Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset
Water flows over rocks in Putah Creek west of Winters. Years ago, the creek ran dry, but the waterway has been rejuvenated, thanks to a historic water accord and massive volunteer efforts. Greg Rihl/Enterprise file photo
The first time I visited Putah Creek on my own, I ended up there by accident. I was pedaling along Russell Boulevard, where the sidewalk is a bike path, its asphalt bumpy with roots. An avenue opened to my left, and metal pegs that blocked cars invited bicyclists and pedestrians to wander in. Under old olive trees, a couple strolled hand in hand; an older man without a shirt ran with perfect form.
I was too warm in my jeans, which clung to my legs as my feet moved around and around, but I wasn’t ready to go home. The evening hung easy around me. Continue Reading