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Monday, August 26, 2013

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Mountain Biking in Granite Bay

The Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park is over 100 miles away and all reports say that it is generating it's own weather.  I can tell you that it sure had an impact on the west slope weather and air quality this past weekend.  On Saturday morning, we couldn't see the mountains, in fact it was tough to see a half mile away so rather than head to Tahoe for our weekly hike, we decided to go in the opposite direction for something new.

We threw our mountain bikes on the back of the car and went to Granite Bay for some trail riding around Folsom Lake.  To avoid the park fee which I think is now $12.00, we parked at Cavitt Jr. High on Fuller Drive.  It was very easy to stage and find access to the trail system directly behind the field.  Before we knew it we were on some very fun trails exploring a new area that we had never recreated in before.  It was like being on another planet.  Most of our lives are spent along the HWY 50 corridor so every time I venture along the 80 corridor, I feel like I am on some sort of big adventure even though it's only 30 minutes away.

I couldn't get my mountain bike app working so I couldn't tell you how far we went or what the stats were, but we did ride out and back for two hours.  It is mostly rolling and open terrain which is doable by any beginner.  Depending on choices you make along the way, you can get in to more technical riding.  We had an absolute blast exploring the limitless options of trails with gorgeous lake views at every turn.  We plan to visit this area more now that we know how much fun it is.  If anyone has other recommendations like this, please let me know.

Our thanks to the fire fighters working on the Rim Fire.  We have plans to hike Half Dome next week so are tracking your efforts hourly.  Be safe!

Monday, August 19, 2013

24 Hours of Fun in Lake Tahoe

We left Shingle Springs at 5:30 Saturday night with the canoe on top of the car, an overnight bag and supplies for peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  Our first stop was Passaretti's Italian Restaurant at the Y where we met 3 other couples for a delicious carb filled dinner.  We all then headed to Echo Lake where we launched our canoes and kayaks just as it was turning dark.

The moon was bright and nearly full on this relatively warm and very clear night which was a pleasant surprise since the Sierras were covered with thunder boomers and big tall anvil clouds when we left the west slope.  The moonlight danced on the water created a mesmerizing affect.  The wake behind each boat shown bright before fading into black.  The kayak paddles appeared to have sparks flying off each end with each lift out of the water.

Before long we were at the end of Lower Echo Lake and paddled our way through the narrow and shallow channel onto Upper Echo Lake.  When we reached the end we beached our watercraft and took a break for a glass of wine and took in the silence and beautiful night before heading back.  We arrived in South Lake Tahoe at about 12:30 am.



On Sunday morning we took out the trail map and decided to hike the Eagle Falls to Bay View Trail.  If you haven't done this loop you are missing some of the most beautiful views in and around Tahoe.  Park at the Eagle Falls Trail head just past the Emerald Bay Lookout.  Begin by heading up the trail, staying left towards Eagle Lake.  After about an hour you will come to a fork where you can take a right to Eagle Lake for a quick spur or go left as we did which gives you nice views from above Eagle Lake.


It's a pretty good climb to the top of the ridge at about 8200' but the trail has a lot of variety keeping it interesting.  At the top you come to a fork where you can go right to Velma Lakes or left to Bay View Trail.  We opted for a short spur towards Velma before resuming on the Bay View Trail.


Once you crest to the north east side of the ridge, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the South Tahoe basin from Emerald Bay to South Lake Tahoe to the eastern mountains in Nevada.


The descent through the forested mountainside has vistas of Granite Lake, Cascade Lake and dramatic Emerald Bay the entire way down to the Bay View campground.



The only downside to this hike is the 1 mile trek back to the Eagle Falls parking lot along Emerald Bay Road.  The road has very little shoulder and there is a lot of traffic so be careful.  This segment could be avoided by taking two cars or by hitch-hiking, but I would always opt for walking.  In total the hike was about 7 or 8 miles taking 4.5 hours.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Who Can Tell me Where to Find a MTB Trail That's Challenging and Fun for Beginners?

