The Discovery Park American River Trail includes about 32 miles of trail. On Saturday, we covered about four of them (8 miles total, out and back). It’s smack in the middle of Sacramento, and when you’re there it’s easy to forget that just over the grassy hills is a bustling city filled with traffic and office buildings.
It was a nice escape for the day. I highly recommend it, and here are five of the reasons why:
1. The ghost trees
This grove of blackened trees is the remnant of a somewhat recent fire that has marred the area. While signs of life are returning, these ghost trees still stand, a silent reminder of the past.
As I rode along, I kept thinking I could smell licorice. Finally I spotted it: Anise plants springing up along the path. Long spindly reeds sprouted out of bushy green ferns on the ground. I remembered back to when I was little and my dad showed me how to tear off pieces of the plant and chew it, like it was candy. Although I couldn’t stop and try some, it was a nice little reminder.
3. This not-so-hidden gem
I love finding little surprises like this. They make me happy. They also make me stop to take a photo and then have to pedal harder to catch up.
4. Train tracks
New, old, wood or concrete. There’s just something about trains that I love.
5. The walking bridge at Sac State
It’s a replica of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. I haven’t walked across the real-life version (yet), but this was pretty fun, too. Also, as a bonus, check out my talented husband riding downhill, with no hands, through the concrete poles at the end of the bridge. No teeth were lost, and no bones were broken. That’s talent.
Bonus: the wildlife
Can you see the snake? Luckily we did, before we got too close!