Things to do in Fair Oaks... Walk the American River Bike Trail Year Round

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499

When it comes to things to do in Fair Oaks, I hate to be ninner-nannery about where I live, but you gotta admit, being able to take a river walk like this in April is pretty stupendous. In Fair Oaks, CA, you can do it!  In fact, the river is a great hike year round.

American River Parkway, April 2011, by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor

While much of the country is freezing now, Fair Oaks is basking in the warmth of a Spring sun.  Walkers and joggers are out in full force enjoying our glorious American River Bike Trail, which meanders along the American River from Folsom to downtown Sacramento for a few dozen miles.Foot Bridge at the American River, Fair Oaks, by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor

On today's walk, I watched as a river otter surfaced, then dove into the cold churning water below the bike bridge, searching for tasty morsels.  He cracked me up as his little face popped out of the water with sharp teeth grinding away.  Mmmm...

River otter in the American River by the Sunrise Bridge, Fair Oaks, CA

A little further down the trail, we watched as two teens dipped their jacket into a shallow pool in the trail.  What the heck ya doin??? The laundry...?

"Na... we're trying to save the baby Chinooks... Salmon.  They're trapped in this pool and will die if we don't save them. You can tell them by their little spots." 

Oh really?  They're so small I can barely see them, but it's good to know we will have a few more next season because of this guy. And his jacket/net. What a guy!  And people think teens are only about themselves!

Trying to save the chinook salmon, the hard way

Continuing along, we see a line of horses on a trail ride, moseying along the equestrian trail. Yeah, they leave a little lot of poop, but aren't they cool?

Trail ride along the American River Equestrian Trail.

As we return back over the bike bridge, we see this guy with his little son, engaged in the ancient right of passage called Learning How to Fish.  His little pole was about 22" long, but Hey... it was in the water.  Dad held onto his belt buckle to keep him from falling.  It was the cutest thing ever.

I'm not sure if the kid was hoping he WOULD or WOULD NOT catch a fish.  Not sure his little pole could even hold one of those  Chinook minnows!  But he sure had fun trying.

It was a glorious day.  I "heart" Fair Oaks!

fishing on the American River at the Sunrise Bridge

 There are plenty of furn Things To Do in Fair Oaks, if you keep your eyes open.

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Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Those pics are just beautiful!  Nice job...makes me want to be there!

Apr 17, 2011 02:14 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sally, ninner-nannery away, I love to learn all about the beautiful places we all live and sell real estate in! And of course, I know buyers love it too.

Apr 17, 2011 02:17 PM #2
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Virginia - I pinch myself every time we take a walk on the river.  How lucky I am to live here, and to be able to reach this while walking from my home.

Andrea - OK... I'll keep ninner nannering....

Apr 17, 2011 02:25 PM #3
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

You know Sally, all the years we've lived here and have never walked the American River Trail.  Looks like something we should make a point to do!!!

Apr 17, 2011 05:10 PM #4
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

We are all moving where you are Sally. What a blessing as our travel guide. A river otter, horses on trails? Amazing area. Sometimes you see the most when you just slow down and take a walk. The American River is the place to be, courtesy of Sally Dunbar. Hey where's the video? LOL. Took a day off in that department did ya??? You're the best out there showing Fair Oaks from such a perspective that ONLY you can bring us with your talented self ....

Apr 19, 2011 10:03 AM #5
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

DeeDee - Get yourself down to the trail.  come to Fair Oaks one morning and I'll give you aguided tour.

And Gary - You are welcome any time. In fact you can help me video the next one! You are a stitch.

Apr 19, 2011 12:51 PM #6
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

There is somehow something really wonderful about being around a must speak to the the distant history of the species.

Apr 19, 2011 03:02 PM #7
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Jim - You are right.  To think this water has been travelling this same route for eons... pretty amazing.

Apr 19, 2011 05:53 PM #8
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