Today we went in search of a mountain bike ride along the Morman Emigrant Trail that would be;

1 - easy enough for a couple of beginners like us
2 - challenging enough to improve on novice technical skills
3 - provide a good cardio workout

We didn't find what we were looking for although we gave it our best shot.  I started by downloading a WONDERFUL APP called Runtastic.  It was free, easy to use and provided a ton of data about our journey(s) today.  Our first ride began 7.1 miles from Jenkinson Lake.  We headed north from the road down a dirt road that looked like it hadn't been used for several years.  It was covered in pine cones, branches and sticks and had a lot of growth in and beside the trail.  We turned around at 1.6 miles and headed back after a too close call with someone out there shooting.  It didn't look like it was going to get much better anyway.  Total 3.2 miles and elevation gain of 689'.

We then drove west back towards the lake and stopped at Snow Mill Rd and headed south on our bikes.  There was a pretty good climb initially but when we crested the top of that first hill, there again were numerous groups of people doing target practice.  We continued on past the shooters for a brief while, but decided that we really weren't getting that ride through the forest feel with all of the gun fire all around us.  Total 2 miles and 394' gain.

We then journeyed back yet closer to Jenkinson and stopped and parked at Park Creek Road, (on the north side of the MET).  The trail began straight down hill for over a mile and crossed Sly Park Creek.  After crossing the dry creek, we came to a fork in the road.  We decided to head right then continued to take every possible left because each left turn went up hill.  We didn't want to do any additional climbing on the way back knowing what lay ahead in the last mile.  It was a well used fire road but again didn't really provide the trail riding experience we were looking for.  Total for this segment was 4.7 miles and a big 1283' climb back out.

All in all it was an OK day since we ended with a fun climb, but I can't say that we will ever go back to any of these three trails to ride or hike.  Can anyone recommend some good trails on the west slope or Tahoe basin that are challenging and fun for beginning MTB riders?

Pending! 4420 Spring Meadow Road Cameron Park, CA


Monday, August 5, 2013

Bike Ride on the Mormon Emigrant Trail

I rarely do the same activity at the same place twice in a season but there's no excuse to only do this ride once a year, which is what I have been doing for the past 7 years or so.  It's so close and it is sooo fun.  You can stage anywhere along the Mormon Emigrant Trail where there are plentiful turn outs.  If you begin at Jenkinson Lake and go all the way to HWY 88, the round trip is about 50 miles, but you can make it as short or as long as you want.

The ride is mostly ALL UP HILL on the way out and mostly ALL DOWN HILL on the way back.  There's no better ride to get your heart and legs pumping while drowning in the wonderful smell of kit kit dizzy, (Mountain Misery).  You are surrounded by beautiful forest on both sides of the road the entire way making it close to a mountain biking experience, but on smooth paved roads the entire way.   Make sure to stop along your ride to take in some of the beautiful vistas on the way up, because you won't want to use your brakes on the way down!  It takes about 4 times longer to get up than it does down.  Today I hit 42.2 mph on the downhill.  What a nice reward for all that hard work and what a rush!

To get there take HWY 50 to the Jenkinson Lake exit in Pollock Pines.  Continue past the lake entrance and the boat ramp and take your first left.  You can't miss it!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

July 2013 Homes Sales - Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Rescue, CA Average Sales Price is $187.73/sq'

