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2011 Monday Night Skates (Leaving 3rd & S at 7:00 p.m.)

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Date Information As of 11/05/2007: Monday Night Skate leaves at 7:00 p.m. sharp.)
December 26, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Mid-town Meander

Graphic link to Ice skating at 7th and K  on the December 26, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 26, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian posing at the 7th and K ice skating rink on the December 26, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian.

I showed up for the 12/26 skate and found the street empty – no skaters, no nothing – just a cold, desolate wasteland of wind-blown debris and factured asphalt. Hmmm – a slight exaggeration but let us go with it. Actually, I was the Solo Man but I came to skate so skate I shall! 2 new photos and a new map. For a photo of 7th and K ice skating, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a photo of Brian posing at the 7th and K ice skating rink, click above on the right.

I chose to just wander toward CSUS via the main streets of Sac thus to check out the sights at the Downtown Ice Rink , the restaurant/club scene along J with a return on the solitude of M St.

The Ice Rink was packed and had a very vibrant crowd out enjoying the perfect skate conditions (slight breeze, cold, clear air). I snapped a few pictures on my ancient Motorola cellphone then continued my solo sojourn. I took the short skate on the K Street Roll to check out the happenings on the four blocks open to vehicle traffic – not a thing was going on - everyone must be over at the Ice Rink :-) . Turning north on 12th, I traveled to J St and decided to jog over one block to skate in front of the historic Elks Tower on 11th St. The upper floors are being converted to a private residence – the penthouse will be rockin’. Envy, envy, envy – I think this is one of Sacramento's most amazing architectural landmarks!

One block further north I turned east to skate I St where I eventually turned south again at 20th St and then turned east on J. I took J all the way out to the Elvas Ave/57th St Loop where I turned south on 58th and connected with M St. The CSUS campus was my goal but I just wasn't feeling it anymore so I started to return leg to finish this motha'.

M St to 35th St to L St to Alhambra to Capitol Ave was my path back to the start of the skate. I passed along the N St side of Capitol Park turned south on 7th St and then cut through the Capitol Towers apartment complex to connect with 4th St. A few more turns left then right then left then right and I was back at the start point on S St.

The weather was perfect for skating and I covered about 10 miles.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 19, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Xmas Xcursion to Xamine the Old Sac Xmas Light Fantasy Show

Graphic link to larger photo of Old Sacramento light show on the December 19, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 19, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo Brian, Steve, Jacob, and Morgan relaxing after the December 19, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Steve, Morgan, Jacob and I showed up for the 12/19 MNS and our path was pre-ordained by the Old Sac Entertainment Gods – we would be in Old Sac at 7:45 for the Christmas Light Fantasy Show. 2 new photos and a new map. For a photo of the Old Sacramento light show, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a photo of 4 skaters relaxing at Vallejo's after the skate, click above on the right.

Since we had about 25 minutes to kill before the light extravaganza began we decided to meander over to the Downtown Ice Rink; wind our way over to K Street; slide north to I St; sidle over to the Occupy Site at City Hall before sprint in a mad dash west on I to 5th St where we crossed with careless abandon through the Amtrak station parking lot to access the Serpentine Sidewalk Under the Freeways to enter the north end of Old Sac (better than the south end – eh?); whereupon, we snaked our way through Firehouse Alley to J St to Front zStreet to the corner of L St just as the clock struck 7:45 and with enormous fanfare and orchestration from canned music over a PA system and various flashes of light the Christmas Light Fantasy Show began or the crowd was celebrating our entrance into their lives. Sometimes it is hard to tell…

Actually, the light show is a very nice, compact telling of the classic “Night Before Christmas”. It has live action Santa on the upper roof of the one of the buildings along L St and extensive laser and silhouette projections and a few pop-up props to move the storytelling along. (Old Sacramento-theatre-of-lights) On the evening of our visit, the crowd seemed to be enjoying the show and it is worth taking the 1/2 hour to check out.

After the show ended we skated slightly east on L St to 2 nd St; turned south and skate over to Capitol Mall where we turned back west to cross over the Tower Bridge and go into West Sacramento. The new sidewalks on either side of the re-aligned West Cap Boulevard are smooth concrete with gentle inclines. They are perfect for skating and are definitely going to be part of our regular skate routes.

graphic letter We skated past the recently renovated West Cap Bowling Lanes; continued west to the West Sac Arts Center and City Hall. The City Hall has a nice tree set up in front.

Our return trip to the fair City of Sacramento was via the old West Cap Boulevard extension to connect with the aforementioned beautiful, smooth concrete sidewalks leading back up to the Tower Bridge. On the Sacramento side we turned south and skated the Promenade to Dave’s Bridge; crossed over the I-5 chasm with an eventual return to the point of our origination – the Source – mid block on S St between 3 rd and 4 th. The universe was made whole.

graphic letter We all retired to Vallejo’s for après-skate food and conversation. The weather was perfect, the light show interesting, the distance about 5.8 miles and the friendship and exercise priceless.

Keep Skatin’

Brian

December 12, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Monday Night Skate Checks Out Christmas Light Displays

Graphic link to 3 MeetUp photos of the December 12, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Graphic link to Brian's documented Google map of the December 12, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Steve, Gordon and I showed up for the Monday Night Skate on 12/12. A quick decision was made to languidly meander over to the Christmas lights on 53rd and S St with a loop back to the display at 48th and the Hwy 50 overcrossing. Time permitting we would continue into the Fab Forties area north of H50 and eyeball their lights. To see 3 photos from tonight's skate, click on the left. To see a documented Google Map of tonight's skate, click on the right.

To get to our planned destination, we skated east on S St. to 34th St, turned south for a long block to connect to T St. At T we turned east and continued toward the Elmhurst neighborhood; a quick stop was made at the Starbucks, corner of T and Stockton Blvd.

East on T to 53rd St, turning north brought us to the entryway of the lights of Lindhurst. This neighborhood does their lighting in grand style with neat sidewalk hoops running on parts of 53rd St and almost the full length of S St. The gentleman who lives on 53rd St at the tee of S Street often is in full “Santa” attire and sitting on a big red throne - he really loves to keep the “kringle” vibe going especially, for the little ones who are welcomed to sit on his lap and discuss their Christmas wishes...

graphic letter We left the lights on 53rd in search of the lights at the Hwy 50 overcrossing. I made a wrong turn on 51st and found only darkness. We backtracked to T St and continued down to 48th St and found the location we were looking for.

The couple who live at the house just before the H50 overcrossing have put on a full yard display for quite a few yards (I believe 20+) and Gary does up the yard and house exterior in fine style; his wife does the interior. Check out the full yard if Gary is out front.

We continued over the freeway into the Fab Forties area and found some amazing lighting displays; many crossing over the street or running for blocks with coordinated ribbons of light attached to the street-bordering trees. I neglected to pay attention to the street numbers while we were out – too busy looking at the lights!

After checking out the lights we meandered back to the start point and Bernie, Steve and I drove over to La Fiesta Taqueria at the corner of L St and Alhambra for a little après-skate food and conversation. The weather was clear and cool with very little wind, the lighting displays were wonderful and the skating was great.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!

December 5, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Duo Decidedly Deliver Devilishly Divine Destination

Graphic link to larger photo of Brian, and Bernie pausing on the new multi-use bridge over I-80 in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Brian looking down at I-80 traffic from the new multi-use bridge in Natomas on the December 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie and I showed up to skate the 12/5 Monday Night Skate and struck skating gold! We peeled back the layer of the onion; stripped the shroud of ignorance from our consciousness; blew the smoke from our eyes; changed the page; turned the corner; looked behind the curtain and found an uncharted gem of skating nirvana. This wonderment began innocently enough with Bernie suggesting we skate out the northern loop to Gateway Oaks Business Park – sounded good, so let’s roll…2 new photos and a New map. For a photo of Brian and Bernie on the new multi-use traiul, click above on the left. For a photo of Brian looking down at the freeway traffic from the new multi-use trail, click above on the right. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center.

West on S St to the northern bend of the street to its mid-block connection with “Dave’s Bridge” we traversed the I-5 canyon; north on the Promenade atop the Sacramento River Levee we passed silently through the Streetlight Museum at the O St. Steppes to our eventual dash across Capitol Mall to the entrance of Old Sac. We cut north through Ole’ Town to the backside of the Rail Museum to do our Gravel Gambol across the railroad bed and rail spur to connect to the recreation trail at the O Street Bridge crossing of the Sacramento River; continued on the recreation trail to Jibboom Street and a quick crossing of the American River at Discovery Park.

graphic letter We crossed through Disco Park to the Garden Highway entrance turned west and took the recreation trail paralleling Garden Hwy (GH). At the intersection of Gateway Oaks Drive (GOD) and GH we turned north; crossed the highway and glided down the slight incline of GOD then turned west on River Plaza Dr (RPD).

graphic letter We connected with the north area recreation trail at the west end of RPD; took the trail north and eventually crossed W. El Camino Blvd; reconnected with the rec trail and continued toward our planned destination of the business park. Our sojourn was interrupted when three-quarters toward our destination, a serpentine wonderment appeared before us – an un-skated pedestrian bridge, crossing over I-80 to neighborhoods unknown, shimmering in its muted florescent veil of illumination; beckoning us to come and explore. Explore its hidden concrete pleasures. And explore we did.

Up onto the smooth, luxurious pathway we went; gliding ever higher upon the incline of enlightenment until we reached the zenith at the midpoint of the crossing over I-80. A quick stop was taken to check out the view over the freeway then we continued down the ped bridge, henceforth, “The RAP Skyway” – in reference to the two parks in the area, Peregrine and Red Tail Hawk.

We skated through the residential area to connect with San Juan Road; turned east on SJR and looped back to the park via Buchman St. We started the return loop of the skate from Peregrine Park; generally reversing our path of the outgoing leg.

After 9 + miles of excellent skating we finished the loop back mid-block 3rd and 4th St on S St; packed our gear and bods into my car and swung over to Willies at 16th and Broadway for some chili dogs and fries. Hey good eats to go with the great skate!

Come check out next week’s Christmas Light Skate – Keep Skatin’

Brian

November 28, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Trio Traverses Tomato Town

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Cynthia, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Cheyan, a demonstrator. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the November 28, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Brian, and Gordon looking at 7th and K ice-skating on the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Bernie and I skated a short loop for the 11/28/11 Monday Night Skate. We decided to take a roll down K Street again; observe if anything of significance was happening there; loop over to the Occupy Sacto site by City Hall then hightail it north on North 7th St to Richards Blvd taking Richards to 12th St for our return to the downtown area of S-Town. New map, yet no new photos. For a photo from October 31, 2011 of us at Cesar Chavez Park, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a photo from the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate, click above on the right.

The skate started per our standard MO with a north excursion through the CalPERS building breezeway to connect with Q St whereupon we skated east to 8th St ; turned north continuing to L St where we took a short trip to the west back to 7th St.

Mid-block on L St we stopped at the defunct Greyhound bus station and wondered aloud – ‘Hey! This would make a cool open-air skating rink.’ Check it out Batman - the bus terminal is an open span structure; perfect for a skating rink. Ostensibly, the bathroom facilities are still available in the indoor terminal section west of the bus garage area. All this place needs is a thin leveling coat of concrete with paint applied and a coat of urethane; mount speakers and install a good sound system and lights; paint the walls; erect a crowd-control fence along the L St side and the alley opening to the north side of the building; add turnstiles and charge admission: $5 a head for those over 12, $3 a head for those 12 and under. Some nominal charge for skate rental will be charged – no charge if you bring your own skates – roll ‘em if you got ‘em! Parents and guardians who don’t skate are welcome free of charge – just buy the coffee and refreshments at the snack bar. Thank You. The indoor rink will the complement to the ice rink just north at St. Rose of Lima Plaza . I’ll just give KJ a call and see if he can get an advisory committee to study this idea and hire a consultant group to develop a tentative action plan that can be presented the City Council…  

Anyway, on 7th we continued north, passing the ice rink, to Merchant Alley; turned east for one block; turned back south to go to the entrance of the vehicle traffic friendly section of K Street . We skated east on K to 12th; turned north on 12th and skated to I St.

