Posted by: scrabblequeen | May 29, 2009

Weekend Update

No, not Saturday Night Live style. No Jane Curtain here!

Hubby Dearest had a three day weekend, Friday -Sunday, so I thought we ought to do something fun while we had the chance. (His three day weekend was to be followed by a twelve day week) Friday we were good kids, and went to appointments and did what we ought to do; but Saturday we played.

First, we slept in late. Then we lounged around a bit, reading books and blogs, then the boys took the dogs for a walk while I fixed brunch for the four of us. I served coffee for Dearest, Golden Summer (my Adagio blend) tea for the rest of us, crispy bacon and warm home-made blueberry scones with butter and jam. Fresh strawberries rounded out the meal.

After the clean-up was done, we lounged around some more! However, since it was a beautiful day, I was determined to leave the house and venture out into nature, at least for a while. The boys took off for whatever they had planned, and Jim and I set out for the U.C. Davis arboretum for a nice stroll.

It must have been nearly 3:00 pm by the time we parked by Mrak Hall. Back in the dark ages, when I attended Davis, Mrak Hall was the main Admin building. I have no clue what it’s current function is.
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Mrak Hall
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First thing we saw as we headed onto the Putah Creek path was this bluejay.
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blue jay
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The view from the first bridge we came to, looking west down Putah Creek
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putah creek
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The creek ranges from only a few feet wide to as many as 30-40 ft across at it’s widest point. There are several foot bridges across the creek, built in various styles. I rather like this one, near the eastern end of the arboretum, just past the tunnel. (coming soon)
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bridge n path
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The tunnel. At first glance it’s not much to look at, but when you enter it, you will find one whole side of the tunnel’s walls are painted, mostly with a mural. But first, you will see a “book” open to a page about bugs.
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bug book
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Then, the mural fills the rest of the wall. It took me three shots to get most of it! You can’t step back very far from the wall. (something about a creek going through the tunnel, too)
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Section 1
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section 1
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Section 2
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section 2
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Section 3
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section 3
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I really enjoy walking along the creek at the arboretum. We got to see ducks, and ducklings, and geese, and flowers and trees of many descriptions, too. There are planty of markers so you know what you are looking at, and the flora is divided into sections by country or area to which the plants are native.

I took many other photos, but I’ll save most of them for another time. We strolled all the way to the eastern end of the walkway, which lets out into the parking lot of a nice little shopping area, wherein lies one of my favorite stores; Borders bookstore! We grabbed a little Linner at the hamburger place before entering the wonderful, coffee-scented haven full of books, Dvds, and CDs. I had a nice, fat gift card to use, so we had some fun picking out a few gifts and a few things for us, too.

By the time we returned to the creek-side path, the sun was coming low in the west. I’ll leave you with last photo for now, and will hopefully finish up the Memorial weekend before this one is over too!
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oak over creek

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Responses

  1. Beautiful! Brunch sounded lovely too. Which reminds me, my stomach is growling and we’ve almost missed lunch!

  2. Great photos! Looks like a fun day.

    (And I’m with chanknits- your brunch makes me hungry!)


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