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Evening walk along American River @ CSUS

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.

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MEISERICA 8/1/2009 1:05AM

    sounds like a nice walk... i went to school there and never took a walk, only from my classes back to my car! HAHA

i'd like to join you all one day! that would be nice :) maybe i can get SACGIRL to come along as well :)

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SACTOKAREN 7/30/2009 2:39PM

    My BF and I jog and bike ride a bit farther down the bike trail near River Bend Park (formerly Goethe Park.) It is beautiful and everyone is so nice.

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AEVERS1987 7/30/2009 3:04AM

    Yes it was a great walking experience and it would be wonderful to get a group going :)

I still don't understand why the guy just didn't through the fish back?

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American River Parkway visit

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.




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.


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.


Walking at Cosumnes River Preserve

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yesterday morning several SacValley California Native Plant Society folks (myself included) met with Kathy Brown, Acting Preserve Manager, at the Cosumnes River Preserve to get tour of the three native plant gardens at the preserve and offer suggestions for updated native plant selection for fall garden improvements.

I am so glad that I took the time to drive down to the preserve. Not only did I meet up with some wonderful, talented and thoughtful people that morning, I was also able to take in a beautiful walk at the preserve. After the walk we finished up at the canoe/raft launch along Middle Slough, sat down, dangled our feet in the water and watched the butterflies, birds (including a harrier!) and squirrels do their thing along this slow moving slough.

I truly regret not bringing my digital camera with me. BUT I've decided I'm going to schedule a walk out there w/my Spark Peeps this August -and you bet I'm bringing a camera to get some photos of us enjoying ourselves.

Below is some additional info about the preserve. Be sure and stay tuned for announcement about walk at the preserve in August.


Lost Slough Wetlands Walk

A one+ mile, universally accessible trail offers visitors an up-close experience into lush marshes, wetland plants, water birds, insects, and amphibians. There is also a wooden boardwalk, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, which can be accessed along the Wetlands Walk. The boardwalk meanders into the restored marshes of Lost Slough (located across Franklin Blvd. from the Visitor Center) and was built during the winter of 1994.

Cosumnes River Walk Trail

The Cosumnes River Walk trail is a 3-mile round-trip trail, accessible from the bridge just north of the Visitor Center.

The Nature Conservancy first opened the trail to the public in 1987. It is located primarily on raised levees that wind through a variety of habitats, including buttonbush thickets, native grasslands, valley oak riparian forest along the Cosumnes River, cottonwood/willow riparian forest, tule marsh, valley oak savannah and several restoration projects – including the oldest riparian restoration planting (planted winter '87-'88) and about 30 acres of restored seasonal marsh.

Due to the rough nature of the terrain, the trail is not universally accessible. In addition, during the winter months, the natural flood cycle often results in complete inundation of the trail by floodwaters. However, most of the year the trail is open, from sunrise to sunset, to anyone who cares to use it.

The Cosumnes River Preserve’s Trail Brochure is available online
or you may pick up a copy at the Visitor Center.

For more info about the Cosumnes River Preserve visit: www.cosumnes.org

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MISS_VIV 7/25/2009 10:05AM

    What fun, that would have been a truly educational trip worth making, and to see all that nature affords us so close to home. I am AMAZED that you didn't take your camera to grab some of the rare shots. Will be watching for the August walk and hope our beautiful weather (this past week below 100) holds.

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103 °F today, walked @ Land Park & did not die...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Well sports fans, despite the 103 *°F heat in Sacramento, I decided to head down to Land Park for evening walk. I put my tennis shoes on, tied my red lace on my shoe, put on my garden hat and started to head out the door. My hubby was amazed that I was going to go, and asked if he could join us -I said of course; so off we went.

I checked my spark mail before I headed out, and got message from K-GECKO that she was heading home after work cuz of the temp, but had no such message from EVASOMA so we left for the park. Boy was it hot and no breeze what so ever! And there were hardly any people there either! At 5pm we started our stretched and decided that we'd wait until 5:30pm; but no Sparkies... So hubby and I left for the walk and survived - LOL!! I've already had 5 cups of water and now I'm jumping in the pool!

Ta-ta for now.

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MISS_VIV 7/18/2009 2:40PM

    For lack of any motivation to run across down in my skivies, in the 5 p.m. commute, I spread myself out on the living room floor and took a snooze. Too dang hot for going anywhere. I am glad your hubby went with you. I would have been concerned for you if you had not had company.

Thanks Hubby

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FRANCLYN 7/17/2009 11:44PM

    Great Job! Glad it didn't stop you. Fortunately so much of Land Park is shady. My daughter's cross country team does their conditioning workouts there quite often and practices there for much of their in season work. If you see approx. 80 teenagers following a salt and pepper haired man doing strange strides some evening...