At I we skated west to the Occupy Sacto site at City Hall. Bernie discussed a few issues with the activists there while Morgan and I pondered the fine line between business movers and shakers and the folks that always have dreams that are never acted on…

graphic letter We continued west on I St to 7th and turned north to skate to Richards Blvd via the north extension of 7th St which is amazingly called North 7th St. Wow! We skated east on Richards to Dos Rios Street and turned south to start our return loop. Dos Rios Ys into 12th St and we bravely skated 12th back through downtown; battling wet leaves and debris on the sidewalks and cars in the street. Basically reversing our out-going route, we turned onto K Street and skated west back to 7th St; took 7th south to O St; skated east on O to 8th. Whereupon, Morgan broke off to go to take light rail home. Bernie and I continued to R St and skated west back to 4th St and an eventual completion back mid-block on S St.

Overall, the weather conditions were great. The skate was short – 6 miles, but fun. Documented Google Map: Documented Google Map Link.

Bernie and I swung over to Chipotle for food and conversation – solving the world’s problems one burrito at a time.

Keep skatin'

Brian

November 21, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Dynamic Duo Decisively Dissects Downtown Dawdle

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Cynthia, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Cheyan, a demonstrator. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the November 21, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Brian, and Gordon looking at 7th and K ice-skating on the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie and I showed up to skate the 11/21 MNS. We only had to get agreement between two minds on the course of the skate. So, naturally, no firm plan was made – just a general idea of skating over to the Occupy Sacramento site at Cesar Chavez Plaza via a sprint down the newly opened K Street. Bernie was trying out a new pair of skates so no long loop was in the plan for this evening. New map, yet no new photos. For a photo from October 31, 2011 of us at Cesar Chavez Park, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a photo from the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate, click above on the right.

Per our normal, time-worn, limbic, automatonic pattern we skated east on S St to the corner of 8th where we turned north and traveled to K St. At K we turned east again and skated the brickwork of the vehicle-friendly section between 8th and 12th. In our journey down the brightly lit yet strangely vacant K St. we stopped for a look-see at the Crest Theater. This section of the street should be the pulsing, bustling hub of activity but not much was happening. Of course, it is a Monday night but the street was bare – all dressed for a party and nowhere to go…

graphic letter We passed by two of Sacto’s Finest in a patrol car at the corner of 11th and K. Howdy officers - quiet night and that’s alright… At 12th St we swung north. We turned west at I St and skated a few blocks to the Occupy Sacto site at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Bernie stopped at their table to have a conversation but the activists were deactivated. Little info was available and none was offered so he joined me over at the Cesar Chavez Memorial sculpture half a block further west.

We cooled our heels and wheels for a few minutes here and decided to skate east to 24th St and then go north to D then skate to McKinley Park. This section would let us do a skate-by Bernie’s house and keep the loop short since he was trying out new skates.

After a quick stop at Bernie’s abode we took D to 28th St; turned south for two blocks; turned east on E St; crossed under the mid-town freeway; turned south on Alhambra and skated to Capitol Blvd. At CB we turned west for the final leg back.

graphic letter We passed quickly through the construction cataract on Capitol just west of the 29th St – this area has been torn up for years – just watch for cars and buses as the street narrows and the construction barricades eliminate the bike lane.

Our skate down Capitol was quick and we turned south on 15th; skated west on N St; turned south on 13th; turned west again at R St and discovered a hidden gem – the three block stretch from 13th to 10th on R is newly paved. Smooth sparkling concrete – pure skating love!

At 9th St we skated south to connect with S St; skated the short section of S to finish where we started. Bernie and I swung by Chipotle for food to go and called it an evening. This skate was short, flat and easy – Documented Google Map link: Documented Google Map ( http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=210692520798220864237.0004b315839d0b6b0d05d&msa=0&ll=38.58474,-121.496902&spn=0.019457,0.035233 )

Perfect for Bernie to get his new skates settled.

Keep skatin'

Brian

November 14, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

K Street Kick-about

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Cynthia, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Cheyan, a demonstrator. Graphic link to documented Google map by Brian of the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Brian, and Gordon looking at 7th and K ice-skating on the November 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Steve, Gordon, Bernie and I turned out for the 11/14/11 Monday Night Skate. ‘Tis is our place in life to fill a void… We decided to go check out the section of K St recently reopened to vehicle traffic via a loop past the Downtown Ice Rink. New map, and one new photo. For a photo from October 31 of us at Cesar Chavez Park, click above on the left. For a new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For the photo from tonight's skate, click above on the right.

So to get this party rolling we rumbled east to 4th St; turned north and saw-toothed through the CalPERS light slalom to Q St; slashed eastward to 7th St; dashed north to the placid, shimmering ovoid ice corral of the Downtown Ice Rink at K St. Same as last week you can check out their info here: http://downtownsac.org/events/westfield-downtown-plaza-ice-rink/

graphic letter We continued our roll north ½ block to the J St alley and turned east to connect to 8th St where we turned back south to reconnect with K St. This is the block we can legally start to skate K St. Surprisingly, we encountered only two vehicles traveling east-west on K during the 15 +/- minutes we skated the new, virgin pavement (in a legal virgin sense).

The brickwork is decent for skating and the main items to watch for are the light-rail track grooves and rails – don’t let your wheels get notched into the gap. Mind the Gap!

We rolled down K to the corner of 12th St where we should have turned north or south but being the social rabble-rousers we are, we continued east to the Esquire/IMAX theater and checked out the movie marquees. We continued over to 13th St and turned north.

On 13th we skated north to its connection with C St where we turned east. We skated C St to 18th St where due to a street closure at the Almond Growers Exchange we skated one block south to D; one block east; then turned back north on 19th St to reconnect with C St. We traveled on C St to the access point of the Northern Branch of the Sacramento Recreation Trail.

We took the trail north and looped west to skate through Discovery Park and an eventual traversing of the recreation trail paralleling the Sacramento River. Up on the levee this section of the recreation trail is smooth and fast with great views of the river. As we skated into the little plaza at the entrance to the Water Intake Facility we encountered a group of young adults who are taking a photography class at Sacramento City College. They asked us to join in their photo shot. Pretty cool! Hopefully, we did not break their equipment with our rough-shod, street-hardened visages! A shout out to Joy and her classmates/friends – good luck with your project!

We finished up the skate traveling through Old Sac and a sprint down the Sacramento River Promenade with a crossing over “Dave’s Bridge”. After packing our gear, Bernie, Steve and I decided to swing over to the Fox & Goose at 10th and R. We arrived after 9:30 and the kitchen was closed. The open mike session was pretty packed so with no seats close to the music and no food – we left. Bernie and I went over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol for après-skate food and conversation.

Overall, the skate was great. 9+ miles, great weather and interesting sights and great friends... Check out the link to a Google map of tonight's skate: Documented Google Map (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=210692520798220864237.0004b1fb2bfb5bc3fcaa4&msa=0&ll=38.589638,-121.495743&spn=0.038106,0.069008).

Keep skatin'.

Brian

November 7, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Quartet Skates Through East Sac Loop

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Cynthia, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Cheyan, a demonstrator. Graphic link to 6 hand-carved pumpkin slide show from the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of grave scene, one of many sights at 4th and Higland Avenues on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Gordon, Morgan and I met up for the skate on 11/7/11. With a clear, cool evening enveloping us, a motion was made to skate toward the Downtown Ice Rink with a free-form meandering through East Sac with a stop at McKinley Park . The motion was second; an environmental impact report was conducted and reviewed; traffic data was gathered and tabulated; wind speed checked and all results, conclusions and assessments were verified by an independent accounting firm. The final results were delivered in a tamper-proof mailer and we started the skate around 7:20. New map, but no new photos. Photos from last week: For a photo of us at Cesar Chavez Park, click above on the left. For new documented Google map of tonight's skate, click above in the center. For a grave scene, click above on the right.

The outgoing leg was similar to last week’s skate – north through the CalPERS breezeway at R St., mid-block 3 rd and 4th St. We slalomed through the light stanchions our shadows angling in wild abandon in concert to our motion. At the Q St side of the building a short stop was taken to admire/ponder the glass & steel structure - the CalPERS Oracle. Does it perform a function for the building or does it exist just because?

graphic letter We continued east then turned north at 7th St. At K Street we stopped at the Downtown Ice Rink. The crowd out this evening was small but they were enjoying excellent conditions: the ice was smooth and fresh and the air cold. Of course, they are limited to their little frozen pond but the ambiance of the rink is great – I’ll have to come back out for a few laps around the rink. Check out the rink’s info here: http://downtownsac.org/events/westfield-downtown-plaza-ice-rink/ Downtown Ice Skating Rink

We continued north and east to Cesar Chavez Plaza to check out the 99% at the Occupy Sacramento site. The crowd has thinned but the die-hard activists are still there. Check out their message here: http://occupysac.com/ Occupy Sacramento

Leaving the Plaza we continued east and meandered over to the north side of McKinley Park . Morgan and I took a side trip down to the Florence Turton Clunie Community Center building; Gordon and Bernie cooled their wheels. I had the impression Mrs. Clunie was a suffragette-era pioneer but have now found out she was a pioneering businesswoman in a more modern era. Check out a little of her history here: Florence Turton Clunie Community Center 75th Anniversary

We got rolling eastward before we turned into history and turned south at the nexus of D St and 39 St. Taking 39th we skated south toward T St. for the final leg back to the start. The houses along 39th are very impressive; the multitude of architectural styles and executions are amazing. At T St we turned west. At 11th St we turned north for a connection to S St. Morgan broke off from the group here to skate back to his office building to get on his bicycle for a 12 mile spin home – as stated in a previous skate recap - this guy is a human dynamo!

We got rolling eastward before we turned into history and turned south at the nexus of D St and 39 St. Taking 39th we skated south toward T St. for the final leg back to the start. The houses along 39th are very impressive; the multitude of architectural styles and executions are amazing. At T St we turned west. At 11th St we turned north for a connection to S St. Morgan broke off from the group here to skate back to his office building to get on his bicycle for a 12 mile spin home – as stated in a previous skate recap - this guy is a human dynamo!

Gordon, Bernie and I finished the skate around 8:45; Vallejo’s was closed so we chose to head over to the Fox and Goose at 10th and R St. Open mike night happens every Monday night. The food was good and the performers were quite entertaining. One more link: http://www.foxandgoose.com/ Fox and Goose

Let us do the numbers: four skaters, 8.4 miles of city streets, one ice rink, one library and one pub, perfect weather and great fun.

Keep skatin'

Brian

October 31, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

3 skate Halloween skate!

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Cynthia, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Cheyan, a demonstrator. Graphic link to 6 hand-carved pumpkin slide show from 2768 26th Street on the the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo of grave scene, one of many sights at 4th and Higland Avenues on the October 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Cynthia, Gordon, and I enjoyed skating tonight. We decided to again skate to see the demonstrators at Cesar Chavez Park. Then we would skate to see hand-carved pumpkins and Halloween decorations. For a photo of us at Cesar Chavez Park, click above on the left. For a slide show of 6 hand-carved pumpkins, click above in the center. For a grave scene, click above on the right.

graphic letter We first skated north to Cesar Chavez Park. We looked around and we talked with a few demonstrators. I like to support them. See photo above on the left.

