Now On-line: California Delta Tourism Website

The Delta Marketing Taskforce has quietly been working away behind the scenes to develop a 5 year strategy and build a website that promotes California Delta Tourism. As someone who remembers the battle over the logo a few years ago, I find this remarkable. It is a beautiful site.

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On places to eat there are over 40 restaurants. Other sections are yet to be filled out. It is a promising start. Check it out.

Batty for Bats on the Bypass!

The Yolo Basin Foundation released the new dates for Bat Walks and Talks on the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. You must buy tickets in advance and the dates can fill up fast. If you want to see this fascinating phenomenon of the bats flying out from underneath the Yolo Causeway to feast on night insects, and learn how bats benefit us, then sign up now. $12 per adult

From the website: Following a 45 minute indoor presentation on bat natural history, the group will carpool out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch the “flyout” of the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California. The bats emerge in long ribbons as they head out to hunt for insects for the night. To get to the viewing site, the group will caravan through wetlands and rice fields to an area not open to the public.

The whole experience takes about 3 hours. This is a family friendly event! There is a small amount of walking. Those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats by car. Please let us know if you have special needs.

Golden One Center Opens

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The Golden One Center is ready for events and for the NBA season. This large construction project is completed on time and on budget (cost increases were at owner’s request and expense–not the City’s). It is still surrounded by construction sites for other buildings, yet this weekend it will open for it’s maiden concert with Sir Paul McCartney.

The Sacramento Bee offered some helpful advice on getting to the Center by car: reserve a parking spot in advance in a downtown garage at reserve.sacpark.org. I highly recommend this because the available street parking is of short duration and now extends to 10 p.m. So if you arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a concert and park in a one hour spot, you will have a ticket by 6:31 p.m. It is much cheaper to pay for a garage spot than a $58 parking ticket!

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The Golden One Center is designed so most seats are between the boxes and the floor.

For the McCartney concerts the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates are offering valet bike parking at Cesar Chavez park (and they’ll stow your helmets and backpacks, which are not allowed in the Center).

YoloBus is offering free shuttle rides to the arena from the West Sacramento transit center on West Capitol Avenue from City Hall. Sacramento Light Rail will drop you within a block of the Center and you can park and ride from many locations.

The most relaxed way to enjoy an event is stay at one of the hotels within walking distance. Depending on your mobility, the Holiday Inn Sacramento, and the Citizen’s Hotel. There are many more closer to the Capitol about 7-10 blocks away. Finding places to eat near the Golden One Center is also easy.

I am not a basketball fan and I rarely go to concerts in large venues, nonetheless, I hope the downtown arena delivers on its promise to revitalize K Street.

Mural Walk in Sacramento

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Michelle Blade, 1300 21st Street

The Sacramento Mural Festival provided much interest and entertainment for the week in August when artists worked on the 11 murals throughout downtown and midtown. The best thing about the Sacramento Mural Festival is that it beautifies Sacramento for many years and you can still use their map as an art scavenger hunt.

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David Fiveash, 1025 R Street

I spent 3.5 happy hours on Friday afternoon pedaling to all of the locations on my bike including a lunch stop at Crest Cafe. I am writing a two-part longer blog on http://americanjulie.com and breaking it into zones if you do not have a half day or longer to pedal or walk to see all of the murals.

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Add Fuel, 1108 R Street

Some of the artists drew the short straw with the walls available. Jake Castro not only is on the back of the Crest Theater but his alley workspace is jammed with dumpsters. It must have been aromatic in August! Presented by the Friends of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, I hope it becomes an annual tradition. Art on exterior walls fits with the other public art in downtown and midtown Sacramento. (Reminder: the Bicycle Rack Scavenger Hunt game card is still available as a free download on this website.)

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Drew Merritt, 2020 J Street (behind building in alley)

The winners are the people of Sacramento and visitors who will find some of the murals sneak up on them to their surprise and delight.

Poets in the Park and Ice Cream Too!

20160826_153712There have been several features in travel magazines about the Poet Laureate Park in the space between the Natomas Library and Community Center. The poets featured include many Sacramento poet laureates (who knew we had such?). The artist Troy Corliss created these poems in metal art calling them, “Poet’s Path: Circle of Laureates.” (2015)

20160826_153527There are other things to entice a family to seek out this park. Besides the library, there are two playgrounds, a picnic area, a green with a fitness track, and a rose garden.

20160826_153059It is much like McKinley Park in East Sacramento. I have never explored Natomas except to go North on Truxel toward the basketball arena. Instead turn south and find this lovely collection of public delights.

20160826_153015Saving the best for last: after a stroll through the park in the summer heat I was ready to google “nearest ice cream” when I spied Ms. T’s Good to Go Cafe. I ordered a handmade ice cream sandwich. I chose the just baked chocolate chip cookies and took my sandwich to a cafe table in the courtyard. Yum! Yum! It is worth a stop all on its own.

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Go See the Baby Giraffe Before He Grows UP!

The latest edition to the Sacramento Zoo tower of giraffes is a baby boy Masai giraffe. He was born on April 11, 2016 and is growing up quickly. Today was the first day we could get there and we decided to go early to beat the heat. The zoo opens at 9:00 a.m. on weekdays.

IMG_0372My daughter is expecting my first grandchild so I bought a family membership to save money and support the zoo. At this hour the animals are eating, often behind the main exhibit. By the time we finished touring around we could see the lions sunning themselves and other animals a bit more active.

IMG_0366Of course the baby giraffe was the main draw and he was dining on leaves (and going poop at top). The second photo shows a size comparison with a young adult giraffe. The video below shows the little prince just a few days after his birthday.

 

 

 

Finding Sunflowers in Yolo County

Do you love fields of sunflowers to photograph or to admire? Well you are sure to find satisfaction on your Sunday drive if you first consult the blog at VisitYolo.com. They update the Yolo Sunflower Map weekly.

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If you see fields that are not listed, contact them so they can share your sightings with other sunflower enthusiasts.

VisitYolo’s website has a wealth of information about the attractions of places in Yolo including Winters, Davis and Woodland.