Last week it was the ocean. This week it was the mountains. Our plan to get out of town at least once a week is back in full swing. Of course, it's easier to take a little day trip when the weather is nice. Yesterday was beautiful.
Chico is nicely situated in the center of the state, so one can go west to the Pacific Ocean or east the Cascade Mountains. Traveling east on Hwy 32, it didn't take long before we began to see accumulations of snow along the road. I'm a true California driver - terrified of snow and ice. Our response is either to drive too fast, or drive too slowly and irritate the drivers going too fast. I chose the too slow approach so we could see the scenery and not slip on whatever ice was on the cold spots. Fortunately, there was no ice on the road and we got to see lots and lots of Mother Nature's handiwork. (Yes, I was good and pulled over to allow the too fast drivers and the locals to pass.)
It took us 2.5 hours to get to lunch in Graeagle, but it was worth it, as usual. Every time we go there I pester Cathy, the owner, to publish a book of her soup recipes. I think when Hell freezes her book will be published.
I've been trying to avoid refined carbs. Both of yesterday's soups were good and contained no refined carbs: White Beans with Ham, and Zucchini and Cheese. Yum!