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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Original Heart Atop Castle Peak

I've come across several things in nature that have definite heart shapes like rocks, tree bark and flowers but I've never seen anything quite so close to the embodiment of the heart shape as these little plants. They were scattered along the trail up to Castle Peak, which we bagged yesterday.



Castle Peak is one of the most mellow summits you can attempt in the Tahoe region.   It's about 6 miles round trip with a total of 1,300' vertical.  The views from the top of the 9,100' craggy top were amazing and well worth the effort to get there.










This was a fun and relatively easy hike which we were able to do in about 4 hours.  I highly recommend hiking poles as the going gets pretty steep near the top.  The trail head is on the north side of Highway 80 at the Boreal exit.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pending in 4 days!!! 4845 Bullard Drive Shingle Springs, CA


Pacific Rim Street Festival, Old Town Sacramento

I should have written about my plans for last weekend earlier but I had no idea that I would want to share it with my readers until it was too late. A group of close friends decided that we would put a couple of casual bike rides on the calendar for the summer months. Last Sunday was the first with a ride along the American River Bike Trail.

We decided to start at the underpass of Howe Avenue on La Riviera Drive and ride to the Pacific Rim Street Festival in Old Town Sacramento,http://www.pacificrimstreetfest.com/ .  We gathered at 11:00 and rode about 11 miles to the festival.  We crossed the Guy West Bridge, (at Sac State) which takes you from the south side of the American River to the north side and rode passed the Campus Commons Golf Course and under the Capital City Freeway.  You may even get lucky enough to ride under the railroad bridge while a train is crossing overhead!  When we arrived in Discovery Park, we took the Jibboom St. bridge through Tiscornia Park into Old Town.

We arrived just in time to get lunch at one of the many street vendors serving up delicious plates.  I opted for the chicken rice bowl from Fats.  After we ate, we strolled around to the many venues to watch performances by dancers, musicians and martial arts students.  I think my favorite was the hula dancers, but I know that one of my best friends enjoyed the drummers, thus earning the nickname "drum nut".



 After a well earned ice cream cone at Gunther's, we decided to head back.  Luckily, the wind was at our backs for the return trip.  Too late for this year, but not too late to plan to visit this fun event next year!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Silver Fork Trail

We had so much fun exploring the Caples Creek Trail last weekend, we decided to spend Mother's Day extending our understanding of the wilderness between the Silver Fork River and Caples Creek.  We began our hike in the same spot (roughly 9 miles from HWY 50 down Silver Fork Road), parking just before the road crosses the Fitch Rantz Bridge.  We started up the Caples Creek Trail, but turned right and crossed a foot bridge shortly after passing the confluence of the Caples creek and Silver Fork River.  By crossing the bridge, we were now in the area between the two watersheds.  The trail began to switch back up a pretty steep hillside and soon we were high above the Silver Fork River.  We came across a couple of patches of bamboo on the steep hillsides and are wondering who planted it.  Was it the Forest service trying to keep erosion down?

 
The views down to the Silver Fork River were incredible.  It descends through a steep rocky gorge creating massive waterfalls with a thunderous sound that echos off the canyon walls.  We continued to the crest meandering through an old Jeffrey pine forest.  We were surprised to find ourselves so close to Hwy 88 - just 3 miles.
 
 
Although the sign indicates that you can continue on to Forgotten Flat and Sherman Canyon Rd, you would have to cross the river, which I would not recommend, (at least at this time of year)!
 
We ended the day with a fantastic dinner at the Hey Day Café in Placerville on the way home.
I highly recommend the Hey Day Salad with chicken.
 
 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Caples Creek Trail

On Sunday morning we had to go to South Lake Tahoe to take care of some business. The 'business' took longer than we had planned so it cut into the recreation portion of our day. The weather wasn't all that great with thunder storms forecast, so hiking into the high country was not a great option. Instead, we opted for a lower altitude hike on the Caples Creek Trail.  

The trail follows the impressive Caples Creek through wonderful old growth fir trees for about 2 miles to the Government Meadow.


The wild flowers will be spectacular in about a month with snow plants already beginning to appear.