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MISHA1231 7/17/2009 11:26PM

    That's great! I have been hiding inside away from the heat. You go girl!

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Giant zucchini, my cactus thing & new pet iguana

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GIANT ZUCCHINI. Things have been busy for me the last few days. So busy that I hadn't made it out to my vegie garden in a couple of days; so I got up early this morning to harvest, weed & water and low and behold my garden has been overrun with giant zucchini!!! You know the size of baseball bats! (well almost ...) So I tell you what folks, we will be eating zucchini this week and probably all summer at the rate they are growing. Sooooooo, PLEASE send me your favorite zucchini recipes if you've got the time.

MY CACTUS THING. My dad & I were born in Arizona and I've always had a fascination for cactus and related plants that can survive the extremes of the southwest desert. Cactus are so prickly on the outside, but often sweet and tender on the inside and during the spring, they have the most beautiful blossoms. I had a Jewish friend who used to call me 'Sabra', which in Hebrew can mean 'thorny cactus fruit' and 'rest'. My friend thought I tended to be a little tough and thorny on the outside, but nice or 'sweet' once folks got to know me. I didn't mind the analogy, cuz I can be a bit prickly at times. So I have a thing for cactus because they remind me of my home state, Arizona, and myself -at times.

IGUANAS ... So, my cactus have out grown their pots and I decided to head over to Panama Pottery on 24th street to support my favorite potters and pick up some new pots for my baby cactus. However, I ended up coming home with an Iquana!! and pots! My new Spark Peep on the Land Park walk have had me thinking about various reptiles -so I took this as my first step to having a "pet" reptile/iguana; albeit a ceramic one.

STILL AVOIDING EXERCISE. I'm such a weenie. I skipped my exercise yesterday cuz I had a court & medical appointment yesterday to attend to; and want to count battling with my zucchini this morning as exercise (I did actually sweat while I was hula-hoeing the weeds in my vegie patch). But, I need to get to the gym tonight. OK. Gotta go to the gym.

Ciao for now.

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MISHA1231 7/17/2009 1:31PM

    I would love to have my own veggie garden! Living in a condo makes that hard. When I was living at home we would get those big zucchini and we would cut them in half length wise, clean out the seed area and stuff them with a mixture of ground turkey, diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced bell pepper, cooked rice, season them up with salt, pepper and garlic powder, bake in the oven at 350 until the meat is done then top with some Parmesan cheese and have a feast!

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ARIAVIDYA 7/16/2009 7:42PM

    How about making your own home made Blueberry Zucchini Bread? Moist and full of flavor

It takes 15 Min to prep and 50 Min to cook and about an half hour to cool off.

yield 4 mini-loaves or 2 larger loafs
12 Servings

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (or 1/2 cup of applesauce + 1/2 cup oil for healthier version).
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar (I know it is a lot but hubby likes it sweet but you can use less)
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour (all purpose tastes better but whole wheat is healthier.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blueberries or frozen blueberries taste just as good!
You can add flaxseed for extra health boost or other good stuff like raisins etc. This is a basic recipe so you can add as much as you want but I keep it basic to keep calories lower.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 4 mini or 2 normal loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared loaf pans.
Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely and cover with plastic wrap. You can keep it in the fridge for a week without losing its taste.

I also love cactus. Did you know that the flat cactus without thorns are medicinal? If I had a swollen painful knee, I would put the flesh of the cactus on it and it would completely take a way the swelling. they also have beautiful flowers. Didn't find those here yet though

Enjoy your zucchini's!!! emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 7/15/2009 11:02PM

    well, there is a potluck in Olivehurst this week, so bring something zucchini-ish!
I like cactus too, and am thinking about creating a cactus "pizza" That is a bunch of cactus in a shallow round dish. I already have the pot, I just need a few more cacti for it.

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VICUNJA 7/15/2009 7:37AM

    Ooooh, I LOVE Zucchini. Used to have them all the time when I lived in Italy. Not so much here. They're very dear at the supermarket. Could grow them myself, but... well, actually, maybe I will - next year. Last year I grew ONE pumpkin. Wasn't ready till well after Halloween and I never did anything with it, either. But it was pretty.

My granddad had a green house with nothing but cacti. He was a collector of the prickly sort.

Have fun at the gym and enjoy the Iguana.


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GETDONE 7/15/2009 12:48AM

    How wonderful to have a zucchini plant. I have a hard time growing things here in my home. I must just work the soil a few years, I guess.

Congrats on the walking and exercise routine you have worked out. Keep up the good work.

I live near 80 & Madison and could use a buddy to walk with. emoticon

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