It was time to leave Napa and continue heading east on I-80. We passed through Sacramento and about 30 miles later we were at our destination for one night in Auburn, CA.
Auburn is at the base of gold rush country and has a HUGE statue of a miner panning for gold at the edge of Old Town. The shop buildings are very quaint and definitely look like they’ve been around for some time.
We had a fun time window shopping and comparing things to the last time we were here. Auburn has definitely grown but the Old Town area looks the same.
After shopping, we headed to Mel’s Diner for ice cream. We didn’t know at the time that this is THE Mel’s Diner of American Graffiti fame. The entire inside is covered with American Graffiti memorabilia.
We ordered an ice cream sundae to split and when the waiter came by with it, he told us that this was the most beautiful sundae that he had ever made. So….. we took a picture of it!
Our main reason for stopping in Auburn for one night was to visit a high school friend, JoAnn Mart and her husband, Bob. They were kind enough to invite us over for dinner, so after feeding Duke his dinner, we headed out with directions in hand to find their home in Rocklin.
We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation catching up on things since JoAnn and Bob visited us in Texas in February. They have a beautiful home and we had a relaxing dinner outside on the patio. We also got to play with their two dogs, Golden Retriever, Harry and Yellow Lab, Lizzie. And then JoAnn was also dog sitting, Leila, the neighbors Lab mix. What a night of dog play, along with a fun evening with old friends.
Tomorrow we head a short distance north to Grass Valley. We are anxious to see how much this small town has changed.