It's close, it's a moderate hike and it is a beautiful place with water, trees, flowers and birds.  What better way to spend an afternoon? 

To get there, take HWY 50 to Silver Fork.  Turn south on Silver Fork Road and go about 10 miles.  There is a newly improved parking area on the left, (before crossing the bridge).

Thursday, May 2, 2013

April 2013 Home Sales - Folsom, CA

400 Moon Cir #426 Folsom, CA 95630-4121  $    129,900.00
270 Market St Folsom, CA 95630-3108  $    165,000.00
500 Moon Cir #537 Folsom, CA 95630  $    179,900.00
120 Penaranda Dr Folsom, CA 95630-3340  $    180,000.00
885 Halidon Way #621 Folsom, CA 95630-8431  $    180,000.00
600 Moon Cir #627 Folsom, CA 95630-4126  $    196,000.00
118 Mckiernan Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2947  $    210,000.00
254 Montrose Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2763  $    239,000.00
327 Baird Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7918  $    245,000.00
101 Oneill Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2379  $    261,000.00
617 Willow Creek Dr Folsom, CA 95630-4856  $    270,500.00
100 Arbuckle Ave Folsom, CA 95630-5401  $    275,000.00
120 E Camberwell Way Folsom, CA 95630-8653  $    275,000.00
201 Rodin Ln Folsom, CA 95630-5624  $    285,000.00
101 Casselman St Folsom, CA 95630-5418  $    290,000.00
106 Ruth Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2722  $    300,000.00
127 rockbolt Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    300,000.00
122 Sutcliffe Cir Folsom, CA 95630-9507  $    305,000.00
1376 Hartley Way Folsom, CA 95630-8418  $    306,000.00
964 Rathbone Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8535  $    308,000.00
125 Larkin Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3231  $    310,000.00
152 Gilded Rock Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3276  $    316,000.00
146 Sutcliffe Cir Folsom, CA 95630-9503  $    329,000.00
106 Moylan Way Folsom, CA 95630-8648  $    330,000.00
2198 Palomino Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6170  $    337,000.00
141 Big Valley Rd Folsom, CA 95630-4649  $    347,000.00
102 Appel Folsom, CA 95630  $    348,000.00
102 Storms Ct Folsom, CA 95630-5430  $    349,000.00
569 Kilsyth Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6218  $    349,000.00
145 Barnhill Dr Folsom, CA 95630-8736  $    350,000.00
2237 Bruford Ct Folsom, CA 95630-8527  $    350,000.00
264 Barnhill Dr #28 Folsom, CA 95630-8735  $    351,082.00
119 Pepito Way Folsom, CA 95630-2340  $    355,000.00
580 Hildebrand Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6301  $    356,000.00
101 Paydirt Ct Folsom, CA 95630-5105  $    360,000.00
2164 Horseshoe Glen Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6296  $    363,000.00
166 Orange Blossom Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8101  $    363,075.00
432 Porter Rd Folsom, CA 95630-6174  $    365,000.00
111 Tetworth Way Folsom, CA 96530-8672  $    365,000.00
555 Heiler Way Folsom, CA 95630-6221  $    366,000.00
476 Slocum Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7953  $    368,000.00
161 Bittercreek Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2317  $    370,000.00
1332 Bugby Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    375,000.00
315 Katarina Ln Folsom, CA 95630-7197  $    395,000.00
108 Freese Ct Folsom, CA 95630-5400  $    397,000.00
2198 Stockman Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6234  $    400,000.00
474 Carlson Way Folsom, CA 95630-7931  $    401,000.00
400 Lone Spur Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6173  $    402,000.00
126 Rambling Dr Folsom, CA 95630-4641  $    409,000.00
709 Hillswick Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8472  $    410,000.00
1538 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    414,071.00
106 Spring Water Way Folsom, CA 95630-2075  $    416,000.00
829 BLUESTONE Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3519  $    420,000.00
335 TURNPIKE Dr Folsom, CA 95630-8091  $    420,000.00
277 Baurer Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6780  $    425,000.00
2009 Larkhall Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    425,000.00
121 Demurrage Way Folsom, CA 95630-8123  $    429,000.00
140 Oak Rock Cir Folsom, CA 95630-2031  $    432,000.00
182 Elkins Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    434,000.00
2160 Ritchie St Folsom, CA 95630-6310  $    436,000.00
744 Bluestone Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3513  $    443,000.00
1855 Stillwood Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6152  $    450,000.00
1172 Elderberry Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7659  $    450,500.00
9828 Blue Lake Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    460,000.00
114 Donaldson Way Folsom, CA 95630-5244  $    467,000.00
134 Briggs Ranch Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2278  $    470,000.00
108 Spring Water Way Folsom, CA 95630-2075  $    480,000.00
130 Biscayne Way Folsom, CA 95630-6756  $    480,000.00
109 Rock Canyon Ct Folsom, CA 95630-1834  $    500,000.00
109 Pradera Ct Folsom, CA 95630-4932  $    515,000.00
1796 Langholm Way Folsom, CA 95630-5318  $    515,000.00
481 Trowbridge Ln Folsom, CA 95630-6556  $    515,000.00
244 Cascade Falls Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1574  $    529,000.00
713 King Way Folsom, CA 95630-6903  $    540,000.00
1580 Broder Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7663  $    541,000.00
2096 Owl Meadow St Folsom, CA 95630-6260  $    550,000.00
110 Eveland Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2248  $    550,000.00
1113 Sandwick Way Folsom, CA 95630-6129  $    565,000.00
1194 Boxelder Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7669  $    588,000.00
299 AMERICAN RIVER CANYON Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7170  $    591,900.00
616 Henry St Folsom, CA 95630-7725  $    597,900.00
1912 Alexander Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6162  $    605,475.00
146 Tomlinson Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7402  $    610,000.00
105 Wolcot Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6503  $    635,000.00
1861 Penrose Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6159  $    649,000.00
815 Eagle Ridge Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6241  $    760,000.00
799 Heritage Pl Folsom, CA 95630-6242  $ 1,100,000.00
468 Rockport Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6791  $ 1,115,000.00

April 2013 Home Sales - El Dorado Hills, CA

2230 Valley View Pkwy #221 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5591  $    189,000.00
1587 Bonita Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    210,000.00
2230 Valley View Pkwy #927 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5598  $    240,000.00
1670 Loma Verde Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    290,000.00
3845 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4568  $    315,000.00
836 SHASTA Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4536  $    315,000.00
3825 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4568  $    315,000.00
7350 Grassy Creek Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5032  $    318,500.00
975 Olympic Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4527  $    320,000.00
2901 Tam O Shanter Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4238  $    333,000.00
3781 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4560  $    341,000.00
7052 Rushwood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5002  $    345,900.00
3782 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4556  $    355,000.00
953 Perkins Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4312  $    365,000.00
2853 BURNETT Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4331  $    380,000.00
3470 Patterson Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4403  $    388,000.00
1836 Carl Rd Rescue, CA 95672-9559  $    390,000.00
4048 Monte Verde Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5523  $    390,000.00
6075 Brogan Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5458  $    399,000.00
1699 Wyndham Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5369  $    400,000.00
907 Yosemite Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7322  $    407,000.00
7080 Cinnamon Teal Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6318  $    415,000.00
8524 Wyndrush Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5012  $    420,000.00
601 Barranca Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9698  $    425,000.00
6012 Brogan Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5458  $    425,000.00
3039 Bridlewood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    425,000.00
1069 Gemwood Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9507  $    435,000.00
4547 Beechwood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    437,000.00
8508 Wyndrush Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5012  $    447,000.00
4008 Melrose Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7860  $    450,000.00
4544 Dunnwood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9695  $    450,000.00
3557 Patterson Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4404  $    460,000.00
3410 Archetto Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5467  $    465,000.00
4872 Dalewood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7523  $    465,000.00
1535 Daunting Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7658  $    465,000.00
8975 Summerfield Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9691  $    469,000.00
4012 Bothwell Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5202  $    478,669.00
2623 Darwin Pl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5379  $    482,000.00
7032 Tarvisio Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5462  $    482,500.00
2098 Beckett Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5200  $    489,000.00
3141 Latham Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    489,950.00
1084 Bevinger Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7669  $    495,000.00
2261 Cardiff Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    499,900.00
5103 Garlenda Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5457  $    500,000.00
4209 Meadow Wood Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7529  $    507,000.00
8039 Marigola Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5526  $    510,000.00
3493 Ridgeview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4409  $    530,000.00
612 Ore Cart Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6614  $    530,000.00
4205 Rimini Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5489  $    536,500.00
1649 Halifax Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    539,000.00
7008 Hearst Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5485  $    550,000.00
3560 Leonardo Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5238  $    580,266.00
2394 Telegraph Hill El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4054  $    585,000.00
505 Bianco Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 9572  $    585,000.00
2504 Stratford Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    619,800.00
2740 Aberdeen Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5667  $    620,000.00
4674 Village Green Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7673  $    627,500.00
5030 Nawal Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5675  $    650,000.00
1709 Terracina Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5409  $    650,251.00
2538 Orsay Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5252  $    665,000.00
636 Calabria Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3961  $    676,000.00
4262 Hensley Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    700,000.00
3324 Knollridge Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4458  $    810,000.00
4081 Errante Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7636  $    935,000.00
185 Powers Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4491  $ 1,060,000.00
6050 Aldea Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7716  $ 1,259,000.00
4981 Gresham Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7702  $ 1,673,500.00

