When you live within walking distance of the bluffs in Orangevale, it’s kind of hard to come up with good excuses not to get outside and exercise (at least on days when the rain isn’t coming down sideways). It also helps that many of the trails will take you up and down hills, providing you with a good cardiovascular workout; […]
I spent last Friday with the Big Guy, driving to Lake Berryessa and doing a little exploring near the Smittle Creek trailhead. It was great to get away from home for awhile… although our day was marred by a few mishaps. On our way to the western shore of Berryessa, we missed our turnoff and drove all the way to […]
These days when we head off to spend Christmas with the Big Guy’s family, it means a 3-hour airplane ride to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I do enjoy those trips, but sometimes I miss the days when his folks were living on Bay Farm Island in Alameda, only an hour or so away from our house via the freeway. We’d […]
As much fun as it can be wandering around in an unfamiliar place, sometimes it’s very comforting to find a map or a sign confirming your position and helping you get re-oriented. I sometimes find maps a little confusing, but I really love those that helpfully point out my exact position for me. In looking through my archives for these types of images, I realized I don’t shoot nearly enough photos of this type of sign; from now on I plan to more faithfully hunt them down.
It was October 1996 when I first visited this stretch of the American River with the Big Guy. We rode across a small pedestrian bridge (officially named Jim’s Bridge as of 1989) on our bikes to explore the north bank, looking for promising fishing spots along Sacramento Bar. I had seen this particular bridge many times but had never set […]