California's 278 state parks are in danger. The states financial problems may mean that some will be closed. Perhaps 278 is more than we need, the citizens are certainly unwilling or unable to support them all. Hubby and I have been trying to visit as many as we can, while we can. Recently we visited Ide Adobe SHP.
One of the first things we noticed was this huge, 400 year old oak next to the adobe. The house, built in 1852, is the only existing example of a gold-rush era adobe.
School programs help fourth graders learn what life was like and Adobe Day in August re-creates the ambiance of the era with music, dancing and pioneer crafts.
Exhibits in the visitor's center tell of William Ide's involvement in the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. In that revolt American settlers captured the Mexican commandant Vallejo and established the California Republic. The California Republic (sometimes called the Bear Flag Republic) lasted only 25 days before Navy Commodore John Sloat claimed California for the United States.
Researchers have determined that Ide never lived at the site but it continues to be called the "Ide Adobe".
While we were touring the adobe we heard a large crash. When we went outside we saw that a limb had fallen off the giant oak. I don't know what the state will do. It is a beautiful old tree but it is a hazard to visitors.
To find more views of our world, visit That's My World, Tuesday; hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia.