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Friday, July 26, 2013

Mount Tallac Day Hike

Mount Tallac is a 9700' peak southwest of Lake Tahoe.  It's a rocky prominence that isn't the most beautiful ascent I've ever done but once you get to the top, the views are drop dead gorgeous!  I happen to pick it just right this week.  A friend and I had planned a day trip a week ago but as the day got nearer, the weather forecast got worse.  The day before had thunder storms in the mountains, so I packed some rain gear which turned out to be just extra weight on my back.  It was a perfect moderate temperature, with a few clouds and as a bonus, peak wildflowers between 9,000 - 9500'.  
Round trip was 9.5 miles and took about 6 hours, (5 hours of hiking and an hour for breaks and lunch at the top).  Access to the trail head is easily spotted with a big sign between Camp Richardson and Emerald Bay on HWY 89.





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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tahoe Rim Trail from Barker Pass to Twin Peaks

After seeing the beautiful display of wildflowers at Lake Winnemucca on Friday, we decided to go back for more on Saturday.  We like to explore new places so we decided to go to Barker Pass because it's not so easy to get to from the west slope, plus it's off the beaten path, (which is important on a Saturday in July).  That equates to less people and more fun.

We took HWY 50 to South Lake Tahoe then headed west at the Y on 89.  Just past Homewood Ski Area take a left onto Blackwood Canyon Road.  The crowds thinned out almost immediately as we drove the 7 miles to the trail head.  The road is paved most of the way but at the very end turns to gravel near where you will easily find the "Barker Pass" parking lot.

I really enjoyed this hike for the variety that it offered.  There is some gradual uphill, followed by switch backs down into a canyon/meadow area.  Almost as soon as you hit the bottom you head into forested switch backs up the other side to the crest.  From Twin Peaks, there are spectacular 360 views.








This wasn't the wildflower hike we were after since almost all flowers were past peak, but the variety of terrain made it interesting and fun to explore.  Barker Pass to Twin Peaks is 9.6 miles round trip.

Wild Flowers are Peak at Lake Winnemucca

This was the weekend for peak wildflower viewing at Lake Winnemucca.  Whether you take the shorter and flatter route from the trail head at Carson Pass or pick up the trail from Woods Lake, (which we opted for this time) you are in for a treat!

To get there take HWY 88 past Kirkwood Ski Resort.  Not too far beyond Caples Lake turn right into the "Woods Lake" recreation area.  If you get there early enough, you can park right at the lake.  There is also a parking lot not too far from the lake.  Make sure to bring $5.00 for the self parking fee.

The trail meanders up through a beautiful hillside meadow with the largest display or wildflowers in the South Lake Tahoe area.







Enjoy lunch and dip your toes at the beautiful and pristine Lake Winnemucca before continuing on to Round Top Lake.
From Round Top Lake it's all down hill back to Woods Lake.  The loop is about 4.5 miles making it a moderate day hike.  If you're feeling energetic, it's easy to add in spurs around Woods Lake, Up to Round Top Mountain or out to 4th of July Lake.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

JUST LISTED!!! 4420 Spring Meadow Road Cameron Park, CA $575,000.00



Here's your chance to get into gated Cameron Estates!  Extremely private home is surrounded by trees on a quiet cul de sac.  Large country kitchen w/ wood floors & stainless appliances has a butcher block island and ample storage.  Huge master suite includes separate sitting area, fireplace and walk-in closet w/ cedar floor.  Peaceful surroundings with 5 acres of usable land, built in swimming pool, seasonal creek and oak trees to keep it cool.  Home is being sold AS-IS.  

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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

3892 Durock Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 125,000.00
4260 Mac Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8328  $ 145,000.00
2781 KAWEAH Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 177,500.00
2172 Winterhaven Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682-7401  $ 180,000.00
5071 JUANITA Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-7535  $ 185,500.00
4171 Green Valley Rd Rescue, CA 95672-9640  $ 199,000.00
3010 Robles Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-9139  $ 215,000.00
2980 Royal Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9014  $ 250,100.00
3278 COUNTRY CLUB Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 268,000.00
2576 Knollwood Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7719  $ 269,900.00
2151 Peaceful Garden Way Rescue, CA 95672-9444  $ 280,000.00
3818 De Sabla Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8606  $ 280,000.00
3040 GRANADA Ct #14 Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 280,000.00
2698 La Canada Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8831  $ 285,000.00
3685 Sheridan Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8929  $ 290,000.00
3801 Kimberly Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8931  $ 297,000.00
3511 CHELSEA Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8914  $ 299,000.00
3628 CHELSEA Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 300,000.00
5277 LOST CREEK Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8364  $ 305,000.00
2748 Cambridge Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9255  $ 305,000.00
4624 VOLTAIRE Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 310,000.00
2796 Waverly Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9249  $ 320,000.00
4823 Canfield Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682-7311  $ 328,000.00
3530 CHELSEA Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 330,000.00
4816 Canfield Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 338,000.00
2623 Julie Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-7803  $ 350,000.00
3734 KIMBERLY Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 350,000.00
3430 Bridget Brae Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8718  $ 351,000.00
4741 Studebaker Rd Placerville, CA 95667-8605  $ 355,000.00
3057 Moliner Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7958  $ 358,000.00
3787 KIMBERLY Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 370,000.00
3448 Charito Ln Cameron Park, CA 95682-9149  $ 370,000.00
3501 Four Springs Dr Rescue, CA 95672-9530  $ 374,000.00
3248 Rancho Tierra Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8175  $ 375,000.00
2802 Wentworth Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8902  $ 377,000.00
3440 See View Ct Rescue, CA 95672-9467  $ 389,900.00
4834 CANFIELD Cir Cameron Park, CA 95682-7311  $ 390,000.00
4800 Trotter Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8343  $ 390,000.00
2583 Bertella Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-4077  $ 393,500.00
3194 Salida Way Cameron Park, CA 95682-8149  $ 399,000.00
5980 French Creek Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9725  $ 399,900.00
940 RESCUE Dr Rescue, CA 95672-9423  $ 412,000.00
5640 Greenstone Ct Placerville, CA 95667-9705  $ 449,900.00
3456 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7640  $ 465,000.00
4845 Bullard Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 465,000.00
309 LAWNDALE Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8170  $ 465,000.00
2608 JULIE Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 475,000.00
3481 GREEN VALLEY Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 485,000.00
553 Crazy Horse Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-7320  $ 525,000.00
4460 NEEF Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9520  $ 535,000.00
3462 CHASEN Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7640  $ 535,000.00
4000 Meder Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8755  $ 569,000.00
3331 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7639  $ 642,000.00
1023 SHADOW HAWK Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9741  $ 650,000.00
4030 TOIYABE Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9426  $ 689,000.00
4450 Vega Loop Shingle Springs, CA 95682-5013  $ 695,000.00
3501 PONDEROSA Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9498  $ 725,000.00
4371 BIG BRANCH Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 730,000.00
4176 VEGA Loop Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 777,325.00
201 Travois Ct Rescue, CA 95672-9396  $ 790,000.00
4922 Jubilee Trl Shingle Springs, CA 95682-9359  $ 810,000.00

June 2013 Home Sales - El Dorado Hills, CA

3789 Arrowhead Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4503  $    256,000.00
3384 Alyssum Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6537  $    285,000.00
881 Salmon Falls Rd El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9732  $    310,000.00
4235 Brisbane Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5311  $    310,000.00
3380 Mesa Verdes Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    321,000.00
2633 Willowdale Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4023  $    332,500.00
4115 Ironwood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7536  $    357,000.00
3747 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4560  $    357,500.00
972 King George Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4135  $    369,000.00
2025 Wood Mar Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    375,000.00
2901 Tam O Shanter Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4238  $    399,000.00
3469 Cabrito Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7644  $    416,000.00
1870 Sapphire Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4270  $    420,000.00
6990 Barranca Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9697  $    424,000.00
3585 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7319  $    430,000.00
4867 Danbury Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    437,500.00
3166 COLLINGSWOOD Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    451,000.00
912 governor Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4252  $    460,000.00
3168 Aldridge Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    465,000.00
2017 Crest Mar Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    469,000.00
3495 Patterson Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    475,000.00
4110 Avellano Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7613  $    480,000.00
1821 Sapphire Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4267  $    489,000.00
323 cobble Rock Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    505,107.00
981 Cobble Rock Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    514,974.00
840 Reddick Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4440  $    515,000.00
4917 Village Green Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7677  $    515,000.00
804 Cascara Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9699  $    518,000.00
5010 Morrill Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    525,000.00
2574 Raleigh Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    529,000.00
3077 Borgata Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5434  $    530,000.00
985 Cobble Rock Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    544,584.00
3140 Latham Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4318  $    546,000.00
607 Belhaven Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9689  $    549,500.00
5048 Winterfield Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9308  $    550,000.00
4393 LOMBARDIA Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5446  $    550,000.00
3307 Thornhill Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6227  $    552,000.00
1913 Linhurst Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    570,000.00
2377 MORMON ISLAND Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    575,000.00
1028 Manning Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    595,000.00
6010 Palermo Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5423  $    595,000.00
4019 Hawick Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7696  $    600,000.00
983 Cobble Rock Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    611,402.00
6079 Southerness Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    624,000.00
3976 ROYAL TROON Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    636,000.00
4052 Fawn Creek Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    644,110.00
4352 Cordero Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7602  $    650,000.00
2044 Shelby Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    660,000.00
3005 Aberdeen Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5670  $    705,000.00
3760 Mossridge Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4487  $    710,000.00
3449 Park Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7318  $    725,000.00
189 Muse Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4490  $    730,000.00
351 Stagestop Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    750,000.00
1200 Glenmore Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5612  $    765,000.00
1805 Malcolm Dixon Rd El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9720  $    800,000.00
4390 Cordero Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7602  $    820,000.00
3380 Beatty Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7001  $    820,000.00
330 Nattier Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    938,000.00
3009 Capetanios Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4492  $    980,000.00
3322 Diablo Trl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6642  $    985,000.00
141 Lafite Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    985,000.00
3368 Greenview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5258  $ 1,035,000.00
4065 Greenview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7606  $ 1,035,000.00
4643 Gresham Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $ 1,300,000.00
6017 Aldea Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7716  $ 1,375,000.00
4495 Greenview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7709  $ 1,400,000.00

June 2013 Home Sales - Folsom, CA

605 RILEY Folsom, CA 95630-3030  $    161,000.00
880 Holley Ct Folsom, CA 95630-3518  $    215,000.00
120 Rawlings Ct Folsom, CA 95630-4847  $    250,000.00
2319 Clapton Way Folsom, CA 95630-8515  $    258,001.00
322 Brightstone Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7902  $    260,000.00
129 Rugosa Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2956  $    260,000.00
111 Janewood Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2709  $    271,000.00
600 Pemberton Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    289,000.00
189 Briarcliff Dr Folsom, CA 95630-3325  $    305,000.00
811 Sibley St Folsom, CA 95630-3249  $    307,000.00
319 Marsalla Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7202  $    310,000.00
156 Livermore Way Folsom, CA 95630-5212  $    310,000.00
126 Fargo Way Folsom, CA 95630-2906  $    315,000.00
102 Gallagher Ct Folsom, CA 95630-4872  $    320,000.00
1344 Kerslake Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    325,000.00
571 Given Folsom, CA 95630  $    325,000.00
513 Webb Way Folsom, CA 95630-5451  $    334,000.00
519 Fisher Cir Folsom, CA 95630-9540  $    334,425.00
175 Willow Creek Dr Folsom, CA 95630-4806  $    340,000.00
625 Humbert St Folsom, CA 95630-5452  $    340,000.00
204 White Oak Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    341,000.00
993 Rathbone Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    345,000.00
417 Weider Ct Folsom, CA 95630-8430  $    349,000.00
2033 Misty Meadow Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6291  $    355,100.00
949 Carter St Folsom, CA 95630-9569  $    358,000.00
2140 Horseshoe Glen Folsom, CA 95630  $    369,000.00
1544 Ballou Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    370,000.00
374 Hansen Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    370,000.00
894 Bullion Ln Folsom, CA 95630-8772  $    379,000.00
105 Foxridge Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1806  $    380,000.00
107 Rockbolt Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    385,000.00
105 Taunton Way Folsom, CA 95630-6575  $    385,000.00
421 Weider Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    387,000.00
183 Barnhill Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    389,900.00
1538 Latherton Way Folsom, CA 95630  $    389,900.00
411 Illsley Way Folsom, CA 95630-8427  $    390,000.00
100 May Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    390,000.00
100 Witmer Dr Folsom, CA 95630-4601  $    390,000.00
167 Berry Creek Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1907  $    392,300.00
665 Hillswick Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8471  $    394,000.00
1511 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    394,113.00
41 Diggins Dr Folsom, CA 95630-3278  $    395,000.00
1513 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    399,180.00
106 Haskins Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    399,900.00
1517 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    400,341.00
1521 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    403,812.00
1452 Berriedale Ct Folsom, CA 95630-5309  $    405,000.00
135 Dyrell Way Folsom, CA 95630-2371  $    405,000.00
119 Goodell Rd Folsom, CA 95630  $    410,000.00
1945 Broadford Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6116  $    415,000.00
976 Palmer Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    418,000.00
1073 Balin Ct Folsom, CA 95630-8572  $    418,750.00
2249 Zittle Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6178  $    419,000.00
476 S Lexington Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6508  $    421,000.00
124 Cerrito Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2206  $    421,000.00
107 Canyon Rim Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2001  $    425,000.00
1156 Burwick Ln Folsom, CA 95630-6139  $    425,000.00
142 Southcreek Cir Folsom, CA 95630-1511  $    430,000.00
1124 River Rock Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2029  $    435,000.00
909 Densmore Way Folsom, CA 95630-8562  $    435,000.00
136 Crow Canyon Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2038  $    439,000.00
948 Glennfinnan Way Folsom, CA 95630-6111  $    465,000.00
148 Hopper Ln Folsom, CA 95630-6723  $    469,900.00
308 Katarina Ln Folsom, CA 95630-7197  $    475,000.00
148 Canyon Rim Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    478,000.00
568 Hall St Folsom, CA 95630-9545  $    480,000.00
477 Ebi Way Folsom, CA 95630-9542  $    482,000.00
2077 Tracy Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6325  $    490,000.00
1211 Eschelman Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7334  $    498,000.00
144 Hillswood Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2127  $    499,988.00
400 Trowbridge Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    500,000.00
150 Hopfield Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    513,500.00
124 Clemsford Sqr Folsom, CA 95630  $    515,000.00
1721 Caithness Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6207  $    515,000.00
727 Hunter Pl Folsom, CA 95630-6906  $    516,000.00
1325 Blough Way Folsom, CA 95630-8423  $    525,000.00
218 Luna Folsom, CA 95630  $    527,000.00
121 Brown Duvall Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    531,000.00
111 Cohn Valley Way Folsom, CA 95630  $    537,000.00
113 Brown Duvall Ln Folsom, CA 95630-7704  $    538,000.00
147 Tomlinson Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7405  $    540,000.00
1154 Kingfisher Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    550,000.00
1598 Parkway Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    550,000.00
251 Canyon Falls Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7172  $    601,000.00
343 Carpenter Hill Road Folsom, CA 95630  $    610,000.00
667 Rogers Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7754  $    615,000.00
1706 Bowen Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7347  $    628,500.00
746 Stonemill Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6164  $    642,000.00
314 Canyon Falls Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7121  $    649,999.00
409 Catterline Way Folsom, CA 95630-6227  $    650,000.00
1529 Freswick Dr Folsom, CA 95630-5307  $    650,000.00
1509 Gionata Folsom, CA 95630  $    700,000.00
700 Westchester Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6248  $    725,000.00
381 Serpa Way Folsom, CA 95630-6315  $    765,000.00
1799 Woodglen Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6274  $    785,000.00
357 Mountain View Dr Folsom, CA 95630-2203  $ 1,000,000.00

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cody Creek Trail

At a projected 107 degrees, we knew we couldn't sit around the house all day on Sunday so we headed for the hills!  We had no idea that we would be hiking one of the most popular expert mountain bike trails in the Tahoe region, but that's where we ended up.

