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Monday, September 25, 2017

Thankful to Hit Peak Foliage in the Rockies

Sometimes short vacations exceed your expectations and the past 5 days were one of those times.  My husband and I planned a trip to the Colorado Rockies in an attempt to catch peak foliage there and the moon and stars aligned for us. 

As we watched the approaching weather forecast, our hopes were dimmed by the gloomy outlook.  We were supposed to have rain for the ENTIRE length of stay but instead were greeted by sunshine every day, (well at least every morning).

We stayed in the little town of Frisco which has a great mountain town vibe.  Plenty of shops and restaurants, but that wasn't the draw for us.  We headed out every day for a hike in the bold yellow and orange landscape.  I can't say how thankful I am for the fortunate weather, (unexpected), the time spent with family, and the use of an aunt's condo making the trip ever so convenient.

I had to share some of the best pictures to memorialize the experience.  If you ever need recommendations for some secret spots we found off the beaten path, you know I would love to talk!












Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pacific Coast Trail - You Can Do Small Segments

If you're on your way to South Lake Tahoe and need to get our and stretch your legs after sitting in the car for hours, I suggest a hike on the PCT.  Yesterday we had some chores to do at our property in South Lake but wanted to get in a short hike before the work began, so we stopped at the Snow Park at Echo Lake Summit.  The parking lot is right next to the PCT.  The snow park lot is closed in summer but there are a dozen or so parking spots available outside the gate and off the highway.

We did a quick out-and-back of about 6 miles total round trip.  The trail is marked really well so just pay attention to the signage and you can't get lost.  This segment of the PCT is actually where the PCT and Tahoe Rim Trail, (TRT) merge for a while.

It's a beautiful segment of the PCT with relatively soft footing while in the forest and it's not long before you are out of hearing range of HWY 50 and rewarded with distant views of Lake Tahoe.  We encountered some pretty large old growth cedar trees and enjoyed gazing at the granite cliffs and outcroppings along the way.


It's not long before you come to this saddle where you can see across towards Carson Pass with Round Top in the background.





As you gain in elevation, you begin to see Lake Tahoe again including the the airport.


You can see that we are climbing a pretty steep slope towards the other side of the valley.


It began to level out at about mile 3 where you cross over the creek that feeds the South Upper Truckee on the east side of the divide.  We didn't get much farther before the clock caught up with us and we had to return to do our chores, bummer!

As has been typical this year, we got caught in some afternoon showers so always be prepared with your rain gear!

LOVE this hike because of it's ease of access and ability to go as far as you want.  So easy to do on any trip to or from Lake Tahoe!  Get outdoors and recreate!!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Emigrant Lake - Best New Hike for 2017

I had to laugh on Saturday night when my husband told some friends that we had hardly hiked this summer,.. "Maybe 4 times...".  I quickly sighted 4 or 5 additional hikes we had done but it wasn't until we were walking along Sunday's route that we added up 15 hikes so far this year, many of which were first times for us including Yosemite's Panorama Trail, Grand Tetons Taggart and Bradley Lakes, and Yellowstones' Mount Washburn.

There is so much diversity out there, (even if you stay local) so it's a shame to do the same routes over and over.  So when we were discussing where to go yesterday in Bowles's fashion, (in the car on the way up the hill) our #1 goal was to avoid the Labor Day holiday crowds.  Last year on this weekend we recalled doing the Horse Canyon trail on HWY 88.  Amazingly, we only saw a few others on that hike so decided to try a different trail off 88 and avoid Tahoe altogether.

Since it was supposed to be extremely hot and very poor air quality, we chose the Emigrant Lake hike which is relatively flat, (only 800' elevation gain) rationalizing that we wouldn't be straining and therefore bad air wouldn't be getting deep into our lungs.  It's also a wooded path mostly along Caples Lake so should have lots of shade and therefore much cooler that an above tree line route.


The trail head is at the west corner of Caples Lake and follows the lake for about 2 miles before beginning a very gradual ascent to Emigrant Lake.  What we loved most was that we were traveling along water for most of the way whether it was Caples Lake or Emigrant Creek.






We were also surprisingly rewarded with lots of wildflowers as we began to climb despite that it is already September!  There were green meadows and upon our approach to the lake, we were amazed to see how much snow still remained.







We were hit with some afternoon showers, but nothing too treacherous.  It was a coolish 67 degrees when we returned to our car.  No complaining from us as it was a simmering 109 degrees when we pulled into our driveway at 4:30!  All in all, it was the perfect way to spend the day!

