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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Yolo wetlands

In my lifetime, I’ve crossed and recrossed the Yolo Causeway many, many times. But last week was the first time I actually stopped to explore the surrounding wetlands, now designated as the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area. I wasn’t precisely sure what to expect when Google told me I had arrived at my destination — and I’ll admit I was […]

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