3 Reasons for Rail Trails in the California Delta

Let's repurpose rail infrastructure in the California Delta to provide recreation for all.

Let’s repurpose rail infrastructure in the California Delta to provide recreation for all.

Download the free PDF “A Cycling Adventure: Central Otago Rail Trail with Delta Feature” from http://www.onyourradarmediaco.com or from the side bar on this blog.

1. Rail trails are a cool way to repurpose retired rail lines or to repurpose ample easements associated with railroads. We as the public have already paid for the right of way. These rail lines are never very steep. They are popular for walking and cycling and great for people of all ages and fitness levels.

2. Rail trails can be engines for economic development. With AirBnB, it is easy to develop lodging in a region. Plus there are a large number of duck clubs who could offer places to stay for cyclists, as they did in Colusa County when the number of bird watchers started descending in late winter/early spring.

3. Rail trails provide a safe dedicated route for walkers and bikers to enjoy the Delta without crowding the existing two lane roads. Some residents of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, also known as the California Delta, complain about cyclists on the River Road. This will provide cyclists and walkers a place to safely enjoy these activities.

Download the free PDF and be sure to check out page 12.

Scavenger Hunt Game Card a Fun Way to Explore Midtown Sacramento

This bike rack is not part of the scavenger hunt.

This bike rack is not part of the scavenger hunt.

There is a new, fun activity your group or family can play in Midtown Sacramento. Download and print the game card–one per team–and then set a time for your group to start the game.

If your teams are on foot, then you might want to provide 3-4 hours to find the bike racks. If your teams are on bicycles, then you can set the time limit between 1-2 hours. Each team uses one smart phone to collect photographs with team members next to all 12 bike racks.

Reconvene at one of the many restaurants, coffee places or pubs in Midtown and tally the number of bike racks found by each team. If you need a tiebreaker, there are multiple bike racks at #4, #6, and #7 and teams can earn extra points for each of the extra racks.

Post your photos on social media with the hashtag #SacBikeRackHunt.

Clues: The bike racks created by artist Gina Rossi often relate to the type of business where it is placed.

1.  What type of professional sells homes?

2. This rack is the furthest to the East.

3. This clever rack is a needle and thread.

4. Think drinks.

5. This rack is made of retired railroad parts near a retired railway.

6. These identical racks are at least a block apart.

7. These bike racks line the sidewalk of this block chock full of restaurants.

8. Think Bianchi bicycles, think Italian.

9. This Asian dragon guards a sushi place.

10. I cannot figure out what this hammer has to do with anything except it is cool.

11. Whisk up some ice cream sandwiches.

12. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with some south of the border food.

Midtown Artist Creates Bike Rack Buzz

Gina Rossi is a midtown Sacramento artists who works with metal and glass, especially found objects. She created the first bike rack for the 21 10 Gallery on Del Paso Boulevard. Fast forward to 2015 and Gina’s bike racks are so popular that no self respecting restaurateur will open without an iconic bike rack to help put them on the map. It is the perfect way to celebrate cycling and public art.

Gina working on a metal sculpture in her studio.

Gina working on a metal sculpture in her studio.

Gina works in her welding shop and studio on 20th Street. She also works part time as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente. Her passion is creating sculptures including the functional bike racks around Sacramento.

Gina is iron woman in her metal workshop.

Gina is iron woman in her metal workshop.

She also teaches welding from her studio. Contact Gina Rossi for more information about sculptures or classes.

Gina Rossi's studio

Coming soon: a Scavenger Hunt game card to find 12 Midtown bike racks.

New Website Aids Exploration of Delta State Parks

The Parks Forward Commission has collaborated with others to create a new app, caliparks.org, that allows you to find parks, trails and other recreation opportunities near you within California.

Caliparks.org screenshot of homepage

Caliparks.org screenshot of homepage

When I clicked through to State Parks and typed Walnut Grove, CA into the search bar, 4 nearby parks came up:

  • Stone Lakes
  • Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge
  • Franks Tract State Recreation Area
  • Brannan Island State Recreation Area.

In addition the application allows you to locate camping sites, mountain bike trails, dog walking opportunities, and beaches.

Great Night Out at Rivercats Baseball Game

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The other Delta baseball team is the Double A Stockton Ports.

Originally posted on Adventures of American Julie:

The sun sets at River Cats Ballpark in West Sacramento. The golden Tower Bridge is in the middle distance. The sun sets at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The golden Tower Bridge is in the middle distance.

You do not have to be a big fan of the game of baseball to enjoy an evening at a good ballpark. The River Cats’ baseball stadium in West Sacramento is just such a park. Raley Field is across Tower Bridge on the Sacramento River just minutes from downtown Sacramento.

The River Cats just switched affiliations from the Oakland As to the San Francisco Giants. The Sacramento River Cats are a Triple-A club in the Pacific North league. They have been playing at Raley Field since 2000. Tickets are affordable, ranging from $10 to $65 apiece. Food prices are similar to going to the theater and a little less expensive than a Major League game.

Baseball games are as much about the food and the small traditions as the at bats and defensive plays…

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Eat Your Way Through Asparagus Festival

Asparagus logoThe annual San Joaquin Asparagus Festival will be held in Stockton April 17, 18 & 19, 2015.  There is a full line-up of entertainment with a hypnotist on Sunday, Country music on Saturday headlined by John Michael Montgomery and Classic Rock on Sunday with Led Zeppelin 2.

Every imaginable kind of asparagus dish will be on offer. All to celebrate the classic Delta crop grown on Victoria Island and elsewhere in California. There is something for almost everyone from a car show to a health and wellness fair along with other entertainment.

It is affordable family entertainment: $10 per adult; $5 for children; and $7 per senior or teen. Parking is just $5 per carload.

Bats Await in the Yolo Bypass

Recently a group met in West Sacramento to discuss the Yolo Bypass. An interloper joined the meeting and caused a brief distraction. Jacob Katz caught this Mexican free-tailed bat  in his hat and introduced us before releasing outside.

TThese delicate creatures are an important member of our ecosystem in the Yolo Bypass. Learn more and support the Yolo Basin Foundation in their 25th year of educational programming.

These delicate creatures are an important member of our ecosystem in the Yolo Bypass. Learn more and support the Yolo Basin Foundation in their 25th year of educational programming.

Robin Kulakow from the Yolo Basin Foundation was unflapped. Her organization sponsors educational programs and bat walks in the Yolo Bypass. If you are interested in a bat talk and walk, check out their events at http://www.yolobasin.org.