Thursday, August 06, 2009
This week we decided to walk on the north/right bank* and it was like we were walking into a Disney movie. First I saw this beautiful black cat in the distance, but it never moved and it was actually the gnarly end of a dark tree stump. (Disney cartoon moment.) Then we saw two giant bunny rabbits galloping by; heck no -they were giant jack rabbits! Then there were 3; then 5; then 7 and we finally stopped counting at 11! It was a giant jack rabbit convention!! We couldn't believe our eyes! Is the parkway being overrun, we worried? With bunnies that big how long will the vegetation hold out????
Ahhhh, but then we saw a coyote (we're pretty sure) stealthily approaching the jack rabbit convention. So the balance of nature will be preserved. The parkway was pretty busy along this section, with cyclists, joggers, runners and other walkers. Next we reached a creek crossing that is apparently inhabited by some dangerous New Zealand snail that has no natural predator in our watershed and is causing problems.
Then we came upon a mystery golf course with two brown footballs at the end of one hole/putting area. We kept walking and then saw two blue footballs at another area. What the heck kind of golf game uses footballs??? Curiosity got the better of us so we wondered over the fence to investigate the blue footballs and realized that they were actually big oval rocks that were painted blue and brown. (If anyone in Sac knows what is up w/rocks on this golf course please let us know.)
It was starting to get dark, so we turned around and headed back to the Guy West Bridge; when we notice the head lights of a car bearing down on us! We were concerned with seeing these headlights; then I thought about the parkway closing at sundown -that maybe this was something new to get people out of the parkway. But, it turned out to be single headlights on two bikes coming our way! and zipping past.
Once we got back to the Guy West Bridge**, we decided that the days are already getting shorter (can you believe it?) so next week we'll start next weeks walk at 7:15 pm. Hope to see you there.
*The descriptive terms, 'right bank' and 'left bank', always apply from the perspective of looking downstream, in the direction the current is going.
** The Guy West Bridge in Sacramento, California is a pedestrian-only suspension bridge crossing the historic Lower American River. It is modeled after the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, though its span is a puny 600-ft compared to the Golden Gate’s 6,450-ft. The bridge was constructed to tie the campus at California State University to a business and residential community on the east side of the American River.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
I got off to a late start Friday morning but met up w/EVASOMA & buddy Christine for nice walk in the cool morning! YEAH!! That's the ticket.
We missed K-GECKO on this walk (hey some people have to go to work in the morning) . Since we were missing our SP buddy, we hooted and hollered for her when we walked by the reptile house at the zoo! K- could you hear us??? We can't wait to connect with you in the future, and tell you about the two chickens (or was that roosters) we met along our walk. We've decided that they are escapee's from Fair Oaks Village Park. Ha!
Unfortunately AEVERS1987 wasn't able to make it out this Friday, but we are hopeful that we'll all meet up soon!
Chickens in Land Park! What's next???
Saturday, August 01, 2009
A friend and I made it to San Francisco Thursday to see a wonderful presentation of 130+ artifacts and treasures from the tombs of King Tut and his ancestors.
I saw the King Tut exhibit in the '70s in Washington DC; so I had prepared myself for intolerably long lines, limited views of the actual artifacts, and incredibly crowded exhibit rooms. I however, was pleasantly surprised! We got to the museum at 2pm, were able to purchase tickets ($27.50) for the 2:30 group, grabbed a quick salad in the cafe, and back in line in time to proceed with our group; picked up the audio tour ($7) and then we entered the exhibit as though we were entering a Pharaoh's tomb - an exhibit staging which I enjoyed and believed was important to respecting these funerary items.
The artistry and detail of these beautiful artifacts was amazing and truly highlighted by the fabulous canopic jars (for King Tut's liver) and the beautiful inlaid pectoral spelling out the name of the King made of gold and semiprecious stones. A few of my favorite pieces was the ebony & ivory child's chair with footrest he may have used as a boy and a dog collar. Since I'm also interested in genealogy, I enjoyed the genealogical information, graphics and family artifacts that were also included in this exhibit.
Great artifacts, wonderful explanations. Definitely get the audio tour as it really enhances the experiece. There were occasional crowds around certain artifacts, so be patient as it may take a few minutes to view each of the artifacts, but totally worth the wait.
PS: I found out Costco is selling the King Tut exhibit tickets WITH audio tour for ONLY $26.99, EACH. This is great deal and wish I had known about it!
PSS: I bought a King Tut goodie to give to the next new Spark Person that joins me and other Sacramento Sparkies on a walk.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'm happy to report that AEVERS1987, her boyfriend & I met up at the Guy West Bridge along University Avenue at 7:45PM and went for an evening walk along the American River to Howe Avenue parkway entrance. The cool delta breeze and orange-lavender sunset during the walk was fantastically delicious. It's something that you have to just experience to appreciate; words don't give it justice.
Everyone we met along the parkway were cool, from the guys fishing from the bridge, to the mountain bikers, and joggers and of course other walkers like us! We all loved it and will be doing it again next Wednesday evening and hope others will be able to join us.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This morning a friend and I were out on the American River Parkway to meet up with Chris Lewis, Manager of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery, at the Soil Born Farms 'American River Ranch' site within the Goethe reach of the Parkway. Chris gave us a tour of the native plant nursery, and donated 13 native plants for the Native Plant Demo-Garden at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.
The American River Ranch urban farm site along the river is simply awesome! If you've never been this urban agricultural project site is a must see and visit. I've provided some info below about both Elderberry Farms & Soil Born Farms.
SOIL BORN FARMS
The mission of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education project is to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community.
Based out of two urban farms (Hurly Way Farm & American River Ranch) and local school sites, their programs focus on promoting health and experiential learning opportunities for youth, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all residents and modeling land and environmental stewardship.
The American River Ranch (www.soilborn.org/am_river_ranch.html)
The site is permanent home of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project. On Saturdays 8:30 am -2:30 pm you can visit the 'ranch' to enjoy country experience in the city and stop by the Farm Stand to purchase fresh seasonal, local organic produce.
ELDERBERY FARMS NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
The mission of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery is to promote awareness of the benefits of native plant habitat, encourage community involvement, and
provide a source of local native plants for restoration projects as well as gardeners.
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