Even though I had visited the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Peninsula Campground on many occasions, I had never really hiked the established trail system at this park site until December of 2014. The trails at the Peninsula Campground are nice and wide and easily accommodate hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Developed either from old […]
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If you’ve ever served on any committee you know that the topics of conversation can veer off course to peripheral discussions. At the last San Juan Water District Drought Committee meeting one of the participants threw out for discussion the possibility of San Juan Water District building their own dam for water storage. While the […]
With Gov. Brown declaring California is in an official drought, some water districts in Northern California must now get serious about making their customers conserve water. At least one water district rewards consumers for higher consumption with lower rates. With cheap water, where is the incentive to conserve?
History may be posing a greater threat to the integrity of Folsom Dam than the terrorists. Recent road widening projects and dam improvements have uncovered several gold mining tunnels and shafts precariously close to the dykes which could comprise Folsom Dam. In attempt to safely probe the depths of a mine shaft between dykes 4 and 5, the Bureau of Reclamation pumped several thousand gallons into a large pit on top of the ridge this past August, 2013.
South of Horseshoe bar you will come upon what is referred to as the NFD viaduct. This is an impressive structure built to conduct the water over a small ravine. Easily 15 feet tall and 40 feet in length, large granite blocks were carefully stacked to create what looks like a dam.
It was perhaps the first publicly finance railroad in California. Unfortunately, the Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad was cut short by an even larger publicly financed railroad know as the Central Pacific. (Click on the photos to enlarge, full gallery of images at end of post.) Iron horse for commerce As soon as the Sacramento Valley Railroad […]
I had no idea that I was on the fore front of the Mediterranean healthy food diet when I decided to cure some olives from an abandoned orchard near my house.
All of this increased mountain bike activity is destroying the trails around Folsom Lake in Granite Bay.
The autumnal sun drops low in the horizon and lights up the lichen and moss covering the tree trunks and branches.
The new Rose Spring Ditch wound around the hill sides of the current Folsom Lake Estates and required two siphons.