The Bugs Were More Interesting Today, 10-15-18

DAY 10 OF MY VACATION.  I got up around 6:30 this morning, expecting to meet with an on-line friend, Dee, at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Dee had to cancel at the last minute because her dog got skunked, but I decided to go to the hatchery for a walk anyway. There wasn’t much of anything […]

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Vacation Day #1: American River Bend Park

DAY ONE OF MY FALL VACATION. I got up around 6:15 this morning and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk. I hadn’t been over there for a while, and was kind of surprised to see that much of the tall dry grass in the park had been mowed down, and […]

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National Public Lands Day, 09-30-17

It’s National Public Lands Day! And by coincidence, I got my lifetime “Senior Pass” to all of the national monuments and public lands in the mail today.  The passes are going up in cost to about $80… but I ordered mine before the price hike so it only cost me $10.  Such a deal! I […]

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Wildflower Hunting, 04-15-17

On saturday I was up at 6:15 am and out the door by 6:30.  The weather was gorgeous today; sunny and cool (49º when I headed out for my hillside trek and 68º when I got back home.)  I headed out looking for wildflower displays today, taking I5 to the spot where Highways 20 and 16 […]

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Gall City at the American River, 08-07-16

I got up around 6 o’clock this morning and went over to the American River Bend Park for my walk.  I was looking for summer galls and found ‘em, so my trip was fruitful. I found Red and White Cone galls, Spiny Turbans, Yellow Wig galls, Spangle galls, ash tree galls, willow galls, Woolybear galls, […]

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Vacation Day 4: American River Bend Park

Vacation Day Four.  I got up around 6:30 this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk..  It was in the 60’s (around 63° by the afternoon) and partly cloudy all day. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at the park; just wanted a long nature walk.  But I […]

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Mostly Butterflies as Things Grow and Bloom, 03-26-16

Up at 6:30 am.  I headed over to the American River Bend Park for my walk this morning.  It was chilly, about 48°, but clear. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular and just wanted the fresh air and exercise.  Still, I came across mule deer, wild turkeys, and jackrabbits.  I found some Red Admiral […]

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Everything is Getting Ready for Spring in the Forest

I got up around 6:30 again this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  It was in the high 40’s and hazy while I was there, but warmed up to almost 70° by the afternoon. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just wanted a nature walk, and I […]

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“Raptors by Boat” Tour

Around 10 o’clock I headed off to Lodi for the Sandhill Crane Festival “Raptors by Boat” excursion.  Because I’d never been there before I wasn’t sure how long the trip would really take or if I’d be able to find the place, so I gave myself a little less than 2 hours: 1 hour for […]

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Critters at the Park and a Figeater at the House

I slept really well last night and got up around 6:00 am.  I headed out to the American River Bend Park.  I’m still feeling a little bit of the vertigo, but only if I move too quickly – and I felt I needed to get outside and moving. It was in the 60’s when I […]

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A Few New Galls

I was out the door before 6:00 and heading over to the American River Bend Park.  There were signs all over the place saying “Alcohol Prohibited July 11th” but without a reason given.  I guess they were having some kind of race there or something.  Parts of the bike trail were supposedly closed off, but […]

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Vacation Day 10: At the River Bend Park

Day Ten of my Vacation.  I got up about 6:30 am and was out the door around 7:00 to head out to the American River Bend Park for a walk.  It was chilly (about 38°) when I got there, and was up about 61° by the time I headed home.  Surprisingly, I was able to […]

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