Fall brings us great weather, and great activities

Shelby Young and Shelby Young

Fall is in the air. The leaves are changing from green to shades of red, orange, and yellow; the weather is becoming crisp and chilly; and how we spend our free time is different than what we do in summer.

Sacramento- Take the underground tour of the city and discover the history of Old Sacramento. After you have filled your brain with the knowledge of the city and what it has to offer, head on over to Rick’s Dessert Diner to enjoy some seasonal desserts such as Mixed Berry Pie, Pear Spice Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Try the Chocolate Fudge Brownies and Cream Puffs; they’re great.

Auburn- Although it is about 28 minutes away, Auburn can take us on a lovely hike on the Lake Clementine Trail. Remember to be safe and follow safety tips such as: bring plenty of water, dress appropriately, never go alone and don’t stay out past dusk. After a long, relaxing hike, stop by Ikeda’s Market for some delicious baked goods and burgers. The Tasty Burger is one of the best in California.

Apple Hill- About one hour away, Apple Hill is located between Camino and Placerville. Boa Vista Orchards is the place to get the best apples of several varieties, such as Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and many more. Visit the arts and crafts vendors, stop by the grocery store, or walk in to the food service counter to get some delicious apple-based foods. Abel’s Apple Acres is the spot to fill your belly with barbecue and caramel apples. Afterward, take a pony or hay ride and walk through the pumpkin patch. High Hill Ranch is the place to get your farmed-apple milkshake, and at Rainbow Orchards you can find amazing apple cider doughnuts.

Folsom- Only 23 minutes away, you can take a hike down Rattlesnake Bar, located in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Rattlesnake Bar, on the Pioneer Express Trail, is a 4.3-mile roundtrip hike, taking two hours with a 115-foot elevation gain. Ride down the Darrington Mountain Bike Trail, a single-track bike trail that runs for 7.7 miles through the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

San Francisco Bay- At an hour and 42 minutes away, it is a bit of a drive, but the San Francisco Bay has so much to offer; especially great and free activities. Take a drive on the Golden Gate Bridge, walk through the San Francisco Botanical Garden, play around in the Exploratorium, or even walk the piers, including the famous Pier 39. Be sure to stick around at night so that you can see the beautiful city lights on the bay.

Fall doesn’t last for much longer, so enjoy it while it lasts before we come face-to-face with the freezing weather of winter.