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Time to Saddle Up on a Wild Horse Sanctuary Trail Ride

Ride Among Wild Mustangs & Burros in the Splendor of Northern California by Fred Sater

Wild Horse Sanctuary 2 Credit WHS Are you looking for an affordable and unique vacation experience this year?  Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary.  Escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life for a two or three-day trail ride among wild mustangs and burros at the Wild Horse Sanctuary located in the northern California foothills near Lassen Volcanic National Park. With all the rain and snow that the Sanctuary has had this year, the wildflower season promises to be spectacular and streams and vernal pools should be brimming with water well into summer.  Viewing herds of wild mustangs and burros while on horseback will provide guests with memories that will last a lifetime.

The 2011 Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride season runs from May 7-8 (Mother’s Day Weekend) through Columbus Day Weekend (October 8-10). Trail rides are not offered during August.

Wild Horse Sanctuary rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of native grasses, manzanita, oaks, pines, and lava rock that is inhabited by a diverse wildlife population.  After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at “Wild Horse Camp,” which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty cowboy barbecue dinner.  The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower.

“Wild horses continue to face an uncertain future on shrinking public lands and federal holding facilities throughout the country,” said Dianne Nelson, President & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Sanctuary.  “During our rides guests will see how these incredibly beautiful creatures are able to live freely in a protected environment,” added Nelson.

Cost for the two-day trip is only $435 per person, and the three-day trip is $535 per person.

Wild Horse Sanctuary Credit WHS A nonprofit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses and burros.  The Wild Horse Sanctuary has served as a haven for these disappearing symbols of the American West since 1978 and provides rescued wild horses 5,000 acres to roam free and live out their natural lives. The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California, approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento.

To learn more about the Wild Horse Sanctuary, book a trail ride reservation, or make a donation, call (530) 474-5770 or visit

The Port of San Diego's 32nd Annual Day at the Docks

Don't Miss this one-of-a-kind event Sunday, April 17, 2011

San Diego Day at the Dock Credit Gary Graham 3The Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks celebrates the beginning of the sportfishing season and showcases what is recognized as the world's largest, most modern sportfishing fleet at America’s Cup Harbor on San Diego Bay. The fleet is famous for its first-class accommodations and access to some of the best saltwater sportfishing.

Many of the fleets vessels will be open for inspection and others will offer introductory boat rides on the bay. Onboard seminars with Captains and 
crew plus an all-star lineup of experts will present 'how-to' seminars covering every aspect of sportfishing including catch preparation demos for everyone from first timers to seasoned veterans.

San Diego Day at the Dock Credit Gary Graham 6 A backdrop of more than 200 exhibits, manned by experts in their respective fields, will display Fishing Tackle, Marine Art, Clothing, Accessories, Services, and more! There will be raffles of thousands of dollars of fishing equipment donated by sponsors and exhibitors plus live entertainment featuring some of San Diego 's finest.

Other not to be missed activities include: casting competitions, a  Captains' Dunk Tank, and kid's fishing and art contests.  Admission is Free!  Plan to come early and stay late for California's largest sportfishing exposition and the only event of its kind! Even more special this year, Day at the Docks will be wrapped up in a new package as a result of the $3.5 million redevelopment of San Diego's Sportfishing Landings.

Sponsors include:

San Diego Day at the Dock Credit Gary Graham 2West Marine
Sponsoring Kids Fish Free Month of May during the entire month of May the San Diego Bay based sportfishing fleet will take kids fishing FOR FREE on any open party ½ day, ¾ day or full day fishing  trip when accompanied by a paid adult with promotional coupon available at West Marine stores. Hosting a three-seminar series at the Rosecrans store in weeks prior to D@D
Berkley Fishing Products
Penn Fishing Tackle
Okuma Fishing Tackle
Everingham Brothers Bait Co.
    Sponsoring the Kids Fishing Adventure & Kids Fish Free
Douglas Insurance
Catalina Offshore Products & Specialty Produce

    Sponsoring the Cooking Demos with some of San Diego’s top chefs
Casino Pauma
Newest event sponsor



Where Oh Where in California?

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Wanting, for a long time, to share all of these unusual things, places, people, whatever that I discover while exploring or just driving from here to there...this larger than life metal bike sculpture out along a country backroad is just one such item. The sun was shining as it came into view. I was pretty sure it was a bike but then I kept thinking maybe it's some sort of weathervane or fan or whatever. Clearly the bike was correct. So much fun.

But where oh were in California?

Where Oh Where in California Credit Barbara L Steinberg2


Come see where your food is grown! Farm Fresh to You, the organic produce home delivery service, invites the public to its farm in Capay in Yolo County for a farm tour on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm address is: 23800 State Highway 16, Capay, CA  95607.

Farmer/farm co-owner Thaddeus Barsotti will talk to visitors at Q & A sessions about organic farming and produce. There will be two, 30-minute sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Farm tour, crafts, live music, vegetable harvest, Barsotti talk, live farm work demo are highlights of farm event.

In addition, tractor  operator Alex will be cultivating the mixed vegetable fields during the tour. See this live demonstration of the tractor-pulled cultivator that operates using  an array of fixed knives to carefully cut around the vegetables and slice weeds from the beds.

Visitors may head out to the field to pick baby mixed lettuces (red oak, red romaine, green tongue, red butter and green butter) and baby bok choy straight from the earth as part of our harvest activity.

Families can picnic in the farm garden and listen to live bluegrass music from The Bottom Dwellers of Woodland. The tour will also feature a hands-on art activities for kids and adults by Jesse Pruet from Winters. There will also be a market stand selling drinks and fresh produce. 

“Spring is a great time of year to come out for a walk around the farm,” said Barsotti. “The hills are green, and the spring produce is just starting to be harvested. Families, especially the kids, love to see where their food is being grown. I’m looking forward to answering visitors’ farm questions.”

The farm is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 30 minutes west of Sacramento. No RSVP is necessary. Call the Farm Fresh to You office at 800-796-6009 for more information or go to the company website at  and click on the “Events” button.

Admission is $4 for Farm Fresh to You customers, $8 for the general public & free to children under 12.


From the Bay Area:

Take Interstate 80 East to Interstate 505 North. Go approximately 20 miles; exit on Highway 16/Esparto, turn left at the light. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area. 

From Sacramento:

Take Interstate 5 North through Woodland to the Esparto/Highway 16 exit. Turn left; then travel 5-6 miles to second  stoplight. Turn right onto Highway 16. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area. 

Farm Fresh to You was founded in 1992 by Kathleen Barsotti to bring organic produce from the farm to customers at home. Today, Farm Fresh to You is run by her sons, Noah, Thaddeus and Freeman. Originally, Farm Fresh to You had just a few delivery routes, but the company now delivers to thousands of customers in northern and southern California. The company also farms in the Imperial Valley in Southern California. Farm Fresh to You also has a retail store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.