3423 Bristol Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-9265  $ 186,000.00
3064 Turner Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-9142  $ 187,000.00
3466 Rosebud Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8793  $ 260,000.00
3801 Los Santos Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8602  $ 268,297.00
3614 Chelsea Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8913  $ 276,000.00
4590 Foothill Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8476  $ 280,000.00
3727 Montclair Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9082  $ 290,000.00
2848 CORNADA Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 298,000.00
4225 CRAZY HORSE Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 306,000.00
2750 Hillcrest Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9281  $ 310,000.00
3955 De Sabla Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8604  $ 310,000.00
3037 Cambridge Rd #C Cameron Park, CA 95682-8179  $ 315,000.00
4555 Benton Way Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 316,500.00
2111 WALNUT Ct Rescue, CA 95672  $ 320,000.00
2808 Hillcrest Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-9283  $ 320,000.00
2480 Sandpiper Way Cameron Park, CA 95682-9227  $ 331,000.00
3023 Wilkinson Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9107  $ 333,000.00
4641 Tulle Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 335,000.00
3723 Valerio Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8206  $ 351,500.00
3535 Sudbury Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-8205  $ 365,000.00
3820 WHISPERING PINES Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 365,000.00
4670-4668 MAGGIE LANE Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 375,000.00
4821 QUAIL RUN Rd Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 380,000.00
3220 SIERRAMA Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 389,500.00
3050 ESTEPA Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8135  $ 390,000.00
3012 Estepa Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8134  $ 399,000.00
3712 Malachite Way Rescue, CA 95672-9497  $ 405,000.00
3293 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7638  $ 410,000.00
3166 Navion Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682-8103  $ 417,000.00
3767 Fairway Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8654  $ 417,000.00
3138 Sudbury Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 435,000.00
3807 TWILIGHT Ln Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 443,000.00
3554 LAMBETH Dr Rescue, CA 95672  $ 460,000.00
4638 Foothill Dr Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $ 465,000.00
3480 Mira Loma Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7936  $ 490,000.00
4365 MEADOW Cir Rescue, CA 95672-9436  $ 504,000.00
3378 Chasen Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-7639  $ 524,900.00
3606 Lambeth Dr Rescue, CA 95672-9392  $ 545,000.00
321 Lawndale Ct Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 559,000.00
3395 Cambridge Rd Cameron Park, CA 95682-9121  $ 570,000.00
3151 Knollwood Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682  $ 571,000.00
3155 Weymouth Way Rescue, CA 95672-9370  $ 580,000.00
3738 Fairway Dr Cameron Park, CA 95682-8653  $ 633,000.00
3714 Clinton Way Cameron Park, CA 95682-7631  $ 640,000.00
1031 Loma Ct Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8767  $ 675,000.00
4440 Green Valley Rd Rescue, CA 95672-9362  $ 675,000.00
3203 Purple Leaf Ct Shingle Springs, CA 95682-7537  $ 749,000.00

July 2013 Home Sales - El Dorado Hills, CA Average Sales Price is $190/sq'

