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Disaster Tourism Road Trip Part 8; San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta

The last day of my trip I got up early and made my way out of Fairfield towards California State Route 12.  The junction with CA 12 had a nice view of Mount Diablo to the south.


I was more or less heading eastward towards CA 99 but I was also collecting shield pictures along the way.  CA 113 actually was closed to the north due to flood waters from the winter rains.







CA 84 north of Rio Vista was closed at the Ryer Island Ferry.  CA 84 is one of two state highways in California that still has a ferry segment.  The Ryer Island Ferry crosses Cache Slough where CA 84 junctions with CA 220 which is the only other state highway with a ferry.  Heavy floods in the area put both ferries out of service.





CA 12 continues east over the Sacramento River into Sacramento County via the Rio Vista Bridge.  The current Rio Vista Bridge is a lift design which was completed in 1960. 





On Andrus Island I encountered the junction of CA 160 and headed north towards Isleton.  CA 160 used to be part of the much …

Disaster Tourism Road Trip Part 7; The Black Hole of Lake Berryessa (CA 121 and CA 128)

From Point Reyes my next destination was to the east at the Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument which was the last I had not visited in California. I had special occasion given the Monticello Dam glory hole spillway was actually active after all the heavy winter rains.


After making my way back to California State Route 1 from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard I turned north towards Point Reyes Station.  Point Reyes Station has been around since 1875 when it was called Olema Station.  CA 1 is configured through town in Point Reyes Station and has the feel of an old rural California highway.










I turned east on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, I was trying to avoid floods on CA 37 to the east.  Point Reyes-Petaluma Road follows Nicasio Creek and crosses it on a painted mid-20th century bridge.






I stopped at the Nicasio Reservoir given it was full from the rains.  Apparently the earthen reservoir was constructed in 1961 when the Seeger Dam was completed.  I'm to understand that Point Reyes-Pet…