The road to Oakdale is strictly agrarian. There are barns, cows, horses, fields of wheat, hay, alfalfa, chicken farms, eggs production facilities, tomato trucks, and roadside crosses marking losses of lives. The Toulumne River winds around back and forth under Geer Rd. which becomes Albers Rd., which becomes Yosemite Rd. depending on what rural part of changing zipcodes you are passing through.
The reason for the roadtrip was a simple one - my Tuesday night crocheting buddy, Elaine and I were on the great yarn hunt. Anyone who knits or crochets understands the necessity of looking beyond Michael's and Walmart for yarn. These, alas, are the two options available to us in Turlock. HOWEVER, Oakdale, just 25 minutes up the backroad from us has a hobby store AND a yarn shop. The yarn shop was closed on Labor Day but we lucked out at the hobby store. And, OH, what a selection. I felt like Alice falling down into the rabbit hole and arriving in wonderland. We found
We ended our day at Starbucks, OF COURSE. Star$s is such a fun people watching place. Only in California are you going to find old surfers in the middle of the Central Valley farming community.