Exploring in your own back yard…

In this brave new world we live in, it’s the perfect time to explore, literally, in your own backyard. Admire the plants and fauna that you find in your yard, from native plants, plants you’ve selected/planted, and native populations of bees, birds, butterflies and more. Take your morning coffee outdoors, and admire the excitement of nature around you.

Or explore nearby parks and recreational opportunities; Stockton offers regional parks like Oak Grove Regional Park, estuaries accessed by trails like the Calaveras River Bike Trail, the downtown Deepwater Channel and Joan Darrah Promenade, or miles of hiking possibilities on the San Joaquin Delta just to the west. Lodi offers Lodi Lake Park, Micke Grove Regional Park, and just north of Thorton, the lovely Cosumnes River Preserve. Lathrop, Manteca and Tracy offer a network of parks and hiking/biking trails, and Caswell Memorial State Park follows the Stanislaus River just south of Ripon.

So, grab those walking shoes and your trekking poles, or your bikes and check out local attractions!

Reach Tim at tviall@msn.com, or follow him atblogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel. Happy travels in your neighborhood!

Egret in marsh, Cosumnes River Preserve.

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