January outdoor events make for travel inspiration!

Bald Eagle Tours are coming soon to Pardee and Comanche Reservoirs, Jan. 10 and 24!

With sunny skies and mild temperatures, even in the Sierra foothills, several upcoming events make for good reason to travel an hour or so for you outdoors lovers!

The 2015 International Sportsmen’s Exposition – Sacramento is going on right now, our area’s largest gathering of outdoor sports equipment, programs and inspiration for fishermen, boaters, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.  It’s held at Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds, Sacramento, California, runs from Thursday, January 08, 2015 through Sunday, January 11, 2015.  Hours are Thursday, 11:00 – 8:00 pm; Friday, 11:00 – 8:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $15.00, Children (15 and under): FREE; Parking: $10.00 per car. For information; http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/2015/sacramento/ or call 800-545-6100.

Take a Bald Eagle Viewing Tour, at Pardee and Comanche Reservoirs, on Saturdays, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24, 2015, with morning and afternoon tours.  These tours are led by EBMUD Rangers on pontoon bots with metal seats and side rails, but are unprotected from wind – tour-goers should dress for cold and/or windy weather!  Tours are recommended for adults and children age 7 and older (kids younger than that get bored, notes EBMUD).  Bring binoculars, warm drinks and snacks.  With limited number of seats, reservations are required: call 209.772.8204.

This is also the time of year when scores of birds of all size, shape and variety pass through our nearby wetlands.  See recent articles by Pete Otteson in the Record, who profiles destinations like the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, just north on Interstate 5 near Elk Grove.  Another local favorite is the Consumnes River Preserve, just north of Thornton and only 20 minutes from Stockton.  Take binoculars, cameras, warm clothes and hot drinks and enjoy the show of nature’s finery!

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog: http://blogs.eSanJoaquin.com/Valley travel; to contact me, tviall@msn.com.

Happy winter travels in the West!


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