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Tutankhamun & Golden Age of the Pharaohs @ deYoung in SanFran: WOW!

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.

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AEVERS1987 8/4/2009 9:51PM

    wow that is so cool! I love doing that type of stuff :) looks like u had fun!

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K-GECKO 8/1/2009 10:03PM

    I'm a little jealous! I'm interested in going, but have neither the funds or the time--One of these years I will go!!!! I'm glad you had a good time though!

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SHASTA11 8/1/2009 6:05PM

    Thank you for telling us about your trip. I will try and see it next year.

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MISS_VIV 8/1/2009 10:52AM

    What a great incentive for a newbie to walk with the Sacramento Sparkies.
I just hope it isn't an ivory ear. hahahahah

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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 :)

Comment edited on: 8/1/2009 1:06:15 AM

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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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