Monday, January 4, 2010

Road Trip in the Central Valley of California

My grandson had a basketball tournament in a small town in the central valley of California, Lindsay.   We had a break between basketball games so my husband suggested we take a 10 mile drive to Exeter, California.   My first stop was an antique shop I have visited for many years called By The Water Tower.




 For obvious reasons you can't miss the shop since it is by the Exeter water tower.



This shop has several dealers and specializes in antiques and old stuff as well as new items.  You never know what kind of treasures await you as you step through the door.  Take a look.

 























In 1888, as the railroad carved its way through the southern San Joaquin valley, towns grew up along its route.  D.W. Parkhurst, representing the Southern Pacific Railroad, bought  land from John Firebaugh, an early settler and the town of Exeter was born, named after Parkhurst's native town, Exeter, England.  As we traveled through the town we could see outdoor art murals reflecting Exeter's history and culture.









Exeter boasts that it is the "Citrus Capital of the World" so as we went back to the basketball tournament, we had to stop at one of the fruit and vegetable stands to purchase locally grown  produce.  I remember stopping at this same stand when I was a young girl going on our family vacation camping in
Sequoia National Park.









Some of my purchases.  I'm  looking forward to those avocados ripening. yum.





If you are interested in finding out more about Exeter California, go to http://www.exeterchamber.com/