Take one sheep ranch in the Sierra Valley, mix in about 20 spinners from both the Western and Eastern slopes of the Sierra:
and you get a day of spinning and conversation, fleece shopping, barn envy, the usual show and tell, pattern-sharing and catching up on the news. Sue, Dee and I drove up together, with much to talk about as always, so we had our own little hen party both coming and going. A few other guild members came from our side of the hill, joining some of the Carson Sierra Spinners, from NV.
The Harvey ranch is off the grid, and has been in Anna's family as high country pasture for several generations. She and her husband are the first to actually live on the property, so they are in the process of building, making permanent structures to weather the winters.
Anna's husband logged the trees from their ranch, milled them on site, and built that big barn in the background from the lumber. It is gorgeous, in barn-terms or house terms: I'd live in it, it was so beautiful and BIG.
Sharon organized us, we all showed up, brought chairs and lunch, and had at it. Sharon and Birdsong also have photos, Amy and Allison may soon too. I missed some of the later arrivals, and I won't even try for all of the names.
Linda's smile, though, sums it all up:
Ah, summer. Ah, spinning. Ah, friends. It does not get any better than this.