Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge | www.sweetteasweetie.com Balmy summer evenings call for fun day trips. About two and half hours away from us is the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. It actually sits a little over an hour drive outside of the City of Sacramento. If you’re visiting Sacramento, I recommend heading out just before dusk. That’s when the  animals are most active & how can you resist those bright pink skies? The Refuge has a driving tour (for the less adventurous) or a couple of walking trails (for those wanting a close up view). There is also a headquarters and visitor center where you can check in with any questions, visit the wildlife exhibit, and check out the bookstore.
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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is one (the best one!) of several National Wildlife Refuges that make up the Sacramento National Wildlife Complex in the area. Here are the visiting times for each or check with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for more info.

  • Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (southeastern Glenn and northeastern Colusa counties, south of Willows)
    • Visitor Center/Headquarters =
         • Winter Hours (Nov-Feb) 9am-4pm every day
         • Spring-Fall Hours (Mar-Oct) 9am-4pm Mon-Fri
         • Visitor Center is closed on federal holidays
      Auto Tour/Wetland Walk (open year-round)
         • 1 hr before sunrise – 1 hr after sunset
      Seasonal Trails (open Feb 15 – June 30)
         • 1 hr before sunrise – 1 hr after sunset
  • Delevan National Wildlife Refuge (east of Maxwell)
    • General viewing is limited to the bordering county roads 
  • Butte Sink National Wildlife Refuge (northeast of the town of Colusa)
    • Butte Sink WMA does not have any lands open to the public.
  • Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (between the towns of Colusa and Williams)
    • Auto Tour/Trail (open year-round)
         • 1 hr before sunrise – 1 hr after sunset 
  • Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (southwest of Yuba City)
    • Seasonal Trails (open Feb 15 – June 30)
         • 1 hr before sunrise – 1 hr after sunset 
  • Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (several non-contiguous sites along the Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Princeton)
    • Trails (open year-round)
         • 2 hrs before sunrise – 1.5 hrs after sunset 

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Last week I shared about visiting the San Diego Safari Park, so this week I’m continuing with that animal trend but jumping over to spotting them in the wild! If you missed the photos of the San Diego Safari Park, go check it out. Definitely my favorite zoo!

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Sunset is one of my favorite times of day. Its so peaceful to see the sky light up with golden tones and fade into bright pinks and purples. The sunset out in the countryside seems so much prettier than in the city. The air just glows. The water in the marshland causes the whole area to glow. I’m so thankful that this space is being preserved.

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Where do you head to check out the local wildlife?

Ahi Tuna Poke | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Summertime is perfect for light and fresh dishes. I am pretty much obsessed with this Ahi Tuna Poke. For those of you who are unfamiliar with poke, it is a traditionally Hawaiian dish that is popping up on menus all over the place. You start with a high quality, sushi grade raw fish, then add […]

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As the fog rolls in for our chilly San Francisco summers, I am doing as many weekend getaways as possible. Don’t worry, our sunshine will reemerge in September as everyone else is breaking out the scarves and pumpkin spice lattes! One of my favorite places to visit is San Diego. I swear the weather there […]

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Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta dish has the honor of being our “fancy” dinner. Whenever guests were coming over that we needed an easy, but delicious and fancy looking dinner to serve, this is our go to. It tastes the best if you prep the olive oil topping the night before, but you can definitely […]

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Ambrosia Salad | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Ambrosia or “food of the gods” is best in its truest form of fresh oranges layered with flakes of coconut. (Yep, I’m on a coconut kick this summer after making coconut shrimp earlier this week!) This Southern dish became popular back in the 1800’s when getting fresh citrus was becoming a possibility. You will find […]

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Crispy Coleslaw with Cranberries | www.sweetteasweetie.com

Coleslaw is a pretty quintessentially Southern side dish. You can’t have a pulled pork sandwich without coleslaw on it and you’ll definitely never see a church luncheon or picnic without coleslaw! This version of the classic has sweet cranberries and crunchy almonds to kick the flavor up a notch. You could also substitute in Napa jalapenos […]

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Kir Royal Champagne Cocktail | www.sweetteasweetie.com

After sharing all about our travels to Reims, the heart of the Champagne region this week for Wanderlust Wednesdays, I couldn’t resist sharing one of my favorite Champagne Cocktails, a Kir Royal! I’ve previously made a yummy Mandarin Champagne Cocktail here if you are looking for more ideas! This week wrapped up the last of our […]

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