Marysville Historic Faire army

Marysville Historic Faire

The 1st Annual Marysville Historic Faire took place is the historic Marysville disctrict and featured displays, tours, performers and vendors all with the goal of celebrating Marysville’s history.

Marysville Historic Faire purple tractor
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lavender tractor. It’s quite cute.

Marysville Historic Faire tractor wagon
It’s a…wagon tractor. I’m not sure what the point is, but OK.

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Chico Snow Goose Festival

Chico Snow Goose Festival

The Chico Snow Goose Festival is in it’s 17th year and takes place over five days each January in Chico. Field trips, workshops, presentations, vendors and more are all dedicated to the wild birds of the area.

Chico Snow Goose Festival goose
It’s not a nature festival without dead animals.

Chico Snow Goose Festival otter

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Galt winter bird fest owl

Galt Winter Bird Festival

Admission: Free (field trips run $10-$40)

The Galt Winter Bird Festival is in it’s 9th year and is a celebration of the numerous migrating birds that make their home in the Galt area during the winter.

The festival is hosted by the City of Galt in conjunction with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School Districts and features presentations, vendors, guest speakers, field trips and many booths.

Galt winter bird fest parking lot
Wow, that’s a much bigger crowd than I was expecting.

Galt winter bird fest busses
Oooh, do we get busses for the field trips? That’s pretty cool.

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Admission: Free

Point Reyes National Seashore, located on the Point Reyes Penninsula in Marin County, became a National Seashore in 1962 to protect the land from potential development (some historic ranches are still allowed to operate on the land).

The Point Reyes National Seashore Has an amazing amount of wild animals, not only including the traditional birds and dear of the area, but it’s also a great place to see elephant seals, one of the few places to see the still very rare tule elk and you can even occasionally spot migrating grey whales.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center, the main visitor center at the seashore and the first major stopping point after entering the seashore.

Apprently the visitor center is very big on their elephant seals. Walking in and right into this guy is pretty entertaining.

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Historic Marysville


Historic Marysville Incorporated in 1850, Marysville quickly prospered due to its strategic location during the gold rush. Named after Mary Murphy Covilluad, a survivor of the Donnor Party, and located on the banks of the Yuba River, Marysville was …


Cosumnes River Preserve


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Old Sacramento Theater of Lights


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Monterey Zoo


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Sacramento Capitol Area Walking Tour


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Vela Cafe


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