Photo Phriday – Cold Spring Tavern~

What to visit Gopherville? I do!

In 1860 a stagecoach pass was hacked through the California wilderness over the mountainous San Marcos Pass to connect Mission Santa Barbara to The Santa Ynez Rancho.

A rest stop was built along the stage coach route high up on The San Marcos Pass, next to a naturally running cold mountain spring.

This stage-stop was, and is still called, Cold Spring Tavern.

Back in the day the tavern served hot meals and alcohol.

It still serves both today, and the experience of eating here is one we return to enjoy whenever we pass by this area.

There was a bunkhouse,

a small store, a stable, and several small homesteads, forming a town called Gopherville, which is now a ghost town.

The town even had a jail which could hold up to eleven (crowded) souls…. rowdy cowboys and such, who likely drank too much whiskey…..

Cheers to you from Cold Springs…

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Celebration of May Day / Beltane

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I have a friend (yes, I do have friends) who knows all about May Day aka Beltane because she writes about it in her YA fiction Circle of Nine series

Circle of Nine: Beltany Book One in the Circle of Nine Series  Circle of Nine: Novella Collection (Circle of Nine Series Book 2)  Circle of Nine: Sacred Treasures Book Three in the Circle of Nine Series  Below is her post that tells all about May Day!