We next skated south to Broadway and east to 26th Street. Skating south on 26th Street we soon ran into Halloween decorations and hand-carved pumpkins. See photos slide show above in the center.

Led by Gordon, we also skated to see several other Halloween decorations and sights. A location that most impressed me was at 3rd Avenue and Highland Avenue. See photo above on the right.

We returned north on 21st Street and west on S Street, arriving at 3rd and S at 8:50. Vallejo's was closed to us, so we went to Ernesto's. All 3 of us enjoyed relaxing after our 8 (more or less) mile skate.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

October 24, 2011

Johnny Be Good
(40K midi, 2 minutes & 15 seconds play)


Sacramento Skate Patrol Meetings

Occupy Sacramento – Search for the Pumpkin Zone

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Sashiwa (?), Steve, Morgan, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 17, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a demonstrator.Link to Brian's documented Google map of the October 24, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Morgan, Bernie, Steve and I showed up to skate on 10/24 – just a gang o’ four to roll the mean streets of SacTown. Skating over to the Occupy Sacramento gathering at Cesar Chavez Plaza was put on the “to do” list and anything else was going to be an ad lib. So we got rolling north on 4th Street and cut through the CalPERS complex’s beautiful walkway/breezeway to Q St. Turned east on Q to 7th St. where we continued north to the St. Rose of Lima Plaza for a quick regroup and a chance to check out the understructure of the Downtown Skating Rink. The poly pipe is all laid out and it looks like the connections are made. All that is needed is the brine chiller and a few layers of water applied to freeze – sooo cool. The little ice patch should be opening soon. To see a photo of the skaters last week, click above on the left. To see a documented Google Map of tonight's skate, click above on the right.

graphic letter We continued north to I St and turned east to skate over to Cesar Chavez Plaza to check out the Occupy Sacramento Protest. The crowd was somewhat smaller than the week before but their enthusiasm is probably just as strong. Bernie conversed with a few participants while Steve, Morgan and I cruised around the perimeter sidewalks.

Leaving out of the plaza we turned south to skate toward Broadway – a decision was made to go on a preview of the Pumpkin Carving Site somewhere in the North Curtis Park area. This pumpkin carving art extravaganza has been going for quite a number of years and we have made a point to visit to check out the amazing carvings. Not expecting any pumpkins to be out yet we just needed a reason to skate south – so there it is and off we went. Check out some of the past skate reports for an idea of the level of artistry that is exhibited at the “Great Pumpkin Patch Gallery”: Pumpkins at 2768 26th Street the night of the November 1, 2010 Monday Night Skate, and the morning after.

For the return sprint to complete the skate we traveled west on Broadway to 11th St.; turned north to skate to S St. where we tuned west. Morgan broke off from the group to skate solo back to an undisclosed location where he had stashed his bicycle. He had a one hour bike ride to get home. The dude is just a human dynamo!

Bernie, Steve and I packed our gear and ourselves into our hydrocarbon conversion transporters and traveled over to Willies at Broadway and 16th for some after skate consumption of fats, salt and dairy products. Man – good eats!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

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October 17, 2011

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4 skate to 99% demonstrations in Cesar Chavez Park AND trails and roads on the west side of the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger photo of Bernie, Sashiwa (?), Steve, Morgan, and Gordon, posing at Caesar Chavez Park on the October 17, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by a demonstrator.

We had 4 skaters tonight, Gordon, Morgan, Steve, and myself. As suggested and led by Gordon, We decided to skate to see the Occupy Sacramento (99%) demonstrators in Cesar Chavez Park. Led by Gordon, we skated east and north to Cesar Chavez Park (between 9th and 10th and I and J Streets). There we observed and talked with some of the demonstrators, including Sashiwa (?). To see a photo of us, click above on the left.

We next skated west on I Street and over the I Street Bridge into West Sacramento. The I Street Bridge has ROUGH pavement, and skating down into West Sacramento is quite a curved and STEEP hill. WHEEEE!!!!!

We next skated south on 3rd Street across West Capitol Avenue. Then we skated around on a variety of new trails and roads in West Sacramento (most of them near the Sacramento River). Then we skated east over the Tower Bridge into Sacramento and our 3rd and S starting point. Arriving about 8:45 (before closing), 3 of us were all able to enjoy food, drink, and conversation in Vallejo's before heading home.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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October 10, 2011

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

It rained intermittently last night and much of today. By 7:00 pm the downtown pavement was 100% wet.

I never even went to 3rd and S, and I expect that nobody else did.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

October 3, 2011

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

It rained lightly on an intermittent basis during the day. It started raining downtown on a heavier basis about 6:30 pm. By 7:00 pm the downtown pavement was 80 wet.

Brian showed up. Together we decided that it was too wet to skate. Then he kindly gave me a ride to Chipotle, at 19th and Capitol, where we enjoyed food, drink, and conversation.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

September 26, 2011

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On September 26, 2011, Gordon led 5 skaters on a great 8 mile West Sacramento skate!

Skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on the June 15, 2009 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to a YouTube video of Skating Down a Hill in West Sacramento (to 'Gee' music) on the June 2, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Because of music copyright conflict, other (not 'Gee') music has been selected with YouTube.

Skating across Capitol Mall and around in West Sacramento on the June 15, 2009 Monday Night Skate.

Skating Down a Hill in West Sacramento on the June 2, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

graphic letter We had 5 skaters tonight - Cynthia, Gordon, Larry ( a new skater), Morgan, Steve, and myself. As suggested and led by Gordon, we skated a West Sacramento loop. No new photos or videos, but the 2 YouTube videos linked to above give some idea of tonight's skate, except tonight was darker. As you can see from the above right YouTube video, we did enjoy skating down at least one significant hill. WHEEEE!!!!!

We first skated north on 3rd Street to O Street, then west to Front Street. On the Front Street Promenade we skated to the Tower Bridge, where we skated across Capitol Mall and then across the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento.

graphic letter We skated on many streets, including 6th Street, Lighthouse, and Carrie. Most of the pavement was very smooth.

After a while we returned from West Sacramento by skating south on 6th and 5th Street and east across the Tower Bridge.

This was a great 8 mile skate!

After the skate, 4 of us then enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Bernie

September 19, 2011

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5 skate south near the Sacramento River!

Link to YouTube video with highlights from the August 1, 2011 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento with 'Summertime Blues' by Eddie Cochran as the background music. Includes the BEAUTY of skating along the Sacramento River Levee. Graphic link to larger photo of Steve, Gordon, Morgan, and Hans posing near the Sacramento Marina on the September 19, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had 5 skaters tonight: Gordon, Hans, Morgan, Steve, and myself. As suggested by Gordon, We decided to skate south along the Sacramento River. We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina. To see an overview of a skate like tonight's skate(except tonight was darker), see the YouTube movie linked to above on the left. To see a photo from tonight's skate, click above on the right.

After skating around and pausing at the Sacramento Marina, we continued skating south on Ramp Road (rough pavement) and the Sacramento River Levee (beautiful view of the river) until we reached Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road, we decided to skate east, as I suggested.

After skating east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo, we took a break, then we enjoyed skating in and around in Land Park on a fun loop. We then had fun skating north on 17th Street to the Middle School on Vallejo, a school with some SMOOOTHE pavement.

We continued north on Marty to the Tower Theater. After looking at the marquee, we skated north on 11th Street and west on S Street to return to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles. After the skate, all 5 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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September 12, 2011

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3 skate trails and roads on the west side of the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to larger pghoto of Gordon and Steve pausing on the west side of the Sacramento River on the September 12, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had 3 skaters tonight, Gordon, Steve, and myself. We decided to skate to West Sacramento to skate its new river front trails and roads. We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated north on the Promenade to the Tower Bridge. After we skated west over the Tower Bridge, we skated south immediately after after we crossed the Sacramento River on the Tower Bridge. To see a photo of Gordon and Steve on this new trail, click above on the right.

We skated a variety of trails and roads in West Sacramento (most of them near the Sacramento River) - both south and north of Capitol Avenue. We also skated around Raley Field. Then we skated back over the Tower Bridge into Sacramento and our 3rd and S starting point. Arriving about 8:45 (before closing), we were all able to enjoy food, drink, and conversation in Vallejo's before heading home.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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September 5, 2011

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Gus and Bernie skate to chalk art and West Sacramento near river sites!

 Grapphic link to a YouTube video where Gus skates fancy - an 11 second avi movie. Grapgic link to a larger photo of Gus looking at chalk art at 15th and P on the September 5, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus and I were the only skaters tonight. As suggested by Gus, we skated to see the chalk art at 15th and P. Then, as suggested by me, we skated to see the new trails (some of which are riverfront) and streets in West Sacramento. For an 11 second YouTube video blast from the past of Gus's fancy skating, click above on the left. To see a photo of Gus looking at some great chalk, click agove on the right.

After enjoying the diverse chalk art, we skated west on P Street and Capitol Mall. After crossing the Tower Bridge, we turned left and south onto a NEW riverfront trail that took us almost to the Highway 50 freeway.

graphic letter We next turned around and skated north back toward Capitol Mall. Along the way we tried some of the almost completed new streets in the Raley Field vicinty.

We next skated accross Capitol Mall to check out and skated the West Sacramento waterfront trails and promendae.

In general, the trails and promenade on the Sacramento side of the river are superior to the West Sacramento versions. They are smoother and closer to the Sacramento River. BUT, it is GREAT to be able to skate on both sides of the river without worrying about being hit by a car.

We returned to 3rd and S about 9:15, and we both went straight home.

I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!

Bernie

August 29, 2011

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4 skate American River Parkway, Richards Boulevard loop.

Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Skaters look at the Sacramento River, pose at Sacramento water intake, and pause on the American River Parkway in 3 photo show of the August 29, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus, Morgan,Steve, and I enjoyed skating tonight. We decided to skate the American River Parkway, even though we frequently skate the American River Parkway. It's a great skate! We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. Then we skated through Old Sacramento onto the American River Parkway. For a YouTube video of skaters enjoying the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade in a skate similar to tonight's, click above on the left. For a YouTube video that shows the fun of skating into Discovery Park, click above in the center. WHEEEE!!!!! For a 3 photo show from tonight's skate, c.ick above on the right.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Sacramento Water Intake Facility. For a 3 photo show that includes the Water Intake Facility, click above on the right. After the Water Intake Facility, we continued on the parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated down into Discovery Park and the older and north of the river branch of the American RiverParkway.For a YouTube video that shows the fun of skating into Discovery Park, click above in the center. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We continued skating east on this north branch of the American River Parkway until we reached Northgate, where we decided to skate south to Richards Boulevard, where we skated west to be returning to 3rd and S. We ran into construction and other unexpected things as we skated west on Richards Boulevard, including the new Greyhound Bus Station. Eventually, we skated north and east on Jibboon Street back to the Discovery Park Bridge.

From the Discovery Park Bridge we were back on familiar ground. All we would have to do is skate the American River Parkway back to Old Sacramento and soon we would be back at our 3rd and S starting point.

We arrived at 3rd and S after 9:00 p.m. Steve kindly gave me a ride to Chipotle, so we could enjoy some food, drink, and conversation. The skate tonight was a serendipitous adventure, and I estimate that it was about 8 to 10 miles long.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

August 22, 2011

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3 skate American River Parkway loop, with branching north to West El Camino!

Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Hans and Gus look at the Sacramento River on the August 22, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Hans and Gus look at the Sacramento skyline and construction on the August 22, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus, Hans, and I enjoyed skating tonight. I believe Hans is from Fairfield, and he has not skated with us for some time. We decided to skate the American River Parkway. We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. For a YouTube video of skaters enjoying the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated north on 2nd Street in Old Sacramento and then north onto the American River Parkway. For a photo of Gus and Hans looking at the Sacramento River, click above in the center. On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge, we skated onto the newer southern (south side of the the river) branch of the Parkway. As we feared, about a quarter mile of this parkway section is still not smoothly paved, as it has been for several months. ROUGH. There is a lot of construction being done. For a photo of Hans and Gus looking at this construction, click above on the right.

