Some fun happenings
Don’t forget the Isleton Cajun Festival on June 14 and 15. This is a great event with live music, plenty of local crawdads, and lots of fun! The venue has changed to B & W resort which allows it to spread out. Shuttle busses are available to take you to the festival from Delta Loop locations. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/12/6476228/isleton-cajun-blues-festival-to.html#
We went on a cruise to Moore’s Riverboat for lunch early this week. I had a BLT with avacado which was excellent. Galen Kusic editor of the River News Herald In Rio Vista http://rivernewsherald.org/ had a chicken sandwich which he devoured and said was great. Bob Light the noted cartoonist for the paper had the piece de la resistance – a prime rib sandwich which appeared to be the best of all!
After lunch we headed back up the Mokelumne to return to Oxbow marina and when we got to the Highway 12 bridge and called for an opening the operator said they had an electrical problem and could not open it. We waited a while and finally the operator said they had to get an electrician to fix it.
Luckily we were near Perry’s Boat Harbor so I called manager Joe Bevaqua and he let us come in and tie up. The great lady that runs the office Debra gave us a ride back to our cars so our whole day was not ruined waiting for the bridge.
If you have not heard, the Natural Resource Agency is proposing changing the name of the California Delta to the Sacramento / San Joaquin Delta. From a marketing standpoint this just not make sense it has been marketed around the world as the California Delta and no one outside of California has heard the term Sacramento San Joaquin. Here is a link to a questionaire where you can see prospective logos and give your opinion. Notice the logos all look like something from a government agency, nothing reflecting the fun and beauty of the Delta. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DeltaLogo sadly either $197,000 or $95,000 (we cant figure out which figure is correct) hard earned taxpayer dollars have been spent on this venture.
Here is a road sign that was approved at some expense by the California Department of Transportation some years ago. Why would we want to go back and rewrite the book and develop a new sign now? Isn’t it enough that John Laird and other state officials are trying to steal most of the water out of the Delta?
It looks like the proposed barriers blocking Delta waterways have been put on hold by Mark Cowin’s Department of Water Resources. These were to have been constructed on Steamboat Slough, Sutter Slough, and False River, they would have blocked boat traffic and created havoc for Delta farmers. According to the DWR they are on hold for the rest of the season.
Here is a link to a good article in the Stockton Record about fun in the Delta: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140608%2FA_LIFE%2F406070312
Here is another one, this one from the Lodi News Sentinel: http://www.lodinews.com/discover/article_cb0381a8-e2a8-11e3-8fcb-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=image
Well, have a great weekend and don’t eat too many crawdads!
About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.