SF Bay Osprey Days


SF Bay Osprey Days, like other animal centric festivals in Northern California (Yolo Basin Duck Days, CA Swan Festival) offers presentations and tours focusing on a specific local animal, in this case, the Osprey.

Local Osprey populations had declined in Bay Area in the mid century, most likely due to the wide spread use of the pesticide DDT. With DDT’s banning in the 1970s the Osprey had made a significant, if somewhat slow recovery.

The festival is held a smallish, but cute building on the old Mare Island Naval base.

Humans weren’t the only ones enjoying the day.

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Sacramento Comic Con 2015


Admission: $40 and up

Sacramento Comic Con, part of Wizard World’s national convention tour, is a yearly event held at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event, like many similarly named Comic Cons focuses on sci fi and fanstasy in books, movies, comics, video games and more.

The event features panels on all kinds of subjects, a huge merch floor, artist alley, video and table top gaming, costume contests and special guests (Q&A sessions, autgraphs and photos).

Always nice to see that stated.

I wouldn’t think that geeks would be the target audience for this marktet, but OK.

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Humbug Day Malakoff Diggins


Admission: $8 per car

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, established in 1964, protects the largest hydraulic mining sites in California. Every year the park hosts Humbug Day in the former town of North Bloomfield, which celebrates the history of the area with reenactors, a parade, crafts, food and opens many of the historic buildings for viewing.

*Note: If you are heading toward North Bloomfield, be sure to take the Tyler-Foote Crossing Rd directions in, that road if fully paved and much easier to navigate than North Bloomfield Rd, which many sections are gravel and causes slow going

North Bloomfield was formerly Named Humbug (due to lack of initial success in finding gold in the area), hence, Humbug Day.

One of the giant water cannons used in hydraulic mining.

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Admission: $30 for adults, $20 for kids.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, located on the Embarcadero at Pier 15, has been described by the New York Times as “the most important science museum to have opened since the mid-20th century”. The Exploratorium opened in 1969 at the Palace of the Fine Arts in 1969 and was one of the first “participatory” musuems.

The Exploratorium features exhibits on numerous different sciences, including light, sound, construction, human behaviour, and nature, and all are very interactive. Most exhibits are probably best for older kids and pre-teens, but younger kids and adults can have quite a lot of fun here too.

Cute little kinetic butterflies.

Toilet drinking fountain.

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Matchbook Wine Company


Matchbook Wine Company http://crewwines.com/ The Matchbook Wine Company, owned by the Giguiere family, is located in Zamora, CA on a very large stretch of land that’s kinda in the middle of nowhere. Matchbook has four brands: Matchbook Wines (Chardonnay, Syrah, …


Foresthill Divide Museum


Foresthill Divide Museum http://foresthillhistory.net/ Admission: Free The town of Foresthill came into being, like most of the towns in the area, because of the gold rush. It officially became a town in 1850 and by 1880 it was one of …


Animal Ark Reno


Animal Ark Reno http://animalark.org/ Admission: $10 Opened in 1981, Animal Ark acts as a home and sanctuary for numerous unreleasable animals in a safe and educational environment. Most of the animals are North American, but there are a few more …


Mono Lake Visitor Center


Mono Lake Visitor Center http://www.monolake.org/visit/vc Admission: Free Mono Lake is a large salt lake in Mono County that was formed at least 760,000 years ago. It has several incoming streams but no outlets, which is what gives it is high …


Walk on the Wild Side Festival


Walk on the Wildside Festival http://www.regionalsan.com/event/walk-wildside Admission: Free The Walk on the Wildside Festival is a wildlife festival in Freemont, CA at Beachlake park. The festival features guided and self guided hikes, presentations by Wild Things, Inc., music, puppet shows …


Double Eagle Resort and Spa


Double Eagle Resort and Spa http://doubleeagle.com/ Prices: $169 for resort rooms, $250-$270 for two bedroom cabins. The Double Eagle Resort and Spa is located in June Lake, in Mono County, and about 12 miles form the eastern entrance to Yosemite …