We continued skating on this branch of the American River Parkway until we reached the 12th Street Bridge, where we skated north onto the northern branch (north side of the river) of the American River Parkway. At this time Gus suggested that we skate part of the branch of the American River Parkway that goes to Rio Linda.

WOW, we're skating toward Rio Linda! We continued until we reached West El Camino. Then we turned around and headed home. Back on the main parkway, we took the northern branch back to Old Sacramento and 3rd and S.

After the skate (about 9:10 pm - 10 to 12 miles), we all went straight home.

Bernie

August 15, 2011

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Gus and Bernie skate to Sutter Landing Park and other downtown sites!

 Grapphic link to a YouTube video where Gus skates fancy - an 11 second avi movie. Grapgic link to a larger photo of of Sac City Rollers shooting a video in Sutter Landing Park on the August 15, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gus and I were the only skaters tonight. As suggested by Gus, we skated toward east Sacramento. Along the way my right skate broke; it would no longer tighten at the top. So we stopped at my house and got another right skate. We then skated north on 28th Street to Sutter Landing Park. For an 11 second YouTube video blast from the past of Gus's fancy skating, click above on the left. To see a photo of the Sac City Rollers shooting a video at Sutter Landing Park, click above on the right.

We enjoyed meeting the Sac City Rollers, (especially Amy, who was very friendly) and we invited them to skate outdoors with us on any Monday at 7:00 pm. You can learn more about the Sac City Rollers at their website: http://WWW.SACCITYROLLERS.COM

graphic letter We next skated skated to see some other features of the Sutter Landing Park. We did a few tricks at the skate park. We looked at the free dog park. We looked at the Bocce Ball courts. We looked at the river access parking. We exited via the short multi-use trail that will someday link to the American River Parkway.

As we returned on Capitol Ave., we stopped at Jack's urban eats, as Gus suggested. We enjoyed the good food.

I estimate that we skated 6 to 8 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!

Bernie

August 8, 2011

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6 skate to Sacramento State College on T Street, returning on Elvas Avenue!

Highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video. Grapgic link to a larger photo of Russell, Steve, Gus, Morgan, and Cynthia pausing on T Street near Stockton Boulevard on the August 8, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Six skaters - Cynthia, Gus, Morgan, Russell, Steve, and I skated tonight.  As suggested, by Cynthia and approved by the group, we skated to Sac State. For highlights of a previous similar skate, click above on the left. For a photo from tonight's skate, click above on the right.

We skated our normal route; taking S St. to Alhambra and then jogging south to T St. prior to Stockton Blvd. T St. is very smooth on the east side of Stockton and we skated quite quickly to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning east on M we eventually connected with Elvas, which took us into Sacramento State College. At the college we skated to the parking lot elevator; Up, Up, and away for most of us! Then I skated down the parking lot, before a policeman made the rest of the skaters go back down the elevator. WHEEEE!!!!! See video above on the left to get an idea! Depression for the rest of the skaters ;< ( .

graphic letter We were next left Sac State. As we were leaving, we decided to return on an old route, via Elvas Ave. Gordon had said that this route was no longer rough pavement, but it turned out that the pavement is not smoothe. It is still rough.

As we returned on Capitol Ave., I stopped at Chipotle. It was already after 9:00 pm., so Vallejo's was already closed. Later Steve joined me for food, drink, and conversation.

I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!

Bernie

August 1, 2011

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8 skate south near the Sacramento River!

Graphic link to YouTube video with highlights from the August 1, 2011 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento with 'Summertime Blues' by Eddie Cochran as the background music. Includes the BEAUTY of skating along the Sacramento River Levee.

We had 8 skaters tonight, Alice, Amy (a college student friend of Mark), Cynthia, Gus, Jacob, Mark, Morgan, and myself. It was great to have students Mark and Jacob join us again! We decided to skate south along the Sacramento River. We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina. To see an overview of tonight's skate, see the YouTube movie linked to above on the left.

After skating around and pausing at the Sacramento Marina, we continued skating south on Ramp Road (rough pavement) and the Sacramento River Levee (beautiful view of the river) until we reached Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road, we decided to skate east, as suggested by Mark, so we could get to Vallejo's in time for food and drink.

After skating east on Sutterville Road to the Sacramento Zoo, we took a break, then we enjoyed skating in and around in Land Park on a fun loop. We then had fun skating north on 17th Street to the Middle School on Vallejo, a school with some SMOOOTHE pavement.

We continued north on Marty to the Tower Theater. After looking at the marquee, we skated north on 11th Street and west on S Street to return to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that we skated about 8 miles. After the skate, 6 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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July 27, 2011

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Alice and Morgan get ready for the July 25, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Cynthia, Gus, Morgan, Steve, and Alice pause on the northern bridge into Discovery Park on the July 25, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

6 skate Natomas Industrial Parkway loop!

Alice, Cynthia, Gus, Morgan, Steve and I skated. We decided to skate to the Natomas Industrial Park. First, we skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated north on the promenade to Old Sacramento, where we skated north on 2nd Street and north onto the American River Parkway. For photos from tonight's skate, click above on the left and the right.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next, we skated downhill into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated through Discovery Park, coming out on Garden Highway. On Garden Highway. we skated west on the the parallel trail to Gateway Oaks. Then, we skated north on Gateway Oaks and west to a wonderful Natomas trail.

Then we skated north on the Natomas trail toward the Natomas Industrial Park. Along the way we skated west over a bridge to do some tricks in a skate park. To see a May 18, 2009 skate Park YouTube video, click here. After the skate park, we continued to Natomas Industrial Park for a rest.

Returning from Natomas Industrial Park, we retried a trail that Gus suggested. This time we were able to pick blackberries. South of West El Camino Avenue, there is a trail that runs east parallel to West El Camino. It is a smooth trail with LOTS OF blackberries. It kindly brought us to the corner of Venture Oaks Way and Gateway Oaks Drive. Continuing south on Gateway Oaks, we were soon back at Garden Highway and returning to our 3rd and S starting point.

After this serendipitous 10 to 12 mile skate, Morgan and I enjoyed food, beverages and conversation at Chipotle.

Bernie

July 18, 2011

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5 skate American River Parkway to State Fair at Cal Expo and back!

Grpahic link to larger photo of four turtles sunning over the Sacramento River on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo: As we enter Old Sacraemento, Eric fixes his skate on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Graphic link to larger photo: Gordon, Eric, Gus, and Brian pause and pose at the State Fair Main Gate on the July 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Bernie, Gordon, Gus and I were joined for the skate by Eric, who found us through a Meet-Up link. Welcome to the Skate, Eric.

A Cal Expo loop was chosen and after a few equipment adjustments we got rolling. Taking our common crossing to the west over I-5 on “Dave’s Bridge” we connected with the Sacramento River Promenade; continued north to Capitol Mall, crossed into Old Sac; traversed the scenic, tourist trap of 2nd Street; turned west to make a reconnection to the recreation trail on the back side of the Railroad Museum; a quick regrouping at the I Street Bridge overlook and we continued north.

As we skated through the little plaza at the Sacramento Water Intake Facility a band was breaking down their equipment. We were informed they had just finished working on a music video shoot. Man! Our chance for possible stardom was lost by just minutes. Certainly they would have wanted us to be in the shoot – come on now – five rugged, street-grizzled wheeled warriors on a gallant quest. How could they not want us? Well, they broke down their set too soon or we started our skate too late, thus our paths did not cross.

North on the rec trail on the Jibboom St. Bridge we crossed over the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers; descended into Discovery Park and connected to the rec trail on the north side of the American River. Approximately 5 miles of skating later we crossed under the Union Pacific railroad trestle; the recreation trail splits – one path northeastern toward Cal Expo the other to the south and toward CSUS; we took the Cal Expo leg. A quick climb up onto the trail on the levee had us traveling east toward Cal Expo and a similarly quick descent off the levee had us on Tribute Road, crossing under the downtown business loop freeway and entering the west entrance to Cal Expo parking.

graphic letter We skated through the CE parking to the front entrance gates where we took a quick breather and checked out the crowds entering and exiting.

Our return trip was back on the recreation trail as we came but at the Del Paso Blvd crossing we turned west and took the trail that goes around the outer edge of the Woodlake Close nature area. This trail connects to the northeast side of Sacto via an old iron truss pedestrian bridge – on the east side of the Almond Growers processing plant we connected with C St.; one block west we turned south on 19th St.

Through various meanderings we eventually ended back at our start point midblock at 3 rd and S. The time was around 9:30 and Vallejo’s was closed. Gordon and Gus called it a night, Eric, Bernie and I headed over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol. The food and conversation was great and so was the skate. The weather was perfect and we covered a little over 14 miles. Bernie grabbed photos at various locations on the skate and the link below will take you to a Google map of our route:
Documented Google Map of Tonight's Skate

Keep Skatin’

Brian

July 11, 2011

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5 skate to Sacramento State College for Master Athlete events and back!

Highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video. Alice, Gordon, Gus, Steve, and I skate to and from Sacramento State College on the July 11. 2011 Monday Night Skate. Jimmy Reed provides the background music, 'Bright Lights, Big City'.

Five skaters - Alice, Gordon, Gus, Steve, and I skated tonight.  As suggested, by Gordon, we skated to Sac State to see Master Athletes competing. For highlights of a previous similar skate, click above on the left. For highlights from tonight's skate, click above on the right.

We skated our normal route; taking S St. to Alhambra and then jogging south to T St. prior to Stockton Blvd. T St. is very smooth on the east side of Stockton and we skated quite quickly to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. Turning east on M we eventually connected with Elvas, which took us into Sacramento State College. At the college we watched Master Athletes for awhile, then we skated to the parking lot elevator; Up, Up, and away! Then we skated down the parking lot. WHEEEE!!!!! See video above on the left!

graphic letter We were next led by Gordon to the track, where we watched 2 races. Included in the video above on the right.

We returned on M and Capitol. We then went to Chipotle for food, drink, and conversation. Included in the video above on the right.

I estimate that we skated 12 to 14 miles.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!

Bernie

July 4, 2011

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2 skate American River Parkway to Cal Expo fireworks and back!

Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Pablo, from the University of Mexico, and Bernie pause near Cal Expo on the July 4, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Natalie. Graphic link to 58 second YouTube sample of the July 4, 2011 Cal Expo fireworks show, as seen on the July 4, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Last week Steve suggested that a Cal Expo fireworks skate would be a good skate for Monday, July 4. Steve was right! But, being a very hot day and a family holiday, almost nobody showed up to skate.

Pablo, a Psychologist from the Engineering Department of Mexico University, did show up to skate! His wife was in Sacramento competing as a master athlete. He read about the Monday Night Skate on this website, and he decided to show up and skate.

graphic letter We discussed several options. Pablo was up for a long skate to see 4th of July fireworks.

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and then north onto the American River Parkway.

Next skated north on 2nd Street in Old Sacramento and then north onto the American River Parkway. On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. For a YouTube video of skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, click above on the left. WHEEEE!!!!!

We talked with some helpful Rangers in Discovery Park. They confirmed that there would be fireworks at 9:30 pm at Cal Expo. So, we continued skating on the American River Parkway until we reached the 6 mile marker. Then we exited to Cal Expo, arriving about 8:50 pm. For a photo of Pablo and me arriving at Cal Expo, click above in the center.

Fireworks started at 9:30 pm. For a YouTube video that gives a sample tonight's fireworks, click above on the right.

