calling all oven geeks!

When most people go on vacation, they go somewhere to relax, get away from work, read and stare off into the sunset. Well, we went camping this week and we did do all those things but we also are of questionable focus when it comes to relaxing.  Hence the photos. History, my friends, it is history.

a cooking area inside the Officials' Quarters at Fort Ross, CA

a cooking area inside the Officials' Quarters at Fort Ross, CA

I’m not saying we tried to cook in it, but I will say that Ryan definitely tried to get in there and check it out. A little historical reenactment goes a long way. This was at Fort Ross, on the rugged Sonoma coast. The other really beautiful thing was a double-sided fireplace that was in the center of the main room of the Rotchev House, the last remaining original building on the grounds, circa 1836. For California, this is ancient. You know…

This fireplace/oven had another duplicate opening on the opposite side.

This fireplace/oven had another duplicate opening on the opposite side.

It was then that I realized it is wonderful to be of food-centric mind. You see relics like these and you think of everyone crafting their breads to slide them into that gorgeous oven and the warmth and comraderie it must have made in a cold, coastal cliffside life. We went back to the car and ate some turkey jerky. It just felt right. 🙂

all photos © tessacahill

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  1. Griselda Suarez

    Your pics make me want to find any pics of my grandmother’s adobe oven. It was beside the outdoor living room. I going to look through hundreds of pics at my parent’s house. I still hear stories about her breads from strangers in her hometown.

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