On a more positive note we were able to enjoy a couple of days at the Sacramento NWR during Thanksgiving weekend. All we can say is, awesome! Great weather, plenty of birds and other wildlife, and lots of great photos.
1 million snow geese migrate from the arctic to winter in Sac NWR! ONE MILLION! Plus other ducks, geese, cranes, hawks, eagles, and owls. There is a 6 mile auto tour that circles part of the refuge that grants plenty of birding and photography opportunities.
If you are traveling I-5 near Williams follow the signs and make the time to take the self-guided auto-tour. And if you have never been to Granzella's Deli in Williams, you are missing a lot of fun and great food! We always make it a 'must stop' every time we are passing by.
Since Jim's surgery was at UC Davis Med Ctr in Sac and very early in the morning, we decided to leave the day before. Jim has always wanted to visit Effie Yeaw Nature Center along the American River. With just his point and shoot and only a couple of hours to spend, we had a ball. If you haven't been there, do it. What a great place, and be sure to stop by the Visitors Center. Lots of deer, turkey, hawks, and plenty of birds. It is a little tricky to get to but check Google maps. It is between Sunrise and Watt off of Fair Oaks.
For now Jim will be recovering and as soon as he has enough energy he will probably be on his laptop posting more blogs. Until then, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Addendum: Today is Dec. 26 and it is the kind of day that makes you remember why you live in snow country. For the last week or so it has been snowing, blowing and just pretty miserable. Today the sky is blue, the snow is deep powder, the trees are flocked with the white stuff and you couldn't ask for a better day. If you live in the Sierra's or are close you must come up. It is awesome! Maybe later we can grab a picture or two and post them.