Stats: 8.6 miles round trip.  800' elevation gain.  Difficulty - Moderate. Fun scale - 10!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Homes Sold in El Dorado Hills, CA - August 2017

2812 King Edward Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      374,000.00
7034 Orofino, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      552,000.00
5000 Mendocino Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      450,000.00
3475 Northam, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      450,000.00
943 King Henry Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      460,000.00
2969 Ridgeview Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4338  $      472,000.00
711 Ramon Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      485,000.00
2861 Springburn Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      485,000.00
4060 Prairie Falcon Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6302  $      500,000.00
4909 Concordia Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      505,000.00
5043 Verona Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      506,000.00
518 Ventura Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      507,500.00
536 Finders Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7303  $      515,000.00
1749 Canberra Pl, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5362  $      510,000.00
3596 Falkirk Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      525,000.00
5045 Morrill Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      525,000.00
570 Guadalupe Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      525,000.00
4020 Redondo Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7553  $      550,000.00
3616 Rosecrest Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      535,000.00
5047 GARLENDA Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      540,000.00
2509 Willowdale Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      548,000.00
5093 Garlenda Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5456  $      552,000.00
2236 Muratura Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5453  $      549,000.00
3051 Dorchester Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6243  $      549,000.00
4250 Hensley Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4277  $      555,000.00
3456 Archetto Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5487  $      560,000.00
3021 Ferncliff Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9520  $      579,000.00
2774 Dana Loop, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9509  $      562,500.00
4129 Borders Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5415  $      560,000.00
3142 Borgata Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5436  $      564,525.00
212 Gamay Pl, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7713  $      555,000.00
2078 Bates Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      575,000.00
2830 Felton Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9565  $      580,000.00
3311 Knollridge Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4459  $      568,888.00
2516 Gladwin Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      573,500.00
2151 Aiken Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      587,000.00
2045 Salmon Falls Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9707  $      680,000.00
3933 Meadow Wood Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7545  $      590,000.00
2398 Summer Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6325  $      608,000.00
211 Tarquina Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5460  $      595,000.00
5305 Garlenda Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5534  $      605,000.00
2786 Dana Loop, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9510  $      610,000.00
2504 Sperry Ln, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      605,000.00
4114 Bothwell Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5204  $      620,000.00
2746 Carnelian Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5964  $      635,000.00
5013 Garlenda Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5456  $      599,000.00
3101 Borgata Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      600,000.00
1090 Brookline Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4227  $      630,000.00
3716 Devon Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-6208  $      657,500.00
2236 Beckett Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5212  $      624,000.00
7032 Hearst Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5485  $      627,000.00
4006 FAWN CREEK Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      652,500.00
1805 Toby Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7663  $      645,000.00
2119 Sheffield Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      646,000.00
2059 Impressionist Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5236  $      645,000.00
2021 Frascati Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3968  $      635,250.00
6030 Sundale Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7648  $      650,000.00
337 Guadalupe Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      661,000.00
340 Cortez Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      649,900.00
2070 Sheffield Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      690,000.00
1030 Morning Glory Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      740,000.00
204 Kinkead Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      692,000.00
1039 Morning Glory Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      720,000.00
5375 Garlenda Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5534  $      720,000.00
473 Torero Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      713,500.00
4821 Danbury Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      693,000.00
6048 Southerness Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7690  $      725,000.00
2033 Norwich Pl, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      705,000.00
1649 Terracina, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      737,000.00
805 Royal Troon Pl, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7689  $      745,000.00
1224 Terracina Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      768,000.00
2847 Merriam Ln, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4204  $      789,000.00
4117 Morningview Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      775,000.00
488 Morgan Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3922  $      785,000.00
4065 Hensley Cir, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      825,000.00
1286 Terracina Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5403  $      859,000.00
3331 Appian Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5654  $      890,000.00
731 Spumante Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      910,000.00
735 Lakecrest Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      940,000.00
4331 Cordero Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7602  $      940,000.00
1331 Lakehills Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $      885,000.00
5430 Sur Mer Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7653  $      988,000.00
2129 Loch Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5620  $      940,000.00
2004 Powfoot Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-7698  $      975,000.00
4509 Cordero Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $  1,030,000.00
5060 Thalia Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $  1,014,000.00
1071 Terracina Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5425  $  1,071,250.00
400 Reem Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5674  $  1,119,000.00
317 Belle Ct, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4160  $  1,150,000.00
236 Socrates Pl, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-3957  $  1,235,000.00
3035 Cain Five Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9421  $  1,170,000.00
5270 Da Vinci Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-5269  $  1,450,000.00
2249 Outrigger Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  $  1,410,000.00

