Sunday, April 25, 2010

American River

With temps in the 80's this weekend, the kids and I made a trip down to the American River to do a little hiking. Jake, Abbey and the dog all wound up in the water, but with the water temp just above freezing, any serious swimming will have to wait.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake

So I didn't do much this weekend, the weather was crappy on Sunday and I worked on the car Saturday. We did go out to Lake Oroville on my birthday, and I took a few pictures while we were there.

This was kinda cool. The Bidwell Bar Bridge which was the first steel suspension bridge in California. It used to span the Feather River. It has since been relocated to this site above the lake. It would have been cover over by Lake Oroville if it had remained where it originally was built.

Looking out over Lake Oroville from the parking lot.

Looking at the Lake Oroville Marina from the parking lot.

There is a museum at the lake that talks about the Indians that lived along the Feather river, and it also show the construction of the Dam that created Lake Oroville. The museum has a 70ft tall observation tower attached to it that is easily accessible.

These pictures are taken from the observation tower and look out over the lake.

And this picture is of the Sutter Buttes. The smallest mountain range in the world and located in Northern California.

As you can see it was a rather cloudy day on my birthday.

Some deer on the way out of the lake.

The previous day, I took a ride out to Folsom Lake and drove around the lake.
This is Dyke 8 which is off Green Valley Rode, and as you can see the water is still quite low.

The South Fork of the American River as it flows down from Salmon Falls Bridge toward Folsom Lake.

Salmon Falls Bridge.

So that brings us up to speed. I guess I'll need to do something exciting this coming weekend!

Have a great week!