All-terrain Sweetwater

I’ve been spending an awful lot of time along the north fork at Folsom Lake lately, so the other day I decided it was high time to return to the south fork — specifically, the Sweetwater Creek/Salmon Falls area. I prefer to get out there in the morning because I have the sun at my back; and even though I […]

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At Horseshoe Bar

Spring hasn’t actually arrived in our neck of the woods yet, but on a day like we had yesterday, it seems very close. I hiked in the area around Horseshoe Bar on Folsom Lake, enjoying the blue sky and the cool wind that kept the noontime sun from feeling too overpowering.

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California Missions

When I was in elementary school back in the early 1970s, our lessons on California history skimmed lightly over the story of the Spanish missions, unlike the more in-depth study available to later students. I did visit the gold discovery site at Coloma and Sutter’s Fort with my class, but a field trip to the nearest mission would have meant […]

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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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Hitting the trail

I’ve visited this same area of Folsom Lake twice in the last two weeks, and both times the skies were mostly dull and overcast. Today, the sun came out, and I couldn’t resist going back to do some more trail exploration. There’s so much to discover along a number of different trails and  plenty of cool details that I missed […]

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Memory Monday, Week 132

I think it was April 1980 when I went along with my parents, my sister, and my niece and nephew to visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Sadly, I barely paid any attention to the other historic ships because I was much too enthralled by the Star of India; I shared my photos from that day in October 2018 […]

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To wander

Yesterday we spent a few hours blissfully unaware of the national chaos as we explored an unfamiliar portion of Folsom Lake shoreline. The area of the North Fork between Granite Bay and Rattlesnake Bar has always been a sort of black hole to me — with small ranches and multimillion-dollar mansions lining this portion of the lake, it didn’t seem […]

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Memory Monday, Week 131

During Christmas and summertime school breaks back in the early 1980s, I got pretty used to spending roughly eight hours on the road, driving to Southern California in my parents’ VW camper to visit my eldest sister’s family. Once there, we usually stayed for about a week and found time to visit various local attractions — Disneyland, the San Diego […]

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