See The Sacramento River ... By Car

See The Sacramento River ... By Car For people traveling by car (or bicycle or motorcycle), this blog is a guide to the Sacramento River.

Web Site: http://sactoriver.blogspot.com/


King Birthday, King Tide: No Connection

Monday, January 19th, is the day Americans commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. That same day a king tide will wash against the California coast.  A king tide is an especially high tide event that has nothing to do with Dr...

Why Did the Egret Cross the Road?

Why Did the Egret Cross the Road?

(I wrote this post for another blog, now defunct.  It is re-published here because it relates, in ways no matter how distant, to the Sacramento Valley.)


On a drive into a wildlife refuge, I was stopped by an egret doing road patrol. While waiting for the bird to move on, I pondered this time-honored question:...

"The 2015 Drought – So Far," from the California WaterBlog

It's a problem of NEW and TMI--not enough water and too much information.  That is, we're still in a drought, and there's a lot of information on it, but it's hard, for me anyway, to keep track of the various pieces and pages of news about our wat...

Rock Art at Watt Avenue, American River

Rock Art at Watt Avenue, American River

Not far from where I live in Sacramento, Watt Avenue crosses the American River at a busy place.  At river level are fishing access, boat launch, raft takeout, and a bike trail, to name the most obvious offerings.Also there is a gravel bar where a...

Sunrise at the Bass Pond, American River

Sunrise at the Bass Pond, American River

Although this blog is mainly about the Sacramento River, I actually live closer to another great river, the American.  On that river is a place that old maps call the Bass Pond or the Bass Lagoon, at the east end of Sacramento's Arden Way.  I...

Meridian

Meridian


The concrete block in the center of the photo is a horse dismount stand,
also called a mounting block.  The camera angle does not show the steps on the back of the mounting block.  On either side is a hitching post. The top step is narrow and tricky to stand...

The Faith of Our Neighbors

The Faith of Our Neighbors


Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.

“Faith of Our Fathers,” Frederick W. Faber


The word xenophobia–“fear of strangers; people who are different”–is not commonly used.  In its place we use racism, bigotry, intolerance.  No matter how...

Good Article about the Delta

If you have a few minutes to spare, here's a link to a very good article about the delta.  The article covers three topics: one, the impressive size of the Bogle winery operation; two, the delta as flood plain; and, three, problems of the Bay Delt...

Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes


Feral pigs find it easier to go sightseeing in the Sutter Buttes than you or I would.  Several hundred feral pigs roam the buttes, and they know nothing of property

Sutter Buttes, as seen from Interstate 5, on a winter day
lines or trespass.  We humans, however, are bound...

Another Sign of the Times?

Another Sign of the Times?

Photographed from Pass Road in Sutter County:This particular sign looks homemade, but you can buy a professionally made version on line by searching for the quote.  Some even come complete with bullet holes.***

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