Homes Sold in Folsom, CA - August 2017

885 Halidon Way #913, Folsom, CA 95630-8438  $      215,000.00
300 Moon Cir #328, Folsom, CA 95630-4119  $      304,900.00
885 HALIDON WAY #812, Folsom, CA 95630  $      310,500.00
409 Blossom Rock Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-8745  $      319,900.00
2305 Esplanade Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-7372  $      338,000.00
114 Blossom Rock Ln #52, Folsom, CA 95630-8742  $      335,000.00
1400 Moon Cir #1428, Folsom, CA 95630-4151  $      347,000.00
102 Ferry Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-4000  $      358,100.00
1207 Esplanade Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-7362  $      345,000.00
303 Brightstone Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8199  $      348,000.00
1502 Rivage Cir #1502, Folsom, CA 95630-5608  $      345,000.00
7030 Folsom Auburn Rd, Folsom, CA 95630  $      369,900.00
207 Briarcliff Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-2701  $      374,900.00
522 Diamond Glen Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-3167  $      377,000.00
516 Diamond Glen Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-3167  $      389,500.00
632 Pemberton Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-8188  $      405,100.00
380 Crestridge Ln, Folsom, CA 95630  $      395,000.00
184 Big Valley Rd, Folsom, CA 95630-4648  $      420,000.00
217 Needles Way, Folsom, CA 95630  $      410,000.00
344 Parker Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-7928  $      419,000.00
1639 Ballou Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-5715  $      425,000.00
420 Parker Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-7955  $      432,000.00
113 Winterstein Dr, Folsom, CA 95630  $      428,000.00
1155 Oak Knoll Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-7651  $      440,000.00
202 Bittercreek Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-2252  $      445,900.00
1105 River Rock Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-2020  $      450,000.00
605 Flower Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-4816  $      470,000.00
501 Wallingford Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-6716  $      440,000.00
109 Rhoades Way, Folsom, CA 95630-2347  $      451,000.00
64 Sluice Way, Folsom, CA 95630-8740  $      457,000.00
411 Illsley Way, Folsom, CA 95630-8427  $      470,000.00
605 Humbert, Folsom, CA 95630  $      469,900.00
102 Golden Canyon Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-7117  $      470,900.00
116 REMINGTON Dr, Folsom, CA 95630  $      465,000.00
656 Hillswick Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8471  $      465,000.00
1288 Hartley Way, Folsom, CA 95630-8417  $      467,000.00
1605 Bonanza Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-7389  $      470,000.00
1134 Knopfler Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8517  $      472,500.00
114 Kerwin Way, Folsom, CA 95630-8631  $      500,000.00
205 Colner Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-3578  $      495,823.00
103 Framingham Way, Folsom, CA 95630-5525  $      525,000.00
211 Natoma St, Folsom, CA 95630  $      445,000.00
2241 Zittel Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-6178  $      498,000.00
163 Hopper Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-6754  $      495,000.00
188 Bayline Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8075  $      510,100.00
151 Stonington Way, Folsom, CA 95630  $      540,000.00
104 Pradera Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-4932  $      530,000.00
808 Mormon St, Folsom, CA 95630  $      519,500.00
1231 Scheidegger Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8329  $      540,000.00
134 Hazelmere Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-5517  $      535,000.00
2129 Hidden Falls Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-6317  $      545,000.00
996 Francis Ct, Folsom, CA 95630  $      539,900.00
440 Porter Rd, Folsom, CA 95630  $      510,000.00
117 Honey Cook Cir, Folsom, CA 95630  $      545,000.00
1005 Brock Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-8329  $      570,000.00
116 Tiempo Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-4936  $      558,000.00
312 Silberhorn Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-6805  $      575,000.00
100 Beneto Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-7748  $      567,000.00
1175 Meredith Way, Folsom, CA 95630-7306  $      565,000.00
1364 Quigley Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-5737  $      590,000.00
2073 Tracy Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-6325  $      599,000.00
914 Mormon St, Folsom, CA 95630-2413  $      575,000.00
1768 Langholm Way, Folsom, CA 95630  $      610,000.00
100 Whelan Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-2235  $      604,000.00
1065 Pintail Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-7501  $      619,000.00
175 Westbury, Folsom, CA 95630  $      599,000.00
104 Cruickshank Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-7731  $      609,000.00
148 Stonington Way, Folsom, CA 95630-6843  $      613,000.00
1558 Parkway Dr, Folsom, CA 95630  $      619,000.00
1007 Figueroa St, Folsom, CA 95630-2408  $      600,000.00
142 Cruickshank Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-7710  $      605,000.00
304 Mormon St, Folsom, CA 95630-2612  $      550,000.00
2128 Falcon Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-6256  $      637,500.00
115 Singer Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-5277  $      613,500.00
135 Biscayne Way, Folsom, CA 95630  $      665,000.00
460 Higgins St, Folsom, CA 95630-9564  $      707,500.00
743 Lefevre Ct, Folsom, CA 95630  $      693,333.00
88 Hollyann Ct, Folsom, CA 95630-1900  $      730,000.00
675 Avalanche Peak Way, Folsom, CA 95630-1589  $      829,000.00
122 American River Canyon Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-1547  $      906,000.00
157 Black Powder Cir, Folsom, CA 95630-3414  $  1,060,000.00
637 Westchester Dr, Folsom, CA 95630-6250  $  1,060,000.00