After the fireworks (about 10:00 pm) we skated the American River Parkway to 3rd and J, Pablo's hotel (He needed money.). After Pablo got some money, we went to Joe's Crab Shack in Old Sacramento, arriving about 11:20. After our 18 to 20 mile skate, food, and drink tasted GREAT!

Bernie

June 27, 2011

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Russell, Gus, and Steve pause near the Sacramento River and the I Street Bridge on the June 27, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

4 skate new Natomas Industrial Parkway loop!

Gus, Russell, Steve and I skated. Morgan showed up, but he was left waiting for his son, Jacob. We decided to skate the American River Parkway. First, we skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated north on the promenade to Old Sacramento, where we skated north on 2nd Street and north onto the American River Parkway for our first and only photo. For the photo from tonight's skate, click above on the left.

On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. At this point, Steve suggested that we do a Natomas Industrial Park skate. So, agreeing with Steve, we skated into Discovery Park. To see what it is like to skate into Discovery Park (FUN), click above on the right for the May 19, 2008 YouTube video. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We skated through Discovery Park, coming out on Garden Highway. On Garden Highway. we skated west on the the parallel trail to Gateway Oaks. Then, instead of skating north on Gateway Oaks, as we normally do, we continued west on Garden Highway to the Virgin Sturgeon.

Near the Virgin Sturgeon, we skated north on the Natomas trail toward the Natomas Industrial Park. Along the way we skated west over a bridge to do some tricks in a skate park. To see a May 18, 2009 skate Park YouTube video, click here. After the skate park, we continued to Natomas Industrial Park for a rest.

Returning from Natomas Industrial Park, we tried a new trail that Gus suggested. South of West El Camino Avenue, there is a trail that runs east parallel to West El Camino. It is a smooth trail with LOTS OF blackberries. It kindly brought us to the corner of Venture Oaks Way and Gateway Oaks Drive. Continuing south on Gateway Oaks, we were soon back at Garden Highway and returning to our 3rd and S starting point.

After this serendipitous 10 to 12 mile skate, we enjoyed food, beverages and conversation at Chipotle.

Bernie

June 20, 2011

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Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

3 skate south near the Sacramento River toward Garcia Bend!

No new photos or videos this week. Gordon, Gus, and I skated. As suggested and led by Gordon we skated south beside the Sacramento River. First, we skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina. For a YouTube video of some of the first part of last week's skate, click above on the right.

After skating around and pausing at the Sacramento Marina, we continued skating south on Ramp Road (rough pavement) and the Sacramento River Levee (beautiful view of the river) until we reached Sutterville Road.

graphic letter We paused at Sutterville Road, then we continued skating south to Scott's Seafood. At Scott's Seafood, as suggested by Gus, we continued south on Riverside Boulevard to see where the multi-use trail (bike trail) resumes. When the by-the-river trail resumed, we skated south on that trail a little bit, then we turned around and started our return to 3rd and S.

Gordon skated back to 3rd and S the way that we came south, Gus and I, not seeing where Gordon went, skated through Land Park and other places returning on Broadway, 11th Street, and S Street. I guess we all skated 10 to 12 miles.

After the skate, which ended about 10 after 9:00, we all enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Chipotle.

Bernie

June 13, 2011

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Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of Some highlights from the June 13, 2011 Monday Night Skate, with Howling Wolf's 'Do the Do' as the Background music. Shows skating along the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.

10 skate American River Parkway loops!

Alice, Cynthia, Daniel, Gordon, Gus, Jacob, Morgan, Russell, Steve, and I skated. As suggested by Alice we started on an American River Parkway skate, which would lead us to Sac State (the long way).

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and then north onto the American River Parkway. For a YouTube video of some this first part of the skate, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. At the Discovery Park Bridge we skated the newer (south side of the river) version of the American River Parkway east to 12th Street, where we skated north on the 12th Street Bridge over the American River to rejoin the older trail.

Immediately east of the 12th Street Bridge, we divided. Cynthia and I, who wanted a shorter skate, skated back to 3rd and S. The rest of the skaters continued east on the American River Parkway toward Sacramento State College.

Cynthia and I were back at 3rd and S by about 8:30, having skated about 7 miles. Cynthia went home. I went to Vallejo's for some delicious Mexican food. Gordon came by about 9:00. He said that he had turned back early, leaving the rest of the skaters still skating.

Another great night! It didn't get dark until about 30 after 8. We had hours of fabulous aerobic exercise in the daylight! Next week I'll find out about the rest of the skaters, who skated toward Sac State.

Bernie

June 6, 2011

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5 skate American River Parkway, Natomas Park Drive, Natomas Trail to San Juan Drive - and much more!

June 6, 2011, skaters look at the Sacramento River, seeing turles and other wonders in 3 photo show. Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate. Steve, Gus, Morgan, and Gordon enjoy food, beverages, and conversation at Chipotle after the June 6, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Gus, Morgan, Steve, and I showed up to skate. We decided to skate north onto the American River Parkway and to redo and expand the Natomas pathway skate that we did last week, May 30.

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. For a photo of us enjoying the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated north on 2nd Street in Old Sacramento and then north onto the American River Parkway. On the American River Parkway we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. For a YouTube video of skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, click above in the center. WHEEEE!!!!!

We next skated back on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park exit onto Garden Highway. Crossing Garden Highway north, we skated north on Natomas Park Drive until we were able to turn right onto a Natomas Trail. We skated this Natomas Trail north until it ended at San Juan Road. We then turned east on San Juan Drive Road looking for other trails and skating opportunities. We found some wonderful streets and trails, but I can't remember the names, and they don't seem to be on the map. Just about everybody made suggestions, so we found some great smooth traffic-free skating.

When we turned south to return to 3rd and S, Gordon found a great trail we have skated before that took us to Northgate Boulevard and back onto the American River Parkway. Then, we were on familiar and smooth ground and homeward bound.

After the skate (about 9:20 pm - 12 to 14 miles), we all enjoyed food, beverage, and conversation at Chipotle. For a photo of Steve, Gus, Morgan, and Gordon enjoying food, beverages, and conversation at Chipotle after the June 6, 2011 Monday Night Skate, click above on the right.

Bernie

May 30, 2011

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Steve and Gus skate past the I Street Bridge on the American River Parkway on the May 30, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

3 skate American River Parkway, Natomas Park Drive, Natomas Trail to San Juan Drive - and back!

Gus, Steve, and I showed up to skate this Memorial Day. We decided to skate north onto the American River Parkway and to redo a Natomas pathway skate that we have only done once.

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and then north onto the American River Parkway. For a photo of us starting on the American River Parkway, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. For a YouTube video of skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, click above on the right. WHEEEE!!!!!

We next skated back on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park exit onto Garden Highway. Crossing Garden Highway north, we skated north on Natomas Park Drive until we were able to turn right onto a Natomas Trail. We skated this Natomas Trail north until it ended at San Juan Drive. We then turned around and skated back the way we came - staying on Natomas and other trails. No need to risk getting run over by a car.

This was a skate we have only done once before; we usually turn east at Pebblewood, instead of continuing on the Natomas Trail. It was fun skate; almost all on trails. I estimate we skated about 8 miles.

After the skate, Steve and I enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's."

Bernie

May 23, 2011

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5 skate south near the Sacramento River!

Graphic: Gordon, Morgan, Gus, and Alice pause at the end of the Front Street Trail - where it meets Broadway - on the May 23, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had 5 skaters tonight, Alice, Gordon, Gus, Morgan, and myself. We decided to skate south along the Sacramento River. We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina. See the photo of skaters paused before reaching the Sacramento Marina - linked to above on the right.

After skating around and pausing at the Sacramento Marina, we continued skating south on Ramp Road (rough pavement) and the Sacramento River Levee (beautiful view of the river) until we reached Sutterville Road.

graphic letter We split into 2 groups at Sutterville Road. I was especially slow tonight, so I headed home by skating east on Sutterville Road. The rest of the skaters continued skating south to Scott's Seafood.

I had fun skating around in Land Park and north on 17th Street. When I reached the Middle School on Vallejo, the rest of the skaters joined me.

We continued north on Marty to the Tower Theater. After looking at the marquee, we skated north on 16th Street and west on T Street to return to our 3rd and S starting point.

I estimate that I skated about 8 miles, and the rest of the skaters about 10 miles. After the skate, Gordon and I enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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May 16, 2011

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Sacramento and Sacramento Skaters (skating on water) from the I Street Bridge on June 8, 2000.

Tonight we were rained out.

It started raining downtown about 5:30 pm, and it continued much of the night.

I did not show up, and I don't think anybody else did.

I hope to see you at 3rd and S so we can skate together next Monday!

Bernie

May 9, 2011

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Graphic link to May 9, 2011 Old Sacramento Parking Lot top view and Gus 4 photo Picture Show.Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

2 skate to Old Sacramento, American River Parkway, Natomas Parkway to Natomas Industrial Park, and back!

As suggested by Gus, we skated to Natomas Industrial Park tonight. The weather and daylight were wonderful; I can't believe we didn't have 15 to 30 skaters. But, we we lucky, we had 2 EXPERIENCED skaters.

Our first stop was in Old Sacramento. We decided to use the elevator to go to the top of the Capitol Avenue Old Sacramento Parking Lot. To see a 4 photo picture show of the great view from the top of this parking lot, click above on the left. When we finished enjoying the view, we skated down (instead of taking the elevator) WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next skated through Old Sacramento on 2nd Street, then we skated north onto the American River Parkway, which we skated to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. For a YouTube video of skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, click above on the right. WHEEEE!!!!!

We skated through Discovery Park onto the parkway parallel to Garden Highway, which we skated west to Gateway Oaks. We skated north on Gateway Oaks Drive and west on River Plaza Drive onto a Natomas trail, which we skated to Natomas Industrial Park.

We returned mostly the way we came, but we skated to the Virgin Sturgeon and some other restaurants on Garden Highway as we returned.

Another great night! It didn't get dark until about 30 after 8. We had over 2 hours of fabulous aerobic exercise as we skated about 10 miles, seeing some GREAT scenery along the way. !!!WOW!!!

Bernie

May 2, 2011

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5 skate south through Land Park to Sacramento City Collge and back near the Sacramento River!

Text graphic that links to YouTube video of some highlights from the May 2, 2011 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento, CA. Bill Doggett's 'Honkey Tonk' provides the background music.

We had 5 skaters tonight, Gordon, Gus, Larry, Morgan and myself. We decided to skate south on 16th Street to skate past a shop that supplies roller derby girls. We would invite them to skate with us on Monday nights. When we passed the store, it was already closed. We continued south on Land Park Boulevard. See our YouTube video linked to above on the left for highlights of tonight's skate.

We continued skating south on Land Park Boulevard, usually led by Gordon. Eventually we turned east and skated through and around in beautiful Land Park. Then we skated into Sacramento City College - after a vote. In Sacramento City College, we skated to the glorious parking lot. Two of us used the elevator and skated down. WHEEEE!!!!!

graphic letter We next skated back (west) through Sacramento City College onto Sutterville Road. We skated west on Sutterville Road until we reached the Sacramento River Levee. There we skated north toward our 3rd and S starting point. After the Marina, we skated onto the Frontage Road trail, so we could continue to skate by the Sacramento River to Dave's Bridge, where we could quickly skate east back to 3rd and S.

It was about 8:50, so we early enough to have food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's. I estimate we skated about 8 miles.

Keep rolling all you can!

Bernie

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April 25, 2011

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Graphic text about and linking to YouTube video of some April 25, 2011 Monday Night Skate highlights.Graphic link to YouTube video of Skating into Discovery Park on the May 19, 2008 Monday Night Skate.

5 skate American River Parkway, 7th Street loop!

Cynthia, Gus, Morgan, Steve, and I skated. As suggested by Gus we started on an American River Parkway skate.

