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Whew! It’s HOT right now here in Roseville, CA. Well actually, it WAS really hot this past week while I was helping with our Vacation Bible School. And it WILL be really hot come Tuesday or Wednesday – perhaps as high as 109! But over the weekend it stayed a relatively “cool” 95-ish and I headed for one of the most beautiful walking trails near me in West Roseville.
I followed the dirt road along lush trees, dead trees, and in between trees. I had fun snapping photos right, left, up and down of flora, fauna, and bug foes and friends.
After walking through the Blue Oaks, Quail Glen, Woodcreek Oaks, and Junction West Neighborhood Associations’ areas, I came up alongside Pleasant Grove with Sun City on the other side. I noticed that Sun City residents can actually take a bit of a shortcut under Pleasant Grove along what looks to be a dry creek bed – something I think a lot of the walking trails have right now, due to the California drought weather we’ve been experiencing.
I was happy to see that, in spite of no rain, there are many flowers blooming including these pretty in pink ones.
The water ponds, fountains, and falls at Sun City are lovely. And since they are using recycled water and other water-saving options, we can enjoy them with no guilt. 🙂 They are quite large, but I’ve enjoyed seeing several smaller and beautiful home garden decor ideas with a fountain or other lovely water feature. And check out the cute duck. Better yet, enjoy the video showing the cute duck’s family. And by the way, did you know the ponds at the entrance to Sun City have fish in them? I didn’t either! No, we can’t fish in it. But we can certainly enjoy looking to see if we can spot any walking alongside on Pleasant Grove along with duck-watching, turkey watching, AND egret watching!
As I meandered along side this lovely master planned community of delightful golf courses and retirement homes, I enjoyed plenty of shade trees and great views of the golf course on one side
with delightful homes and tile roofs on the other.
My folks have lived in Sun City in the past. I love the way Sun City has so many drought-friendly lawns throughout. It makes upkeep much easier and it takes a lot of pressure off the residents during these seasons of drought. And for the most part they continue to look really nice, even years after they are installed.
I have noticed that the Pulte 55 plus homes at The Club at Westpark by Del Webb also have a mixture of turf lawns and drought-tolerant lawn designs. They do seem to have a few more turf lawns. Both look quite lovely, but with this prolonged drought, the latter is definitely a nice perk.
As I walked today, I remembered that Roseville CA often offers classes on redoing your landscaping with drought-tolerant options. Isn’t that a great idea. Yet another reason I love Roseville CA! If you’re interested, check their website or their Park and Recreations book for more info.
Well, as you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed my walk along with whatever shade I found throughout. It may be another week or two before I do this again, unless I can get out REALLY early. I shall definitely be looking for cool things to do in and around Roseville CA, which I suspect will involve a lot of computer work, house hunting in air conditioned homes, and maybe a peek at a park or two along the way.
Of course, not all the walking trails OR the parks in Roseville, CA have great shade. Some are newer parks with growing trees. Some are more wide open for other activities. So it pays to plan ahead. Royer Park in Central Roseville (in the picture above), Maidu, and Cresthaven are three of the parks in Roseville CA that I like that do have lots of shade. (They are all older parks with lovely and mature landscaping). Royer and Saugstad Park are both along Dry Creek with quite a bit of shade for several portions of the walking trail. And starting early in the day before it gets too hot can be a big help. Not to mention wearing a hat, some sunscreen, and taking a bottle of water.
I must say, I do love that there are so many fun things to do and see here in Roseville CA. One of the many reasons I love living here!
Do you have any favorite shady sections along one of the many beautiful walking trails we enjoy here in Roseville CA? We’d love to hear.
P.P.S. Interested in what homes might be available specifically in the 55+ retirement and golf communities in Roseville, CA? Give me a call at 916-768-0127 or email us at KayeSwainRE@gmail.com. We’d love to help you with all your real estate needs. 🙂