Sunwise Co-op in Davis

“A garden requires patient labor and attention.
Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or
to fulfill good intentions.
They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”
Liberty Hyde Bailey

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On my trip to Davis I learned about an amazing community. While I was taking a short walk through the neighborhood where I was visiting, I discovered the Sunwise Co-op community.

Sunwise Co-op was built in the early 1970s by a group of UC Davis students from the on-campus cooperative houses. These students had a vision of how the future of Sunwise should be.

The students wanted a place in the community where low-income individuals could live together in an ecologically sensitive, sustainable, vegetarian, organic, collective manner. The founders of Village Homes, Michael and Judy Corbett, shared this vision and provided the land that would become the home of the Sunwise Co-op in Davis.

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Winters Wonderland

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Winters Sign

We arrived in Davis, California early Saturday morning around 1am.

This morning I decided to explore the town of Winters. It’s just a short thirty minute drive outside of Davis.

Theodore Winters, for whom the city of Winters was named, was described in an early issue of the Winters Advocate in 1876 as a “capitalist.” You can learn more about the history of Winters at their website.

As I drove along Russell Boulevard headed for Winters, I stopped and took some photos of the beautiful fall scenery.

The following are a few shots I took of the small quaint town of Winters, California.

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Drive to Winters Russell Rd Russell Rd Ranch Winters Trees Winters Clock Main St Home Old Red House Main St Yarn Store Main & Railroad First Northern Bank Closeup FNB FNB Customers
Chadwick Bldg Main St Trees

The Town of Davis

“Open up that golden gate
California, Here I Come.”
Al Jolson

Davis Here We Come

Well fellow bloggers, I’m headed up to Davis, California once again. Except this time, my son and I are traveling to Davis in our new 2016 Honda Accord.

A few weeks ago my husband and I bought a new car. Our old Honda Accord was on its last wheels, so to speak. After 13 years, and over 200,000 miles, it was time for a new car.

With the purchase of our new Honda, I was wondering how long it would take my son to invite me up to Davis again. Of course he will be doing all the driving in the new car which is fine by me. I’m looking forward to spending time with my son and the cooler weather and beautiful autumn colors of the town of Davis.

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The History of Davis

“In 2013, the city of Davis was ranked 10th
among the Top Brainiest Cities”
Atlantic Cities Place Matters

Patwin Native Americans

Patwin Indians at Mission Dolores drawn by Louis Choris, circa 1816

Davis is just 385 miles north of Los Angeles. It’s fairly small in size, just 10.5 square miles. The topography is flat, which has helped Davis to become famous as a haven for bicyclists.

Davis was previously settled and inhabited by Patwin Native Americans. After disease decimated most of the native population, many of the remaining Patwins left the area in the 1830s.

By the 1840s European immigrants began to settle in the area. One man in particular, William Wolfskill received a large grant from the Mexican government in 1842 that allowed him to settle from where current day Vacaville is all the way to what is now South Davis.

History of Davis CaliforniaIn the decades that followed, new arrivals to the area cultivated the area’s rich soil and raised livestock, such as cattle. Jerome and Mary Davis owned a ranch which at one time covered 12,000 acres, much of which would later be developed into the City of Davis, whose name derives from the Davis ranch.

Around 1860 the California Pacific Railroad purchased a large portion of the ranch owned by Jerome and Mary Davis. The Davis Junction began operating in 1868, serving as an important stop on the railroad line connecting the eastern Bay Area to the rich farmlands of the Central Valley and Sacramento, allowing much improved transport for agriculture and livestock products. Davis 1909A north-south railroad line also increased the importance of Davisville, as the town was known until 1907, as a transport hub for the regional economy. With the increased railroad activity, the town grew like never before.

The University State Farm near Davis opened in 1908, which would eventually become UC Davis. This education institution was run by UC Berkeley’s College of Agriculture. As the university’s program offerings and enrollment grew, so too did Davis.UC Davis 1900

Then in November of 1916, a large fire erupted in Davis. Since at that time there was no fire department, this fire was especially devastating. This event showed the Davis residents that they needed to begin creating a more formal town to support needed services. In the following year the City of Davis was officially incorporated as a city commission form of government.

By 1962 the university became a general campus of the University of California system. The following decades witnessed a large population and construction boom, reflective of trends observable in many other parts of California. Ultimately however, a more growth-conscious attitude took hold, contributing to the Davis’ reputation as a community highly concerned with finding a balance between environmental considerations and growth.

Today the City of Davis is a university-oriented city with over 66,000 residents. Specific planning decisions made in years past have led to the development of a city widely considered to be one of the most bike-friendly in the country.

I had a great time on my trip to Davis. It’s a beautiful and quaint little town and I look forward to future visits to learn more about the history of Davis.

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Wyland Whaling Wall

“I pretend like I’m painting the whales as they swim by.
I’ve studied whales since I was a child,
so it’s all in my mind.”

Wyland Whaling Wall

This entire week I dedicate my posts to beautiful Redondo Beach.

One of our most famous landmarks is a large mural created by world-famous Laguna Beach artist Wyland. He painted the mural for free back in 1991 in hopes the mural will inspire everyone to make ocean conservation an issue to be examined.

This 87′ x 622′ mural depicting 12 California gray whales can be viewed on the exterior wall of the AES Redondo Generating Station, 1100 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California. The mural is #31 of the artist’s largest and most extraordinary works created as a series of 100 life-size murals in 100 different cities around the world.

The mural illustrates the annual 10,000 mile round-trip migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Baja California and back again to the arctic circle, with their newborn babies alongside. This migration happens every winter and brings the whales close to Redondo Beach’s shoreline.

I feel so fortunate to have witnessed many whales the past years making their yearly trip. If you too have seen whales in their natural habitat, you know what an emotional experience it can be. We need to be reminded of our beautiful oceans and the precious cargo it is home to everyday.

The following 1991 video about Wyland is about his passion for whales and also shows the painting on the Wyland whaling wall.

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