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and then north onto the American River Parkway. For a YouTube video of this first part of the skate, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. For a YouTube video of skaters skating into Discovery Park on May 19, 2008, click above on the right. WHEEEE!!!!!

In Discovery Park we skated the American River Parkway east to Del Paso Boulevard, where we decided to skate south on the 12th Street Bridge, so we could return on the newer (south) version of the American River Parkway. We skated west on the American River Parkway over a mile, when FORCED SERENDIPITY - we ran into construction and had to turn back. We exited the American River Parkway at 10th Street and skated west on Richards Boulevard past Club Fantasy (gobble gobble) to 7th Street. FORCED SERENDIPITY - we ran into more construction.

We turned south on 7th Street, which took us back to our 3rd and S starting point. It was about 7 after 9. Four of us decided to meet and enjoy food drink and CONVERSATION at Chipotle.

Another great night! It didn't get dark until about 10 after 8. We had about 2 hours of fabulous aerobic exercise as we skated about 10 miles. And heavenly food and drink and friendship. !!!WOW!!!

Bernie

April 18, 2011

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Gus and Morgan pause near the I Street Bridge on the April 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Gus and Morgan pose on the partly flooded American River Parkway on the April 18, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

3 skate American River Parkway - to a flooded part, Natomas Park Drive, Natomas Trail to San Juan Drive - and back!

Gus, Morgan, and I showed up to skate. We decided to skate north onto the American River Parkway. Then we would make more decisions.

We started by skating west over Dave's Bridge onto the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. On the Promenade we skated north into Old Sacramento. In Old Sacramento we skated north on 2nd Street and then north onto the American River Parkway. For a photo of us starting on the American River Parkway, click above on the left.

graphic letter We next skated the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park Bridge. Next we skated down the bridge into Discovery Park. WHEEEE!!!!!

In Discovery Park we skated the American River Parkway east until we ran into a flooded section. If we had been on bicycles, we could have gone through, but on skates, what a mess! For a photo of us stopping at the flooded section of the American River Parkway, click above on the right.

We next skated back on the American River Parkway to the Discovery Park exit onto Garden Highway. Crossing Garden Highway north, we skated north on Natomas Park Drive until we were able to turn right onto a Natomas Trail. We skated this Natomas Trail north until it ended at San Juan Drive. We then turned around and skated back the way we came - staying on Natomas and other trails. No need to risk getting run over by a car.

This was a skate we had never done before; we usually turn east at Pebblewood, instead of continuing on the Natomas Trail. It was fun skate; almost all on trails. I estimate we skated about 10 miles.

After the skate, Gus and I went to Willie's for food, drink, and conversation."

Bernie

April 11, 2011

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Clear Skies, Mild Temps, Great Skate

Gus, Gordon, and Brian pause at a T Street Starbucks on the April 11, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Link to Brian's Google map of the April 11, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Brian and Gordon enjoying an open-mike performance at the Fox & Goose after the April 11, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Gordon, Bernie, Gus and I showed up to skate on 4/11. The conditions were great and we took full advantage of the opportunity to put wheels on our feet and take a roll on the means streets of Sacto. Southbound skates were taken the previous weeks so we decided to mix it up a bit and go to the east with a tentative destination of the CSUS campus. For photos documenting some of the breaks we took during and after this skate, click above on the left and above on the right. For a documented map of tonight's skate, click above in the middle.

Per our typical Sac State Skate we traveled east on S St with a quick jog south on 32nd St to connect with T St. At T we continued east to 59th St where we turned north; crossed over Hwy 50 and connected with Folsom Blvd.

After crossing Folsom, we noticed the time was approaching 8:45 so a change in plans was in order; a truncated route would be taken to save time - no Sac Skate tonight.

As often noted, M St. is a gem to skate and this evening did not disappoint. The traffic was light and the ambiance of the street just makes this a real joy to glide.

graphic letter We skated M to its connection with 35th St, traveled north for a block and turned west on L St; at Alhambra we turned south for a few blocks to connect with Folsom Blvd.

Traveling west on Folsom we squeezed through the construction cataract at 29th St. Passed by Biba's, Cafe Bernardo, et. al. Folsom/Capitol took us through the heart of the south side of mid-town restaurant "alley". At the connection of Capitol and 15th St we snaked around the perimeter of Capitol Park; turned south on 13th St and headed west at R St.

As we passed by The Fox & Goose Public House (check out the link http://www.foxandgoose.com ) Gordon noticed two guitarist out on the entry steps and make an inquiry about the event - Open Mic Night. Well, this was something worth checking out. We would later find out the F&G has been holding open mic nights for 20 + years (info link http://www.dibsplace.com/music/FoxnGooseOM.html ). Bernie, Gordon and I returned after finishing the skate to the F&G. Gus decided he was going for the mega carbo load by swinging by Yum Yum Donuts on Sutterville. I doubt he got to enjoy live music as the we did at the F&G - either locale was a great finisher to a great skate.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

April 4, 2011

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6 skate Sacramento River Levee south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant & do a Land Park loop!

April 4, 2011 Monday Night Skate: The Sacramento River and skaters looking at it - a 3 Photo Show.

We had 6 skaters tonight, Cory, Gordon, Gus, Guy, Morgan and myself. Going north might lead us into flooding, so we decided to again skate south along the Sacramento River.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina.

graphic letter We skated south from the Marina on Ramp Road (very rough pavement) to the boat launch area and onto the Sacramento River Levee. Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road. See 3 photo show linked to above on the right to see the Sacramento River and skaters looking at it.

At Sutterville Road we decided to skate further south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant.

It seemed to me that Guy was leading us most of the time. From Scott's Seafood Restaurant, we skated back on several streets, including Noonan and Land Park Boulevard, which gave us one dramatic downhill. WHEEEE!!!!!

Next we continued north on Land Park across Sutterville Road into Land Park. From Land Park we skated north on 17th Street to Sacramento-Crocker Middle School. From the middle school, we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater and it marquee.

Next we were homeward bound - west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street. 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated 10 to 12 miles. After the skate 4 of us enjoyed food, drink, and conversation at Vallejo's. Many stories were shard. The one I learned the most from is how Gordon dealt with an IRS problem.

Keep Skatin'

Bernie

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March 28, 2011

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2 skate Sacramento River Levee south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant & do a Land Park loop!

Morgan skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the March 28, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had 2 skaters tonight, Morgan and myself. Going north might lead us into flooding, so Morgan suggested we skate south along the Sacramento River.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina.

graphic letter We skated south from the Marina on Ramp Road (very rough pavement) to the boat launch area and onto the Sacramento River Levee. Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road. See photo above on the left to see Morgan skating south on the Sacramento River Levee.

At Sutterville Road we decided to skate further south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant, where we took a break.

From Scott's Seafood Restaurant, we skated back on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road. On Sutterville Road we skated east to the Sacramento Zoo and Land Park. After a brief break, we skated a loop through Land Park. Next we skated north on 18th Street to 8th Avenue where we skated west to Land Park Drive.

Next we skated north on Land Park to the Tower Theater and it marquee.

Next we were homeward bound - west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street. 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles. After the skate we enjoyed food, drink, and conversation (to solve all of the world's problems) at Vallejo's.

Keep Skatin'

Bernie

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March 21, 2011

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The Sacramento River, with a depth of 25 feet, comes close to flooding the Tower Bridge - as seen on the March 21, 2011 Monday Night Skate.The Sacramento River, with a depth of 25 feet, comes close to flooding the Tower Bridge - as seen on the March 21, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Sacramento looks erie in near flood conditions - water 25 feet deep at Tower Bridge!

I arrived at 7:06, and I left at 7:17. No one else showed, but I made some lemonade. I skated to the Sacramento River Promenade to recapture some of the beauty from last week's skate. I was amazed by the near flood conditions. I don't think I have ever before seen so much water in the Sacramento River. 25 feet deep at the Tower Bridge! For photos documenting the depth of the Sacramento River, click above on the left and above on the right.

graphic letter Well next I skated east on beautiful Capitol Mall, and I enjoyed some skating at the Capitol.

Next I used the elevator to skate up a parking lot. Then I skated down. WHEEEE!!!!!

Next, after having a lot of fun, I skated home. About 5 miles tonight. Next week I hope for more people and more miles.

On the way home I skated by "SARA JANE" on 21st Street. I went in and asked , "What is this place?"

"This is a marijuana dispensary."

"Why don't you call it 'MARY JANE'. Then I would know what it is."

"Because my name is SARA JANE."

"I''ll be back. A little 'SARAdippity' on the way home.

Bernie

March 14, 2011

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Iceland Rink Maintainer, Steve, and Brian discuss the ice skating rink on the January 17, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Documented Google Map by Brian for the March 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Northward Loop Thru Discovery Park with a Mid-town Crossing

Bernie and I showed up for the 3/14 Monday Night Skate. Our first skate on Daylight Saving Time - extra daylight - got to love it! Though large cloud banks were rolling in from the west and the region had storms Sunday night and early Monday morning the majority of the streets and surfaces we skated were dry. We decided on a northward loop similar to the previous week's skate but with a little change-up: a return leg crossing mid-town.

graphic letter We crossed I-5 on "Dave's Bridge" - this is becoming a habit! Skated north on the Promenade with a crossing through Old Sac to the north side of the Railroad Museum and our typical reconnection to the recreation trail. I am still figuring out the best way to use my video cam so the short snippet I grabbed is pretty rough - YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcqipH4irAQ

The recent rain storms have cleaned the recreation trail surfaces of their typical dirt/dust coating leaving a great surface for skating; no grit to adversely wear the wheels.

We skated north on the trail to cross the Jibboom St. Bridge into Discovery Park; crisscrossed the parking lot on the runout off the bridge to connect with the recreation trail on the north side of the American River. As we skated out of the open area of the park into the more wooded section on the east side the scent of skunk hung in the air. Soon we would find the source of the aroma - a skunk family (a mother and two juveniles) scampered alongside the trail. We gave them a wide berth.

Further along the trail the eau d' skunk gave way to slightly damp wild licorice infusing the air with its sweet woody aroma - much, more pleasant. Bernie and I continued along the trail to the Del Paso Blvd crossing and connection to the North Area Bike Trail. This trail took us over the foot bridge that crosses the American River just east of the 12th St Bridge and eventually connects to C St.

We kicked it over one block to 19th St and took this south to L St. We turned west on L; crossing through the very vibrant restaurant scene in the blocks between 19th and 15th. At the corner of 15th and L we turned south on 15th and skated the perimeter sidewalk of Capitol Park. At the southeast corner of the park we turned west on N St.

We skated west on N to mid-block between 7th St and 8th St and took the walkway down into the "Underground" - the pedestrian passage that crosses under N St and allows connection to the government offices to the south. We rose up out the grotto and turned west across 7th St; crossed through the very nice apartment complex to connect with 5th St. The skate finished with us completing a few lefts and rights and continuing southward motion to arrive back at the corner of 3rd and S.

Overall, the conditions were perfect: air temperature in the 50's, very light breeze/no breeze, generally dry streets and trails, 9 miles of pure skating fun!

Bernie and I headed over to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol for food after the skate - and threw in a dash of conversation on politics and religion. For a YouTube video from tonight's skate, click above on the left. For a documented Google Map of tonight's skate, click above on the right.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

March 7, 2011

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Trio Loop Discovery Park to Downtown via Rec Trail and Street

Link to Google Maps documented map of tonight's Monday Night Skate Link to Brian's YouTube video 1 of the March 7, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Link to Brian's YouTube video 2 of the March 7, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

Click above on the left to see a documented Google Map of tonight's skate. Click above in the center for Brian's YouTube video 1of tonight's skaters. Click above on the right for Brian's YouTube video 2 of tonight;s skaters.

