Spring 2013 Update

20130622-205048.jpgAt summer solstice, I think back over the preceding season. A lot of interesting things (to me, at least) happen that don’t make it in to posts. A few are on Facebook, or tweeted, but most are only on my calendar or in my head. Probably the thing that best captures the season for me is the new Midtown Farmers Market, and the produce of the season.

I attended the Epicenter contra dance weekend in Mill Valley in early April. It is one of the best weekends I’ve attended. Music was Blue Ribbon Dance Band and Mean Lids, callers were Lynn Ackerson, Susan Petrick, and George Marshall. Dancing was joyous, by all of us.

I spent part of my spring break in Sacramento just catching up and relaxing, and part in Henderson with family – Jane, John, Kimberly, Allison, Vincent, and Lily. Also visited with Marc and Ann.

Sarah clued me into the classic movie series, and I saw West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia, American Beauty, and Casablanca.

I went to Chico at the end of April to assist Karen and Pete with the Childflower bike rodeo that is part of the famous Wildflower ride. In another Chico connection, I saw MaMuse in Sacramento. Karisha, a friend from years ago when I lived in Chico, is half of MaMuse.

I volunteered at Sunday Streets San Francisco in Bayview/Dogpatch, which was my first time for that location, and really, even that part of town. I also wandered and had dinner with Barbara, and then went to the Sacred Circle Dance in El Cerrito with Sienna.

During May is Bike Month there were more rides than I could keep up with, but I did go to Bike Month Kickoff, Bike Party Sacramento, Jane Jacobs Roll: Sacramento Streetcar Bike Ride, Capitol Bikefest, Public Art Ride, Art Mix/Chain Reaction, Tour de Brews: New Helvetia & Track 7, and Bike from Work Party. I bike commented to work more than half the days, and accumulated 547 miles, a bit less than last year.

My hiking was limited to one backpack trip, closing my gap in the Western States and American Discovery Trail. In May I rode 72 miles of the ADT, Sacramento to Antioch. The coming season, summer, will see very little bicycling but a lot of backpacking, bringing things into balance.

I went to Northwest Folklife, four days of music and dancing in Seattle, and had a wonderful, wonderful time.

That’s not all of the spring, but it’s the biggies.

About Dan Allison

Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.
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