Gratitude Post 1: Grateful to Live Near The American River Parkway

Real Estate Agent

One of the assets we have in the Greater Sacramento Region is the American River Parkway.  I feel especially blessed to live within a couple blocks of it.  

The American River Parkway is an urban treasure, which spans 23 miles, and covers 4,800 acres.  It stretches along the American River, from Old Sacramento to the City of Folsom.

No matter what troubles are percolating at home or abroad, a short walk, bike ride, or even drive to the Parkway, can transport one into a different realm - One where nature sets the world right once again.

Several times each month, I find my way to The American River Parkway, to take in serene views of the river, the fauna and flora. I especially enjoy seeing critters that reside there.  Often, there will be deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, raccoons, and occasionally, even a coyote or two.

Yesterday, on my way home from the gym, where I swim or workout, a sudden downpour of rain occurred.  It was quickly followed by clearing skies, and a rainbow.  I made a detour to the Parkway.  Here are a few photos of what I saw.
Scene along the American River Parkway, after a torrential downpour.
This deer was from a group of about 5 or 6, including a buck, a doe, and yearlings.

For those in the Greater Sacramento region, or are visiting the area, who want more information about the American River Parkway.  You can visit the American River Parkway Foundation website at:

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Myrl Jeffcoat ActiveRain Signature

Comments (25)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have spent many hours on that parkway too. It is a real jewel in the area and I am glad you get to enjoy it so often. 

Nov 10, 2022 02:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - rainbows are more surprises that nature generously shares.  It seems you have found the ideal place to live.  

Nov 10, 2022 02:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Thanks for sharing your photographs.

Nov 10, 2022 03:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl,

What a wonderful gratitude post for the November challenge! Your photos are spectacular and I never tire of rainbows. They warm my heart whenever i see them. You live in an amazing part of our country and can see why you love living there. You have needed rain so I'm glad you received it especially at the beginning of the week. I'm going to LA today to help celebrate my sisters 80th birthday tomorrow and it should be nice weather!

Nov 10, 2022 04:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... beyond beautiful. You are fortunate to live amongst such beauty. And what a creative post to our gratitude challenge this month.

Nov 10, 2022 04:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How pretty! I would definitely be exploring that parkway on a regular basis!

Nov 10, 2022 04:34 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Meryl.  Your location near the American River Parkway has many of us here in the Rain a bit jealous. Enjoy your visits there.

Nov 10, 2022 05:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl Jeffcoat,  I love being around animals in the wild and would love to retire some where that I can see deer or elk daily.


Nov 10, 2022 07:54 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a good resource and something to be enjoyed as you visit like you do. I enjoyed your photos as well especially following the rain.

Nov 10, 2022 08:13 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I identify that smell after fresh rain as cleansing renewal.

Aura Alex - Tuesday was such an eventful day.  There was the rain, the rainbow, a total lunar eclipse and the election.  Perhaps, the rainbow a harbinger of surprises, indicated the surprise election results.

Ray Henson - As a fellow Greater Sacramento resident, you know the treasure we have in the American River Parkway.

Nov 10, 2022 09:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Michael Jacobs - I've traveled around the country enough to know there are many special places in America.  However, I've lived in the Greater Sacramento region all my life.  It's home to me.

Roy Kelley - Thanks!

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - The rain seemed to warm the mood of so many Sacramentans I saw while out and about the last few days.

Nov 10, 2022 09:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nina Hollander, Broker - I do feel fortunate living here.  There is so much to see, not only in Sacramento, but within a 100 mile radius.  There's Napa - Sonoma Wine Country, Gold Country, San Francisco, just to name a few.  And, if you stretch another 40 miles on top of those 100, you can find yourself in Yosemite.

Kat Palmiotti - I took another drive through the Parkway this morning.  The deer were out, playing in the fog.  A few Wild Turkeys were gathered together beneath an Oak tree.  It never gets old.  

Nov 10, 2022 09:32 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Wayne Martin - Never sell Chicago short.  It has it's own unique features.  I've never been there, other than to fly through there to other destinations.  But, I've always thought it was neat that they turn the river green on St. Patrick's Day.

Will Hamm - I live so close to the Parkway, that I've sometimes been overrun by wildlife in my own yard.  I don't get deer, but when I had a small pond, I attracted raccoons, opossums, skunks, etc.  One year, I managed to live trap 22 raccoons and opossums, and relocate them to the Parkway.  I quit trapping when a skunk managed to get under my house.  I wouldn't know how to handle one of those, should I have trapped it.

Nov 10, 2022 09:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl,

I can certainly see why you enjoy the American River Parkway.  It is a true blessing to live this close.  I understand how you feel.  You don't have to drive a long way to enjoy peace and serenity.

Nov 10, 2022 10:54 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Gorgeous rainbow at the American River Parkway, Myrl! The wildlife would also be fun to watch as they go babout their way. My husband has live-trapped a few skunks and he sneaks up behind them and throws a dark tarp over the trap so the skunk doesn't get excited and spray. He then transports them to more rural settings!

Nov 10, 2022 12:47 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl we all need a place like your American River Parkway to just chill out and get away from everything.  You are blessed to be so close to this special place.

Nov 10, 2022 02:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, Myrl, that is absolutely something for which to be grateful and thank you so much for sharing it in our November Gratitude challenge. 

Like you, I love rainbows and the smell after a nice rain! How wonderful too, is it that you are able to experience the beauty and the nature, right there in Sacramento. I know you love your area and loved selling it when you were active.

Happy Friday!

Nov 11, 2022 09:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Myrl- Can you tell that we all love rainbows!!!  I remember your writing about the American River Parkway before and found it so interesting!!! You know when a place is special to you when you write with great pride about it...just as you do!!!  Keep up those road trips. 

Nov 11, 2022 05:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Nov 12, 2022 04:47 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - In your first photograph, I love how the vivid rainbow cuts through the dark and cloudy skies. I especially like the gorgeous fall foliage that seems to lift the rainbow on their tippy tops! The scene along the American River Parkway makes me wish I was walking or riding down the street! It is surrounded by beauty and the all powerful storm brewing makes it even more magical and alluring! It looks like a beautiful, fresh wet painting! Your close up of the deer is greatly appreciated. It is the most favorite animal I am most likely to see in the wild and I feel strongly connected to deer. 

Although I never visited your world, I can certainly understand how the American River Parkway "can transport one into a different realm!" I gravitate towards this type of life's beauty. You are fortunate to have experienced it all the years you live in the area. What an American gift to be proud of and the beauty of your writing and photography is a gift to all of us lucky enough to read your blogs. 

Thank you, Myrl. 

Nov 14, 2022 03:23 AM