Trailing along

I explored the Oaks Nature Trail at Folsom Lake’s Peninsula Campground once before, last summer; even though this path is a bit more “civilized” than the dirt horse trails I usually like to wander, I still enjoyed myself a lot. And this time out was even better. Everything was much more green than during my summertime visit. I had a […]

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Valley Oak, reclining

I’m not sure of this oak tree’s age is or how long it’s been lying sideways, but despite its unusual position the tree seems to be alive and well. The first time I recall noticing it was around 2004, and it’s still surviving. I hope that it remains in this spot for many more years to come, an old familiar […]

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Down to the river

I’ve hiked the Gerle Loop Trail off Highway 49 a few times this year, including this visit two weeks ago. It feels so close to home, even though it takes me about an hour to get there, winding along Salmon Falls Road up to Pilot Hill. I like that it seems just a little way upstream from my house — […]

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Toward McVicar and back

With this post, I’m concluding my series of posts covering my hikes at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in early May of this year. After I had crossed the flats and circled around to the back of the ridge, I happened across a trail sign pointing the way toward McVicar. Although I wasn’t quite sure what/where McVicar was — and […]

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Anderson Flats Trail

The morning after I had visited the Anderson Ranch and hiked along Cache Creek, I returned to the park to explore more of the trails in this beautiful landscape. I wasn’t completely sure where I was going, but I tried to follow the signs toward the ridge, thinking I might find a nice view of Clear Lake or even just […]

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Morning fog

This morning was beautifully overcast before the sun finally won out over the clouds, a little before noon. I was hiking the Monte Vista Trail near Salmon Falls on the South Fork of the American River. There were loads of yellow and purple wildflowers (along with the ever-present poison oak), and the views were pretty nice, too!

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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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