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Now’s the Time to Enjoy Spring on the Sacramento River Trail

Spring is my favorite time of year. And this spring along the Sacramento River is rather unique, following the Carr Fire. The north trail, west of the Diestelhorst Bridge at the end of Harlan Drive, is the area I treasure most. From there, it’s about a mile and a half to the Ribbon Bridge. I find it quite intriguing because it’s so unusual with an excellent view of the opposite side of the river.

Beneath what’s left of the blackened trees and brush, green grass blankets the hillsides, looking like freshly mown lawn. In some areas you’ll enjoy a flowery sea of baby blue eyes wild flowers, and bright orange poppy blossoms add color to the green landscape.

Soon, we’ll see poppies blooming everywhere. It’s beautiful out there, whether the sky is blue or overcast, with dynamic, cloud formations. It’s even nice while it’s raining. The freshness of spring is definitely in the air.

A few weeks following the Carr Fire, I posted pictures of the river trail west of the Harlan Drive entrance. I wanted my photos to highlight the surprising beauty, instead of focusing on the devastation.

My first photo here in this current post was taken after the Carr Fire at the Harlan Drive entrance. In the second photo I stood in the same spot so you can see the seasonal change. From there it’s an adventure, whether you’re jogging, biking, skating, skateboarding or just walking with family, friends, or your dog.

Along your journey, you might notice the burnt tree trunk that looks like a seal. It’s amazing and a must-see. It’s by the 3.5 mile marker. Another point of interest is a cave in the hillside, north of the 3-mile marker near a small waterfall. You’ll see it along a curve in the trail near the Ribbon Bridge. The cave is small, but it’s big enough to provide shelter. I’m 6’2″ and can fully stand up inside.

Now while it’s green, is the time to enjoy this memorable trail. You’ll observe what fire has destroyed as nature breaths new life into the landscape. There are several benches along the way, so you can sit and enjoy the beauty around you. You can relax in the peace of nature and feel that you are part of the serenity. People are friendly, and should you see me out there with my dog Bodie, please, say hello.