By JASON CAMPBELL
209 staff reporter
So it’s spring.
That means flowers and sunshine and melting snow and chirping birds and picnics and fun.
So if you’re looking for a place to take in the sights and sounds of the spring season, you have to look no further than the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its winding maze of arms and offshoots that provide both beauty and recreation for those willing to soak up the sun.
Here are a few places worth venturing out to if you’re in the mood for something fun, unique and local.
*Isleton: There’s a lot more to this place than just the bridge. Besides its unique placement on the Sacramento River. It’s further up than a lot of the Delta places that get most of the recognition during the summer, but its charming history and historic districts – once settled by both Chinese and Japanese families – make it something worth checking out while on an afternoon drive. Despite having less than 1,000 people, the Mayberry feel makes it a surefire stop if you’re up for an adventure.
*Rio Vista: If you go west from Lodi on Highway 12, eventually you’ll end up here – the quaint riverside community nestled in Solano County that despite being 60 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, has been graced by humpback whales that migrate up the channels. Like many of these river towns, drawbridges are a staple to allow boat traffic up from the busy San Francisco Bay. So if it’s a slow stroll down the river searching for wildlife and the beautiful flowers that spring up when the sun finally comes out permanently is your thing, this is definitely a stop that you want to make.
*Walnut Grove: Much like other Delta destinations, Walnut Grove had a flourishing Chinese and Japanese population that came to the area during the gold rush for agriculture, making this Mokelumne River spot something worth seeing. The Grand Isle Mansion – which has hosted Presidents and dignitaries from around the world – is beautiful in its own right, and spring is a wonderful season to enjoy Sunday brunch and tour the manicured grounds. With the town occupying both sides of the river, the backdrop is extremely picturesque and worth checking out on a Sunday drive.
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