|A nice present while hiking on Folsom Lake trail on Christmas Day|
We're here visiting Katie's folks in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.
This has allowed me to play each day in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area within feet of their lovely home.
This 19,200 acre area is full of hiking and horse trails that wind alongside and above the lake through the massive granite boulders that litter the hillsides. The lake is formed by a dam on one of the forks of the American River.
The trail system is part of the National Scenic Trails System and is varied and well-marked.
It has been fun to run into other hikers, runner, mountain-bikers and horseback riders.
We've had rain off and on for the first several days we were here, but the last two days have been sunny and warm with temperatures in the 60s.
Of course, I miss the sharp, cold air of Montana and the new snow.
But, I'm making the most of this trip and have been walking about 10 miles a day, enjoying the live oaks, the wild turkeys and deer, the greenery (!), and even the humidity.