2711 Musgrave Pl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5321  $    325,000.00
2904 Canterbury Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4258  $    340,000.00
822 Shasta El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    345,000.00
7056 Rushwood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5002  $    351,900.00
3352 Mesa Verdes Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4517  $    362,500.00
5028 Taylor Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7531  $    367,500.00
3308 Stonehurst Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    380,000.00
7534 Doe Springs Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    382,000.00
1768 Canberra Pl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5362  $    392,000.00
9124 Orchid Shade Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6333  $    400,000.00
4370 Lombardia Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    400,000.00
916 Governor Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4252  $    400,000.00
840 Mount Ranier Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    401,000.00
648 Powers Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4435  $    405,000.00
3456 Alyssum Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6535  $    407,000.00
5024 Mertola Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7552  $    431,000.00
1313 Villagio Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5530  $    440,000.00
2985 Bridlewood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6236  $    440,000.00
4084 Borders Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5415  $    440,000.00
3240 Collingswood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    441,000.00
205 Calistoga Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9521  $    448,743.00
3211 Ranken Pl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5347  $    455,000.00
3320 Woedee Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7506  $    460,100.00
1501 Sutter Creek Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4062  $    465,000.00
1084 Crestline Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7223  $    465,000.00
4641 Screech Owl Creek Rd El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    465,000.00
4317 Rimini Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    470,000.00
3518 Keswick Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7851  $    470,000.00
3582 Rosecrest Cir El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9521  $    473,615.00
332 Arches Ave El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7313  $    480,000.00
2744 Dana Loop El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9509  $    489,900.00
3209 Rapallo Pl El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5463  $    490,000.00
1115 Bevinger Drive El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    495,000.00
4218 Weathervane Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    500,000.00
4436 Woodthrush Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7520  $    502,000.00
4111 Borders Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    505,000.00
4185 Meadow Wood Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7526  $    515,000.00
3729 Falkirk Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7833  $    516,000.00
2716 Tam O Shanter Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4235  $    517,500.00
8055 Murcia El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    520,000.00
2336 Telegraph Hill El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    525,000.00
4018 Samuel Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6609  $    530,000.00
5330 Garlenda Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    535,000.00
2553 TEMPLETON Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    539,000.00
1179 Villagio Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5528  $    545,000.00
340 Camellia Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    549,000.00
1870 DEER VALLEY Rd Rescue, CA 95672  $    550,000.00
4425 Woodthrush Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7520  $    550,000.00
4006 Samuel Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6609  $    552,100.00
2293 Telegraph Hill El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    560,000.00
6526 Preston Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    560,000.00
538 POWERS Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4434  $    570,000.00
1154 Turquoise Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4343  $    589,000.00
1965 SHEFFIELD El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    589,982.00
2149 Sheffield Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    606,250.00
2151 Beckett Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    612,500.00
2326 Picasso Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    619,011.00
2689 Giorno Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    670,000.00
2620 Raleigh Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    670,000.00
414 POWERS Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4436  $    685,000.00
2892 Aberdeen Ln El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5683  $    712,500.00
6539 Goya Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    721,204.00
1063 Cambria Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3988  $    856,000.00
606 Liguria Ct El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5412  $    860,000.00
2488 Highland Hills Dr. El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    864,250.00
2173 Loch Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $    940,000.00
3621 Brittany Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3995  $    983,000.00
2540 Loch Way El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5640  $    990,000.00
80 Powers Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4493  $ 1,040,000.00
1280 Promontory Point Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $ 1,050,000.00
4253 Greenview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7622  $ 1,240,000.00
1964 Shoreview Dr El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $ 1,773,333.00

July 2013 Home Sales - Folsom, CA Average Sales price up to $202/sq'

