As I entered the Los Rios District, I came across this handsome gentleman. I walked by him and he smiled a warm smile as I passed. I smiled back and made a mental note that if he was still there when I returned on my way back, I would ask him if I could take his photograph. When I approached him, he was more than happy to oblige. He made a natural subject. His face and the energy that he exuded truly encompassed the feeling of the area. I was honored and humbled by this lovely gentleman whose name is David. He shook my hand with so much warmth that I was overtaken by his generosity.
In the background of this photograph, you can see the old jail cell which was used to hold outlaws. When my angels were little, they used to love playing inside of the cell. They used to "lock" each other in and climb up and down the bars. It kept them busy long enough for me to take some deep breaths and enjoy the beauty around us.
The Los Rios District is over two hundred years old. It is the oldest town in all of California. This picture shows the train tracks which go from Los Angeles to San Diego. It is one of the stops along the way.
Many of the homes along this street are historical landmarks. They range in age from forty years to two hundred and four years old. I love looking at them! Each new homeowner adds something new to the landscape of the community.
This house is now the site of a beautiful tea room. Charming.
There are several shops intermingled along with the couple of restaurants and private homes. This is a new shop which was created out of a very small old garage. When I went inside, the owner was a delightful woman who did a wonderful job creating a lot within a very small space. There are quite a few artists who live in the area. It is no wonder that they are attracted to this little town since it is so rich in natural beauty and history.
My hope is that this little visit to a historic town will inspire you to embark on an adventure, this week. We tend to follow the same routines from day to day, and we often forget to observe the beauty that is around us. I would love to see some photos of, or hear some stories about the areas in which you live.
May the coming week bring you lots of happy surprises and bits of inspiration.