Bernie, Steve and I took in a short easy skate for the 3/7/11 Monday Night Skate. Our main objective for this evening was chosen by Steve: get back in time to eat at Vallejo’s. After I finished noodling around getting on my skates and associated gear we started skating around 7:20 pm. This allotted us 70 minutes total to skate and return. So 35 minutes out and wherever we ended up we would turn around and head back.

As has been our choice for the last few weeks we headed west over I-5 via “Dave’s Bridge” connected with the Sacramento River Levee Promenade and took it north to Old Sac. We squeezed around the outer perimeter of Old Sac at the Railroad Museum and connected with the recreation trail and continued north to Discovery Park.

I tried out using my camera again –still need some work on figuring out a good way to mount and control it – but check out the two YouTube vid clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5i8zQC3qXE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cufJLtng5f8

A quick regrouping at the entrance to Disco Park allowed some discussion on the direction to go. The choices: go north through Disco and loop around the north bank trail of the American River and return by crossing south over the 12th Street Bridge or skate along the south bank trail of the American and take North 12th St to Richards. We chose to skate the south side to hedge our bet on time available.

The south side recreation trail is a fairly new section of trail and it is in great shape: smooth asphalt, no potholes and no age-checked surfaces to be found.

At the 12th St Bridge we skated to Richards Blvd where we continued westward toward N. 7th St. Most of the skate along Richards is on fairly decent asphalt and concrete sidewalks. Some broken glass is littered about so watch where you roll…

At North 7th St we turned south to start the final leg of the skate. North 7th is currently undergoing construction to add light rail tracks so the section of the street from Richards to N. B St is a mosaic of patched asphalt, trenching plate with a dusting of gravel. Keep your weight off the front wheels unless you wanna kiss the ground…

South of N. B North 7th is in pretty good shape until you skate into downtown proper at D & D Streets. This area and continuing southward for about 7 blocks is patchwork asphalt and street repairs. We continued south on 7th, crossing to the west side of the street at the J St intersection.

Bernie took a saunter into 24 Hr Fitness at the Downtown Plaza – this is his place to work out so he gave the front desk a little shout out.

We took advantage of the open plaza area at the St. Rose of Lima Park to skate a few loops and figure eights, etc. - very nice concrete surface with beautiful lighting. This may be a spot to make a regular visit to.

We finished up with a meander through the remaining blocks to finish back at the start at 3rd and S. Our timing was spot on and we finish right at 8:30 pm. Vallejo’s is still open and beckoning… Call this a great little seven miler with great skating conditions. We finished with great food and conversation at Vallejo’s.

Until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

February 28, 2011

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Southbound Sojourn for Sactown Skaters

Link to Google Maps documented map of tonight's Monday Night Skate Brian, Gordon, Steve, and Bernie pose in a Riverside Boulevard parking lot on the February 28, 2011 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Brian & autoshoot. Link to YouTube video of Monday Night Skate in Sacramento - Bernie, Gordon, Steve and Brian leave from the Tower Theater and skate west on Broadway.

Bernie, Gordon, Steve and I skated a southerly route, taking the levee top recreation trail for a large section of the skate with a return loop through the Land Park area. The weather was perfect for skating and we took full advantage of the opportunity to spin our wheels... Click above on the left to see a documented Google Map of tonight's skate. Click above in the center for a photo of tonight;s skaters. Click above on the right for a YouTube video of part of tonight's skate.

From the start point at 3rd and S St we skated west; crossed I-5 via "Dave's Bridge"; turned south on the Sacramento Levee Promenade, moved swiftly along its smooth, brick-accented concrete surface as the languid waters of the Sacramento River coursed alongside; sounds of freeway traffic in the distance setting a subtle counterpoint to the rhythmic sound of our skates accelerating us toward our connection to Broadway at the entrance to Miller Park where the smooth asphalt of the recreation trail abruptly ends as it collides with the pot-holed, age-checked, loose-graveled road surface of Marina View Drive.

graphic letter We skated Marina View Drive into Miller Park and regrouped at a small wooden observation platform. Our arrival scattered the feral cat scrum cluster nearby. We skated down onto the perimeter sidewalk; circled the marina to the east side to connect with Miller Park Cir. Now, Marina View Drive is beat up but Ramp Way is even more deteriorated. We skated south through this minefield of damaged asphalt to connect with the continuation of the recreation trail on the levee past the Captain's Table parking lot.

The "Camino Real" stretches 1.3 miles south - yep, smooth flat asphalt with no cross streets, no cars and a great view of the Sacramento River. The only complaint - the sound of the freeway traffic can be intrusive. We skated the Camino to its connection with the parking lot of La Rivage where we were run off by the security force - no skating allowed. We behaved and did not loiter.

At Sutterville Road we decided to skate further south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant, where we took a break.

The entrance to La Rivage connects to Riverside Blvd. We connected with 25th Ave; skated Euclid to 27th Ave to Noonan Dr and connected with South Land Park Dr. We continued through the "hills of Sacto" on South Land Park to connect with Del Rio Rd and Sutterville Rd.

The final leg of the skate took us along Land Park Drive via the sidewalks that run roughly parallel on the west side of the street. At the corner of Broadway and Land Park we stopped at the venerable Tower Theater for a look-see at the marquees.

West on Broadway I tried out filming a short video. Click above on the right to see this YouTube video.

Turning north on 11th St brought us back to S St and a return to the start point at the corner of 3rd St.

Vallejo's was closed when we finished so we went to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol Ave. Great food and conversation made for a great end to a great skate!

Keep Skatin'

Brian

February 21, 2011

Johnny Be Good
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Gateway Oaks = Good Times

Google Map of tonight's Natomas Industrial Park Monday Night Skate.

Steve, Bernie and I showed up for the 2/21 Monday Night Skate and we were blessed with great conditions: no strong wind, mild temperatures and most of the sticks, leaves and other detritus of the previous week's storm(s) were cleared from the roads and recreation trail.

A decision was made to do a Gateway Oaks run - we have not been out to the north territory for some time. So after I finished digging around in my car looking for my gloves (didn't find them) we got rolling around 7:20 pm. Our plan was to skate out about 45 minutes and turn around thus giving us about 45 minutes to get back to the start point - Vallejo's would still be open and this would be a good way to finish the skate.

graphic letter We crossed westward over "Dave's Bridge" to the Sacramento Levee Promenade; skated north; crossed Capitol Mall at the Tower Bridge; slid into Old Sac on 2nd and Front Streets; angled around the backside of the Railroad Museum, tip-toed over the gravel ballast and railroad track spur (better than tip-toeing through tulips) and connected with the recreation trail just south of the I Street Bridge.

North on the recreation trail and soon we were at the Jibboom Street Bridge. Crossing over the American River into Discovery Park we meandered through the parking lot to Natomas Park Dr which connects with Garden Hwy. We skated westward on the recreation trail paralleling Garden Hwy and at Gateway Oaks Drive we turned north; skated down the short incline and turning westward on River Plaza Drive.

River Plaza Dr. brought us to an access point for the recreation trail that parallels the Main Drainage Channel. Hmmm - our 45 minutes out have been used up. Decision time: do we continue skating or turn back? We came to skate – continue on! We can eat anywhere we damsel-well please. We skated northward; crossed West El Camino and continued on the recreation trail to the Gateway Oaks business park.

A quick stop was made at a set of picnic tables at the business park. Our return trip mirrored the outgoing leg. We finished back at 3rd and S around 10 pm. Vallejo's was closed and Chipotle would have been closed by the time we got our skating gear off - so Willie's over at 16th and Broadway got the nod for our apres-skate chow down.

For the 11.8+ miles we covered, the street and rec trail surfaces were perfect for skating, no rain, no cold winds and we finished it all off with good eats - paraphrasing Willie Nelson: "we weren't cold, wet or hungry - call it good times!" To see a map of tonight's skate, click above on the right.

Keep Skatin'

Brian

graphic letter Wonderful aerobic exercise and social fun!  Join us!  

February 14, 2011

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1 skates Downtown Sacramento!

Mermaid swimming, as seen in Dive Bar (1016 K Street in Sacramento, CA ) on February 14, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

I arrived at 3rd and S at 6:59 and left at 7:18. I was the only skater who showed up. I guess this low attendance was because of the weather - GLOOMY with a significant chance of rain.

I skated north on 4th Street, then I weaved through CalPERS hooded lights to Q Street. Then I skated north and east to 24 HR Fitness on 7th Street, where I went in to say, "Hello!"

graphic letter Well, next I skated east on the K Street Mall to the Dive Bar at 1016 K Street. There I skated inside to take a movie and have a beer. You can get away with more when you are skating alone. To see the YouTube video of a mermaid swimming at the Dive Bar, click above on the left.

Next, after about 45 minutes, I skated home. Tonight I skated about 6 miles. Next Monday I hope for more skaters and more fun exercise. Tonight I had it mermaid, a swimmingly good time!

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Bernie

February 7, 2011

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3 skate Sacramento River Levee south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant & do a Land Park loop!

Link to YouTube video with some highlights of the August 30, 2010 Monday Night Skate Cynthia skates south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Gus, Cynthia, and Bernie skate south on the Sacramento River Levee on the May 17, 2010 Monday Night Skate. Photo by Amon. Morgan and Steve take a break at Scott's Seafood Restaurant on the February 7, 2011 Monday Night Skate.

We had three skaters tonight - Morgan, Steve, and myself. Above are links to one video and two photos from similar skates in the past. However, tonight's skate was darker and with fewer skaters. On the right above is a photo of tonight's skaters. After some discussion, Steve suggested a skate south. We agreed, and Steve led us.

We skated west and north to the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Then we skated south on the promenade to Broadway, where we skated into Miller Park by the Sacramento Marina.

graphic letter We skated south from the Marina on Ramp Road (very rough pavement) to the boat launch area and onto the Sacramento River Levee. Next we skated south on the Levee to Sutterville Road.

At Sutterville Road we decided to skate further south to Scott's Seafood Restaurant, where we took a break. See photo above on the right.

From Scott's Seafood Restaurant, we skated back on the Sacramento River Levee to Sutterville Road. On Sutterville Road we skated east to the Sacramento Zoo and Land Park. After a brief break, we skated a loop through Land Park. Next we skated north on 17th Street to Crocker Middle School.

After skating around on the smooth pavement of Crocker Middle School, we skated north on Marty to the Tower Theater and it marquee.

Next we were homeward bound - west on Broadway, north on 11th Street, and west on S Street. 3rd and S! I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

It was after 9:00 and all the skaters went home - without even getting drunk!

Bernie

January 31, 2011

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4 skate American River Parkway and Downtown Sacramento!

The January 31, 2011 Monday Night Skate - Some highlights. A 33 second video with 'Susi Q' by Credence Clearwater Revival as the background music.

Four skaters - Gordon, Steve, Sue, and myself skated tonight. As suggested by Steve, we decided to skate the American River Parkway - to get away from traffic - because we had a new skater - Sue (For brief highlights of this skate, see the YouTube movie above on the right. ).

We skated across Dave's Bridge - R Street extended west over I 5 to Front Street and the Sacramento riverfront Promenade. See the brief YouTube movie linked to above on the right.

graphic letter We continued skating north into Old Sacramento. When we reached a great entrance to the American River Parkway, Sue didn't feel good. So we skated her back to our 3rd and S starting point.

Next we started skating again, mainly under the leadership of Gordon. This second time we did a Downtown and American River Parkway skate. One of our first destinations was the State Capitol.

From the State Capitol, we skated east on Capitol to 20th Street, where we skated north onto the American River Parkway at 20th and C. We skated the American River Parkway to Discovery Park.