307 Bridge St Folsom, CA 95630-2501  $    260,000.00
308 Brightstone Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7901  $    280,000.00
430 Carlson Way Folsom, CA 95630-7930  $    289,000.00
124 Sierra Woods Cir Folsom, CA 95630-2955  $    305,000.00
115 Diggins Dr Folsom, CA 95630-3291  $    305,000.00
1325 School St Folsom, CA 95630-3335  $    305,000.00
1171 Avon Way Folsom, CA 95630-3124  $    309,500.00
735 Stewart St Folsom, CA 95630-3509  $    312,400.00
348 Parker Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7928  $    319,000.00
103 Elkins Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    327,000.00
108 S Fork Way Folsom, CA 95630-2046  $    340,000.00
517 Fisher Cir Folsom, CA 95630-9540  $    340,000.00
100 Winding Canyon Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    345,000.00
226 Oxburough Dr Folsom, CA 95630-3294  $    349,000.00
370 Coventry Folsom, CA 95630  $    349,500.00
364 Parker Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7949  $    353,000.00
102 Sage flat Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    355,000.00
171 Livermore Way Folsom, CA 95630-5217  $    355,000.00
441 Porter Folsom, CA 95630  $    360,000.00
376 Parker Dr Folsom, CA 95630-7949  $    375,000.00
115 REMINGTON Dr Folsom, CA 95630-4825  $    378,000.00
106 Conductor Way Folsom, CA 95630-8017  $    380,000.00
1519 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    380,943.00
441 N Lexington Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6533  $    382,000.00
1525 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    382,293.00
889 Angell Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    385,000.00
105 Faithorne Ln Folsom, CA 95630-8096  $    389,800.00
1002 Persifer St Folsom, CA 95630  $    390,000.00
2228 Cattle Drive Folsom, CA 95630  $    390,000.00
128 John Henry Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8126  $    390,000.00
1527 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    394,194.00
103 Little Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2055  $    396,000.00
100 Conductor Way Folsom, CA 95630-8017  $    396,000.00
7497 Baldwin Dam Rd Folsom, CA 95630-1508  $    399,500.00
1509 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    404,212.00
117 Cobble Ridge Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    409,000.00
263 Thorndike Way Folsom, CA 95630-6824  $    410,000.00
125 Gilded Rock Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3275  $    410,000.00
184 Bayline Cir Folsom, CA 95630-8075  $    415,000.00
144 Silberhorn Folsom, CA 95630  $    415,000.00
7109 Pine View Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1927  $    419,000.00
1529 Bonanza Ln Folsom, CA 95630  $    419,125.00
1125 Galston Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6135  $    420,000.00
1209 Blackberry Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7652  $    420,000.00
348 Silberhorn Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    423,000.00
134 Vierra Cir Folsom, CA 95630-5434  $    425,000.00
108 Cool Springs Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7106  $    425,000.00
103 Boxcar Way Folsom, CA 95630-8138  $    429,000.00
101 Thomas Ct Folsom, CA 95630-4809  $    430,000.00
104 Surbaugh Folsom, CA 95630-6504  $    430,000.00
973 Cameron Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    433,500.00
100 Maderos Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    443,000.00
205 Oxleigh Way Folsom, CA 9530  $    447,500.00
7322 Pine Grove Way Folsom, CA 95630  $    450,000.00
125 Woodview Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    455,000.00
658 HILDEBRAND Cir Folsom, CA 95630-6302  $    460,000.00
109 Boxler Ct Folsom, CA 95630-4935  $    462,000.00
1045 Brock Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7500  $    462,000.00
612 Ascada Court Folsom, CA 95630  $    465,000.00
1540 Broder Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7663  $    465,000.00
103 Oneill Ct Folsom, CA 95630-2379  $    465,000.00
424 Ebi Way Folsom, CA 95630-9542  $    465,000.00
817 Duncan Way Folsom, CA 95630  $    475,000.00
854 Bluestone Cir Folsom, CA 95630-3519  $    480,500.00
448 Fisher Cir Folsom, CA 95630-9553  $    484,000.00
135 Chambersburg Way Folsom, CA 95630-6554  $    490,000.00
110 McDerby Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    500,000.00
1200 Scheidegger Folsom, CA 95630  $    505,000.00
108 Alvaston Ct Folsom, CA 95630-8614  $    518,000.00
103 Yankton St Folsom, CA 95630-8139  $    530,000.00
151 American River Canyon Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1550  $    545,000.00
217 Luna Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    553,500.00
2094 Osprey Ct Folsom, CA 95630-6255  $    569,500.00
1177 Boxelder Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7669  $    570,000.00
307 Sprig Cir Folsom, CA 95630  $    585,000.00
1881 Caversham Way Folsom, CA 95630-6297  $    587,000.00
976 Patrick Cir Folsom, CA 95630-7503  $    599,000.00
554 Porter Ct Folsom, CA 95630  $    600,000.00
1119 Bryan Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7335  $    621,000.00
125 Feather Falls Folsom, CA 95630  $    630,000.00
489 Listowe Dr Folsom, CA 95630-6213  $    636,000.00
229 Cascade Falls Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1564  $    649,000.00
1123 Bryan Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7335  $    650,000.00
416 Listowe Folsom, CA 95630  $    650,000.00
154 Red Ridge Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7421  $    680,000.00
208 American River Canyon Dr Folsom, CA 95630-1584  $    720,000.00
1052 Cameron Dr Folsom, CA 95630  $    753,725.00
767 Lorena Ct Folsom, CA 95630-7760  $ 1,100,000.00