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During the three-day Labor Day weekend the beach and picnic areas at Negro Bar State Park are always teeming with sun- and fun-seekers.  But at 7:30 on Tuesday morning, with the holiday finished and everyone struggling back to work, the beach and the parking lots are peaceful and deserted — except for these very busy guys.

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C is for…

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is C words: Needs to be at least 4 letters in length.  Feel free to use your native language as your inspiration for this challenge, just please give us the word in your language and the english translation.  Use your imagination for this theme. Conductor: Citrus and Cactus: Cobblestones: https://www.flickr.com/photos/21865583@N03/36765277531/in/datetaken-public/ Canal — […]

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Zittel Farms

Here is another small local gem I’ve been overlooking for far too long. Zittel Farms in Folsom offers fresh produce, a pumpkin patch, educational tours for school children, and even Christmas trees in season. When I walk past the property early in the mornings there’s not much going on, but it still makes a very nice break from shopping centers and […]

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A California king

All summer long as I hike along dirt trails surrounded by high weeds, I’m cautiously looking out for rattlesnakes. I’ve spotted them as early as March, both in 2014 and 2015; but this year I hadn’t seen one single snake of any type — until last Tuesday, when I was lucky enough to encounter this little guy at Negro Bar. When I tried to coax him off the trail (lest he be run over by somebody on a mountain bike), he coiled up and fiercely shook his tail at me before giving up and slithering off into the dry weeds.

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