February 24, 2013

Escapes: Fort Bragg Whale Run and Walk

Run with the whales, sort of See migrating gray whales while enjoying a scenic 5K or 10K race at Fort Bragg.


Run with the whales, sort of

See migrating gray whales while enjoying a scenic 5K or 10K race at Fort Bragg.

The 29th annual Whale Run and Walk starts at 8 a.m. March 16. The course covers coastal prairies, sandstone bluffs and pristine beaches where participants can spot the massive mammals making their way north from Baja California to the Bering Sea. A kids race starts at 7:40 a.m.

Organizers expect more than 700 people to attend this run with "spectacular sea and sky vistas, the freshest ocean breeze anywhere, and an occasional offshore spout."

To register, visit The event costs $10-$30.

For more information, contact Joyce Gilbertson at (707) 962-0211 or email


Tule elk herd grows

Herds of peaceful tule elk await you at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, 10 miles southeast of Fairfield in the Suisun Marsh.

Fish & Wildlife staff recently counted at least 185 of these creatures, a record for Grizzly Island. When you arrive, stop by the office to find out where they're hanging out that day. You might get lucky and see one of the season's first white-spotted tule elk calves, typically born in the spring.

Don't forget to check out the other wildlife there, including river otters, migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and Western pond turtles.

Grizzly Island offers a seven-mile self-guided tour and is open from dawn to dusk. For more information, call (707) 425-3828 or visit


Lynch Canyon raptor hike

Hike Lynch Canyon in Solano County for an opportunity to see migrating and overwintering birds of prey.

On March 3, the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team will take hikers to spot eagles, hawks and other raptors. In the past, participants have spied golden eagles, Cooper's hawks and American kestrels.

Everyone is welcome, but be prepared to hike at least four miles in rugged terrain.

RSVP to Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 or The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is free, but a donation is suggested. Lynch Canyon is located at 3100 Lynch Road, Vallejo.


Travel slide shows

Tour the world from a sitting position at the World Travel for Armchair Travelers club meeting from 6-8 p.m. March 3 at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. There will be slide-show presentations on Romania, Cairo and Jordan.


Orienteering event

Learn useful navigation skills during the Gold Country Orienteers event March 16 at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in Granite Bay.

Orienteering is a sport in which you use "a detailed map, compass and a set of clues, to navigate from point to point to find a series of designated checkpoints." You can do the sport as a race, as a hike or on a bike ride.

The meet runs 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for GCO members and $7 for nonmembers for individuals, plus $2 for each additional member in a group.

Parking is $12. Look for orange-and-white orienteering signs. For more information, visit or contact Norbert at (916) 847-6324 or

– Richard Chang


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

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