Plastic, rubber, and rust

It can be pretty entertaining to find odd little things lying lost or discarded while hiking around the lakebed at Folsom. It may be some object that’s fairly easy to identify — like the various pairs of sunglasses lost overboard by summertime boaters; and then there are the mysterious pieces, old and new. Are they of historical interest or just […]

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Valley of giants

Walking around in the barren landscape created by the seasonal low water level at Folsom Lake, I feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of massive granite boulders scattered everywhere. I’ve never gotten too interested in geology, but I can’t help wondering about the forces that formed these stone giants and how they ended up in their present positions. […]

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In before the storm

We took a short trip back out to Folsom Lake this morning — a last chance to get outdoors ahead of a big storm that should be hitting our area before long. Though the skies were blue and cloudless as the day began, it wasn’t long before grey took over; and while the south wind wasn’t gusting too strongly yet, […]

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Hole in one

Hiking along the shoreline at Folsom Lake, especially in the areas that are normally underwater, you never know what sort of fascinating landscape details you might find. I’m always especially curious about what’s inside those dark little caves and whether they’re naturally formed or man made.

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Home away

I’ve written before about the various driftwood shelters to be found along the shores of Folsom Lake, like this one or this one. Or like the large one along the South Fork near Salmon Falls, which until now was my solid favorite. That changed a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled across an even more lovingly constructed shelter near […]

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North Fork Ditch

I’m sure that one reason I find the North Fork Ditch remnants at Folsom Lake so fascinating is that their history goes all the way back to the mid 1850s. (Ditches were also constructed around the same period along both sides of the South Fork, but I’ve never seen the remains of these.) I’ve shot photos of bits and pieces […]

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