Big Break

The area around Big Break Regional Shoreline, just east of Antioch on the San Joaquin River, looks to have been a very busy place in the past — rusted machine parts and abandoned boats lie scattered about, faint reminders of days gone by. Nowadays, this part of the shore has been dedicated to restoration and preservation of habitat that welcomes […]

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More from Putah Creek

For awhile now I have been wondering how the name of this creek should be pronounced and was referring to it as Pyoo-tah Creek. But it finally occurred to me to seek the answer on my own bookshelf, in a book titled “Historic California: Its Colorful Names and How It Got Them,” by Alton Pryor (originally published in 2002). Thus […]

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Down to the creek

Putah Creek is one of those places I’ve been aware of for many years but never got around to exploring until recently; part of the reason is that it runs through Yolo and Solano counties, on the other side of the Sacramento Valley from where I live. On this particular day in early October, I happened upon one of the […]

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Old Middle Fork

Two miles above Rio Vista on the Sacramento River you’ll find the entrance to Steamboat Slough. This 11-mile-long waterway was originally called the Middle Fork of the Sacramento River; but by the 1860s it had become the preferred route of  impatient steamship captains because it was shorter and easier to navigate than the main river course. I’ve written before about […]

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Two creeks

As I drove east through the hills along Highway 20, heading home from Clear Lake, I wasn’t especially looking forward to the Interstate 5 leg of my trip. I had traveled that way so many times before; and even though that route would most likely have me home in less than 90 minutes, the scenery wasn’t very interesting. So as […]

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