At Discovery Park we skated up the Bridge, then back to Old Sacramento, where we had been earlier. From Old Sacramento, we were soon back at our 3rd and S starting point. I estimate that we skated about 10 miles.

We were all tired, so we went directly home. I want to thank Gordon for a ride home.

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Bernie

January 24, 2011

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3 skate near Sacramento State College and back!

Highlights of the August 17, 2009 Monday Night Skate in Sacramento. Includes a skating down a parking lot video.

No new photos or movies. Three skaters - Gordon, Morgan, and myself skated tonight.  Steve showed up, but he forgot his helmet. As suggested and led by Gordon, we decided to skate toward Sacramento State College). (For almost complete highlights of a skate like this, see the YouTube movie of a similar August 17, 2009 skate above on the left. January 24,2011 we had fewer skaters, it was darker and we bypassed Sacramento State.).

We skated S St.past Alhambra and then jogged south to T St. T St. is very smooth on the east side of Stockton and we skated quite quickly to 59th St, where we turned north and crossed over Hwy 50.

Continuing on 59th St. we skated to Folsom Blvd near the Corti Bros. market and then skated 58th St. to M St. We turned west on M Street, to return to downtown Sacramento.

Soon we were back at 3rd and S. I estimate that we skated 8 to 10 miles.

After the skate, Gordon and I went to Chipotle (Vallejo's was closed.) to enjoy food, beverage, and conversation.

graphic letter What wonderful fun aerobic exercise and social fun!  

Bernie

January 17, 2011

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Iceland Rink Maintainer, Steve, and Brian discuss the ice skating rink on the January 17, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Google Map for the January 17, 2011 skate (unreliable link).

Þrjár skaters ferð til Íslands til að kíkja á framvindu

Well, I hope the title actually translates to: ‘Three skaters journey to Iceland to check on the progress’ and not some mean-spirited insult. I’ll trust the translate function of Google got it right… Steve, Bernie and I skated to Iceland and did not find any Icelandic skater girls – no just a hard-working gentleman tasked with carefully laying down layers of water to freeze and form the skating surface at the recently reopened skating establishment. Check out the Sacbee web link for info: Sac Bee info on Iceland

Our journey to Iceland started as normal at 3rd and S and proceeded westward; crossing the treacherous waters of the I-5 freeway via Dave’s Bridge and connecting to the placid and tranquil Promenade on the Sacramento River levee. We continued north through Old Sac to the Jibboom St Bridge where we crossed over the American River into Discovery Park. We had some concerns whether the recreation trail would be closed due to flooding. The only way to find out was to venture in. The trail was open but evidence of water having covered its surface was observed; silt lines on the asphalt demarcated the extent of the water flow and barrier cones placed on the trail margin stood as vacant sentries.

Upon reaching the crossing point of the recreation trail and the “Subway” extension from Del Paso Blvd. we turned east to connect with Del Paso. The evening air was cooler in the river bottom area but area was very quiet and serene as we skated through.

On Del Paso we continued eastward to the Iceland Skating Rink. Bernie grabbed a photo op as we stood at the entrance to the American Ice Co. Hmmm, an ice company next to the ice rink. I never paid attention to this arrangement in all the times I used to visit Iceland. The rink has a notice posted out front indicating it is in operation while the reconstruction continues and the entrance is around the back of the building. So we of curious nature followed the directions to the back where we found the aforementioned gentleman diligently laying down additional layers of water to properly form the ice surface for the rink. We discussed how their re-opening days had been going – excellently; discussed little known details of the ice rink surface – it is formed on a bed of sand; finishing with the projected reconstruction plans for the structure’s roof – still influx depending on finances, the weather, etc. For a photo at Iceland, click above on the left.

Bernie suggested we start the trek back by continuing west to Globe St then go north to reconnect with Del Paso. At DPB we turned west and reversed our incoming path with one exception: Steve took us on a detour at Railroad Drive to visit what is now Azteca Stadium, which used to be a skating and hockey rink, and is now an indoor soccer arena. Check out the Yelp info here: Azteca Stadium (indoor soccer).

graphic letter We crossed over the American River via the 12th St. Bridge and continued west on the recreation trail on the levee top. The remainder of the return leg was a straight reversal of the out-going trip; Discovery Park to Old Sac; Old Sac to the Sac River Promenade; Dave’s Bridge back to the start point at 3rd and S.

The total distance covered was about 12 miles. The weather conditions were perfect; a light breeze blowing, slightly cool, but the streets were relatively dry. Our finishing time was south of 9 pm; Vallejo’s was closed so Steve called it an evening. Bernie and I went to Willie’s at 16th and Broadway for chili dogs, fries and lively conversation.

The food was great (can’t beat the Slammer menu at Willie’s) and we solved our nation’s problems in 30 minutes or less…For a map of tonight's skate, click above on the right.

Þangað til næst, haldið á Skautum!
(Until next week, keep Skatin’!)

Brian

January 10, 2011

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Brian's Google Map of January 10, 2011 ('Midtown Meander') Monday Night Skate route.

Ice Rink, Mermaid Bar, Crow Poop – Oh, My!

I showed up for the Jan. 10 Monday Night Skate around 7 pm; Morgan was already there with wheels; Bernie skating westward on S St soon was to form the third pillar of our skating triad.

After I got all my gear on; headband, helmet, helmet light, elbow pads, gloves, wrist guards, knee stabilizer, knee pads, and ahh skates - yep, gotta have the skates – I joined Morgan and Bernie to discuss the plan for the skate.

As typical, we had no plan. Just a general feeling of skating in a direction and see what we find. Our initial feeling was to skate toward the ice rink at St. Rose of Lima Park and then try to find the location of the midtown roller rink.

So east on S St for about a block with a turn north on 4th St to R; R eastward to 7th and another turn north; approximately eight city blocks later we were at K St Mall and the entrance of the ice rink. The conditions for ice skating were perfect: the air calm and cold, the ice solidly frozen – and the crowd was small - those out on the rink looked to be having a great time. Two young men with excellent skating skills were free to jump, slalom and hockey-stop to their hearts’ content. But they were still confined to their small ice world, where we on inline skates could give a supercilious chortle and skate anywhere we damsel-well please.

So we did. We need to find the “Mermaid Nightclub” - North on 7th to J St; east on J to 10th St; a one block jog south back to K St and diagonal slice across the mall proper to the corner of 11th St allowed us to observed the believed location of the aquatic location of libation and merriment; the Crest Theatre sits directly across the mall and cater-corner is the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The club isn’t in operation yet but it should draw a good crowd. Here is hoping this area of the mall builds momentum - the downtown club scene could use a boost.

Word of warning for all club goers: do not congregate under any of the trees in this area. That pitter-patter splatting you hear is bird poo from all the crows in their nightly roost. Don’t look up unless you are wearing a safety shield or some borrowed sunglasses. :-)

graphic letter We crossed back north on 11th and connected with J St. where we turned east. At 16th we turned north, traversing along the brick majesty of Memorial Auditorium. At I St we turned east and skated to the parking garage, sitting mid-block at 1630. The vestigial remains of the indoor roller rink could be observed; multiple strands of festive lighting hung from the back interior wall of the garage and the ghostly energy of throngs of skaters from days gone by could be felt as a cold, dank malaise, its bone chilling gloom slowly forcing us to our knees… Whoa! Wrong skate report or wrong trite, boilerplate novel…

Actually, the remaining lights did indicate the potential for having a really cool indoor skating facility in midtown. This Yelp link gives some info on the seasonal roller rink operation:
This Yelp link gives some info on the seasonal roller rink operation

Maybe, this indoor rink idea will catch on. To improve the experience, a location with open span roof support would be ideal; the vertical support columns in the parking garage really restrict the free skate area. So any of you midtown building owners who have a vacant structure with a smooth concrete floor and decent lighting (preferably, skylights included), open span glu-lam roof beams/trusses and a minimum of 80 feet x 200 feet clear, let us get our people with your people and make a deal on a great alternative usage for your structure.

We left the roller rink and traveled back to 16th St; continuing to N. 16th St. At North B St. we crossed over to take a peek inside Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing and Fitness, check out their website: http://touchstoneclimbing.com/sp.html

The condition of the asphalt and concrete on N. 16th St deteriorated to a morass of upheavals, potholes, rocks and entanglements so we cut west on North C St. to connect with North 12th St. At N. 12 and Dos Rios St. we crossed to take Dos Rios north to Richards Blvd.

West on Richards brought us to the Sacramento River levee and we skirted its base on Jibboom St. South on Jibboom to the water intake facility plaza and we accessed the recreation trail here. The rest of the return trip was per our standard Old Sac route to the promenade area south of the Tower Bridge. We crossed over the freeway on “Dave’s Bridge” and finished back at 3rd and S around 9:10 pm.

Chipotle got the nod again for our after-skate gathering. As usual the subjects of conversation were varied and fun. Call it a great skate!

Until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

January 3, 2011

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Morgan, Brian, Gordon pause in front of lumens on the January 3, 2011 Monday Night Skate.Google Map for the 'McKinley/Elvas Loop' skate.

Cool Streets = Cool Skating

Four skaters showed up for the first skate of 2011: Morgan, Gordon, Bernie and myself. The air was calm and cool with slight fog high off the deck and the temperature in the low 40’s. The streets were a smorgasbord of variable conditions ranging from dry to damp with branches and wet leaves thrown in to keep things interesting. Hey - we are a tenacious bunch!

A loop around, through or passing by McKinley Park was chosen; we got rolling around 7:20 pm. Typical route going east on S St with a turn north on 10th. As we passed the Capitol Building a quick loop or two was taken around the State Christmas Tree.

graphic letter We continued north on 10th to L St; turned east, skirted the perimeter of Capital Park to 15th St; skated two blocks north to connect with K St; turned east. On K we glided along in the quiet stillness of the myriad of textures of mid-town – past Gallery 2110 with beautiful photographs and paintings of horses and welded sculptures of horses that caught our attention (check out their website:
Gallery 2110 website), past Lumens with shimmering lamps and luminaires on display; past the club scene and fine eateries continuing eastward.

Just past the California State Indian Museum K St crosses under the Downtown Freeway section of Hwy 99 and we connected with Alhambra Blvd. We turned north; skated to the entrance to the Florence Turton Clunie Library and turned east on McKinley Blvd.

At the corner of 39th St/D St we turned southeast onto D St. This area has some wonderful architecture and well worth a tour to check out the quaint craftsman bungalows and tudors. Interestingly, some mixed use commercial buildings still exist in the residential area and we took a quick stop at one in the 44 hundred block of D: Celebration Arts Theatre nestled in next to Lean On Me Personal Training. Bernie recently attended their performance of the musical “Mahalia”, a celebration of the life and times of Mahalia Jackson (check out their website:
Celebration Arrts website).

After a quick regroup, we continued along D as it serpentines its way; becoming 51st St, then C St; finally, connecting with Elvas Blvd. We skated south on Elvas to 56th St, eventually, connecting with M St.

M St. – our tried and true friend, our asphaltic avenue of the gods – slightly shrouded with the veil of late evening fog would become our conveyance of completion, our path of divine happiness toward returning to the Origin at 3rd and S. Even though M St was resurfaced a few years ago and the new surface was very rough, over time it has been smooth due to vehicle traffic and now is one of the nicer streets to skate.

Per our typical skate route M brought us back to Alhambra and we continued back past Capital Park, meandered “the numbers” to get back to 3rd and S; finishing around 9:15 pm. Total distance about 10 miles.

Since Vallejo’s was already closed, Gordon, Bernie and I drove to Chipotle at 19th and Capitol. The food and conversation was great.

Google Map for the 'McKinley/Elvas Loop' skate:
Google Map for the 'McKinley/Elvas Loop' skate.

Until next week – Keep Skatin’

Brian

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