with poppies on the side of it! Reminds me of a mural that no longer exists in Fallbrook... And it's good marketing! I would definitely want to patronize any business that had something that beautiful on the side of it!

(01.28.10 @ 05:28 PM)