Homes Sold in Shingle Springs, Rescue & Cameron Park- August 2017

3381 LA CANADA Dr #9, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      236,500.00
3294 Paiute Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      250,000.00
2784 OAK CREEK Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      274,900.00
3493 Orinda Cir, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8248  $      321,000.00
3278 Topaz Ln, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8514  $      323,000.00
3144 Quad Ln #E, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      323,000.00
3040 GRANADA Ct #26, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      325,000.00
2521 Chesapeake Bay Cir, Cameron Park, CA 95682-7410  $      326,625.00
2745 Sterling Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9241  $      350,000.00
4301 Green Valley Rd, Rescue, CA 95672  $      360,000.00
3741 Los Santos Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      365,000.00
2748 Montebello Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8822  $      370,000.00
3228 La Canada Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      380,000.00
2805 Alhambra Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8857  $      385,000.00
3157 Gateway Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9236  $      397,000.00
3771 Montclair Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9083  $      400,000.00
3741 Sudbury Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8613  $      410,000.00
3817 Spinel Cir, Rescue, CA 95672-9495  $      440,000.00
2907 Cambridge Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9183  $      445,000.00
2896 Royce Dr, Rescue, CA 95672  $      445,000.00
3781 Sheridan Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8930  $      450,000.00
3946 El Norte Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-4010  $      476,000.00
3843 De Sabla Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8606  $      476,000.00
2460 Sandpiper Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9227  $      480,000.00
2728 PERIDOT Dr, Rescue, CA 95672-9300  $      500,000.00
1701 W Saint Garth Way, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $      510,000.00
3566 Santos Cir, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8210  $      510,000.00
3570 Christa Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682-4030  $      510,000.00
3222 Catawba Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-7643  $      515,000.00
3012 ESTEPA Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-8134  $      518,000.00
2844 Aquamarine Cir, Rescue, CA 95672-9307  $      525,000.00
4616 Studebaker Rd, Placerville, CA 95667-8605  $      530,000.00
3241 Fairway Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9202  $      535,000.00
4660 Abrijo Rd, Cameron Park, CA 95682-4058  $      535,000.00
3033 BRAEMER Dr, Shingle Springs, CA 95682-7686  $      549,000.00
3051 Ridgeline Dr, Rescue, CA 95672  $      585,000.00
3901 Loma Dr, Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8795  $      600,000.00
2685 Fria Springs, Rescue, CA 95672  $      627,500.00
4277 Vega Loop, Shingle Springs, CA 95682-5022  $      639,000.00
4210 Maverick Rd, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $      644,500.00
3140 ROYAL Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      646,750.00
2451 Sanford Dr, Rescue, CA 95672-9536  $      655,000.00
3193 Dogleg Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      684,000.00
3533 Lambeth Dr, Rescue, CA 95672-9391  $      685,000.00
2040 Riesling Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682-7730  $      690,000.00
3030 Sultana Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682-7677  $      716,000.00
3714 CLINTON Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682  $      718,000.00
1105 Burnt Shanty Creek Road, Placerville, CA 95667  $      725,000.00
3280 Western Dr, Cameron Park, CA 95682-9206  $      805,000.00
7280 Steeple Chase Dr, Shingle Springs, CA 95682-8089  $      830,000.00
4205 ALTAIR Way, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $      875,000.00
4401 Mother Lode, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $      879,000.00
4140 Jackpine Rd, Shingle Springs, CA 95682-6702  $      957,000.00
6971 Steeple Chase Dr, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $      995,000.00
4661 ELEN Ct, Shingle Springs, CA 95682  $  1,040,000.00

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