As we drove up HWY 50 discussing our options, all we knew was that we needed to get up high where it would be cooler, we wanted to hike, (after MTN biking and boating yesterday) and we wanted to be in the trees as opposed to above tree line.  After remembering an evening ice cream social many years ago at Sciots, (just before Strawberry) we decided to pull in to see if it was what we recalled.  We parked at the playground, (don't know if this is legal or not) and we decided to risk it since there were no "No Parking" signs.

Treking poles in hand, we headed to the top of Masonic Blvd and proceeded through a forest service gate.  We thought we were on our way only to be stumped when just a short distance ahead, we came to a paved road.  We had no idea what the road was, but decided to walk it for a short distance.  I initially thought it was a poor decision because I was sure that I didn't want to be on a paved road in the heat, but after only about 150 yards we saw a small trail beside a creek.  That one quick decision to take that trail turned out to make our day!

Within minutes we were meandering uphill beside a creek, (later found out to be Cody Creek) and into one of the most beautiful fern forests I have ever seen.  The trail was shady and soft, (from decomposing trees) and wound through old growth so red and green it made you feel the magic of nature.





It was obvious by the tire tracks that the only users of this trail are the mountain bikers.  They appeared to have this little secret all to themselves and by rights should.  They have painstakingly maintained the trail by building little bridges, jumps and park-like features to make it fun and interesting for them, but in a way that is not obtrusive to the natural beauty.

At one point the trail disappeared, but we soon found a creek crossing which took us to a decision point.  We decided to head left although it was up what appeared to be a 4WD road for a sort distance.  This my least favorite portion of the trail and if it had lasted more than 1/4 mile, I would have turned around.  But as luck would have it we chose to go left at a fork marked with a cross and shortly thereafter came to a beautiful meadow where wildflowers were near peak and butterflies danced all around us.  It was a truly magical place where we decided to take a break and have lunch before heading back to the car.




In total, it was a 4 hour moderate hike.  We never saw another human being the entire day and the only sounds were those of birds and the bubbling creek.  Goal achieved - Exercise, Nature, Soulful, Cooler than Shingle Springs and best of all only 1 hour away!

Two Days in One at Jenkinson Lake

After a year of looking for a new mountain bike, I finally bought one last week.  The reason it took so long is that I like nice equipment, but don't want to pay the high price for a sport that I will only do a few times a year.  I was anxious to give it a whirl on Saturday so despite the projected 104 degree temperature, I talked my husband into going for a ride.   But because marriage is give and take, I had to promise to go fishing with him.  So in addition to loading the bikes, we loaded the boat for a full day of fun...for both of us.

We chose a ride around Jenkinson Lake, not only because the elevation would offer some relief from the heat, but also because it would be manageable for us beginners and we could also take the boat.  It turned out to be a perfect day.

We arrived at the boat ramp at about 8:30 am and unloaded the bikes.  We headed clockwise around the lake and fully enjoyed the 12 mile single track - almost all of it was doable for us novices.  We took the spur to the waterfall but there was a bus load of tourists there so decided not to linger.  In total the ride took us 2 hours and was well worth the learning experience, plus we came out injury-free.

Park Creek Bridge 

After arriving back at the boat launch, we changed into swim suits and enjoyed an afternoon boating, swimming and yes, fishing.  My husband caught this large mouth bass so he was a happy camper.



All in all it was a perfect escape from this extreme heat wave.  The only question is what to do tomorrow at a projected 107 degrees?