|Our American Eskimo, Stoli (newly trimmed for summer), by the lake.|
Prompted in part by our young children's wish to live somewhere even more rural than Topanga - and somewhere with snow in winter and more horses close by - we chose Sonora for its stunning natural beauty, its proximity to Yosemite, its warm and welcoming local community, its fascinating gold rush history, and the fact that there is an excellent Waldorf/Steiner school nearby.
|19th Century gold mining equipment at neighboring Columbia.|
We found a house by a lake that offers a beautiful setting, plentiful ducks and geese (we already have our own baby duckling), hopefully the occasional loon (I am pretty certain that I heard one calling last night, there is no other bird that sounds quite the same) and the opportunity for long walks, bike rides and lazy afternoons messing about on the water.
Los Angeles is great, and I have a particular fondness for Topanga Canyon, Laurel Canyon, Zuma Beach and Point Dume in Malibu, but Sonora and surrounding Jamestown, Columbia and Twain Harte all offer a pace of life and a healthy and natural lifestyle that we have already come to love.
|Sunset on the lake. All photos: Alexander Chow-Stuart.|