April 2013 Home Sales - Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue

4040 Oakmont Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9302  $ 132,000.00
3353 Melodye Ct Rescue, CA 95672  $ 134,000.00
2598 Chesapeake Bay Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682-7411  $ 200,000.00
3295 W Topaz Ln #2 Cameron Park, CA 95682-8514  $ 212,500.00
3113 Quad Ln Cameron Park, CA 95782-9061  $ 215,000.00
4561 Mewuk Dr Placerville, CA 95667-9411  $ 217,900.00
3281 El Encanto Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8635  $ 231,000.00
4453 Circle A Ranch Rd Placerville, CA 95667-8955  $ 240,000.00
3141 Navion Ct #3 Cameron Park, CA 95682-8103  $ 245,000.00
3980 PINEOAKYO Ct Rescue, CA 95672-9626  $ 250,000.00
4540 STONEY RIDGE Rd Placerville, CA 95667-9410  $ 255,000.00
3160 Parkdale Ln Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 280,000.00
3914 Rustic Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8519  $ 284,950.00
4493 Woodside Way Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8335  $ 286,000.00
2715 Wentworth Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9040  $ 287,000.00
3069 Portillo Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8139  $ 290,000.00
3468 Kimberly Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9036  $ 290,000.00
4815 Canfield Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682-7311  $ 310,000.00
3090 Woodleigh Ln Cameron Park, CA 95682-8126  $ 320,000.00
4659 Abrijo Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 323,700.00
2626 GREEN GLEN Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9065  $ 325,000.00
3837 Los Santos Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8647  $ 325,000.00
4739 Thoreau Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 325,000.00
2812 Alhambra Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8820  $ 330,000.00
2867 Cornada Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8827  $ 345,000.00
9500 Falcon Haven Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9766  $ 350,000.00
5040 OLD FRENCH TOWN Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8361  $ 350,000.00
4048 Berry Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8153  $ 350,000.00
3691 Toronto Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8648  $ 361,500.00
2125 SLEEPY HOLLOW Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9403  $ 385,000.00
3404 Kimberly Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 385,000.00
2814 Vista Verde Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9178  $ 389,000.00
3334 CESSNA Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9133  $ 399,000.00
1181 Arrowbee Dr Placerville, CA 95667-9319  $ 400,000.00
2571 DEER BRUSH Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9422  $ 400,000.00
3531 Nikki Beau Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8858  $ 410,000.00
3231 Granada Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8143  $ 410,000.00
3191 Western Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9205  $ 410,687.00
2906 Thrasher Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8122  $ 420,000.00
2527 ROSALES St Cameron Park, CA 95682-4029  $ 431,500.00
3700 Ocaso Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8961  $ 460,500.00
3621 MIRA Ct Shingle Springs, CA 95682-5000  $ 475,000.00
308 LAWNDALE Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8170  $ 475,000.00
4429 Vega Loop Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 582,000.00
4801 CAMERON Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9678  $ 615,000.00
3407 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7640  $ 620,000.00
6538 Mitchell Rd Latrobe, CA 95682-5110  $ 625,000.00
3241 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7638  $ 695,000.00
4510 WHISTLING WIND Way Placerville, CA 95667-9337  $ 765,000.00