Mormon Island Wetlands State Park

A little over a week ago, I finally went to check out this very low-profile state park located along Green Valley Road in Folsom. There are no interpretive signs or even an obvious entrance. I’m still not sure of the exact boundaries of the park; I followed a rather muddy trail that paralleled Green Valley Road for quite a ways, […]

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Wet Wednesday

The first day of spring turned out to be cloudy and cool, with a few showers and the threat of a thunderstorm in the area. Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist the urge to get outside and maybe climb another hill or two, hoping to photograph some of the cloud formations. I did manage a nice hike (a 4-mile round-trip from Folsom […]

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Climbing hills

I don’t need a stair-climbing machine in my house to get a good workout; I can walk or drive a fairly short distance and find some great hills to climb. And the springtime, before the weeds dry out and become full of stickers, is a perfect time to enjoy some of these near-vertical trails. It also helps me keep some […]

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From above

I’ve been climbing an awful lot of hills on my hikes lately, but that’s partly because the view is so much better from up high. Here are a few of the literally breath-taking sights I saw when I spent the afternoon wandering along the bluffs in Fair Oaks a couple of days ago.

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March on Hinkle Creek

It’s been quite a long time since I visited Hinkle Creek; today seemed like the perfect day to go. The sun was shining, and I wanted to get out of the house for a bit even though I’m still nursing sore muscles from my recent outings. The trail isn’t much more than a mile long and most of it is […]

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