Renaissance Society

Renaissance Walkabouts

Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM during Fall and Spring semesters


— Be there at 9:25 AM for stretches before each Walkabout! winking smiley

— No Walkabouts are held during CSUS instructional recesses and holidays! —




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  • The 'Tortoises' walk two miles, and,
  • The 'Hares' walk four miles.

We currently have 245 Renaissance Society members registered with Walkabouts — about 11% of the total membership!

You are free to attend any Walkabout you want, and we have no maximum number of walkers.  Usually 30-40 people show up for Walkabouts, but once we had more than 60 participants!

And, you are always welcome to join us!  We are only as strong as our membership!

Tortoise & Hare

Tortoise & Hare scupture, by Nancy Schön
Copley Square, Boston, MA

Each Walkabout has two volunteer leaders — one for the Tortoises and one for the Hares:

  • The leaders determine and test-walk each walk.
  • The leaders prepare written directions to the walks which are emailed to Walkabouts registrants.  Leaders are encouraged to include interesting facts about the park or area of the walk.
  • The leaders will also look for adequate parking, restroom facilities, and determine if there are any applicable entry or parking fees.  Each leader also carries a medical emergency packet.
  • The leaders also choose a restaurant for lunch, and verify that the restaurant has room for a large group, separate checks, and adequate parking.
  • The leaders, in the event of rain or flooding, make the "call" whether that Walkabout will proceed.  If the rain is heavy and it's windy & cold, a Walkabout is probably not going to happen.  If it's moderate or light rain, it probably is going to happen, so bring your umbrella or other rain protection.  Ditto on flooding — be prepared!  It has been said "The sun always shines on Walkabouts" since only three of nearly one hundred & eighty Walkabouts in the last six years needed to be cancelled due to rain — and two of them went on anyway.  And, no Walkabout has yet been flooded out! winking smiley
  1. This is a physical activity, so each walker is required to wear his or her Renaissance nametag with emergency information.  If the Renaissance tag is forgotten, then we will require each such walker to write out their emergency information before proceeding on the Walkabouts.
  2. Each walker is expected to stay with the Walkabouts group, or tell the leader if they are leaving.
  3. Current membership with the Renaissance Society is required.  Update or join anew at the Membership button link above.
  4. Registration with the Walkabouts group is also required.  See the Register for Walkabouts section, below, for details.
  5. Walkers make their own choice to go to lunch, or not.
  6. Sorry, dogs are not allowed!
  7. And, lastly, we always walk on the left, so bikes can safely pass on our right!
  8. This is the standard for all trails in this region, with these exceptions:
    • UC Davis, where people walk on the right, and bikes approach on the left, and
    • CSUS, where there don't seem to be any rules on where to walk or bike!   winking smiley

NOTICE:
Walkers who do not comply with this safety requirement
will be not be permitted to participate in Walkabouts!

Walk Left, Bike Right

City of Folsom trail marking
Photo by Nanci Kuzins


All Walkabouts are now done for both Fall, 2017 and Spring, 2018 semesters!

Here's what we have scheduled for Fall, 2018, & when and where we went the past two semesters:

Fall, 2018 Walkabouts Schedule:
  • Coming Up!   First Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on September 5th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Second Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on September 12th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Third Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on September 19th!   Hagan Community Park & American River Parkway, in Rancho Cordova!

    Meet at 9:25 AM for stretches, at Cordova Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.   Click for map to Starting Point

  • Coming Up!   Fourth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on September 26th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Fifth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on October 3rd!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Sixth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on October 10th!   To be determined, in West Sacramento!
  • Coming Up!   Seventh Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on October 17th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Eighth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on October 24th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Ninth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on October 31st!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Tenth Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on November 7th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   Eleventh Fall, 2018 Walkabout, on November 14th!   To be determined!
  • Coming Up!   No Walkabout during Fall Recess, on November 21st   Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Coming Up!   Tenth Fall Walkabout, on November 28th!   Johnny Cash Trail in Folsom!

    Meet at 9:25 AM for stretches, at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena parking lot, at 250 Stafford Street, in Folsom.   Click for map to Starting Point

    Lunch at The Spaghetti Factory, 12401 Folsom Blvd, at the Nimbus Winery, in Rancho Cordova, CA.   Click for map to restaurant   Click for restaurant website

Past Walkabouts, During the Spring, 2018 Semester:
  • First Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on February 7th!   Sunriver Park into the American River Parkway, & across Fair Oaks' “Red Bridge”!
  • Second Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on February 14th!   Jack E. Hill Park & Laguna Creek, in Elk Grove!
  • Third Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on February 21st!   Jacob Lane into the American River Parkway, William B. Pond Park & River Bend Parks!
  • Fourth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on February 28th!   Miner's Ravine West, in Roseville!
  • Fifth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on March 7th!   Miner's Ravine East, in Roseville!
  • Sixth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on March 14th!   Sacramento Northern Railway Trail Loop, in West Sacramento!
  • No Walkabout during Spring Break, on March 21st!
  • Seventh Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on March 28th!   UC Davis Arboretum, in Davis!
  • Eighth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on April 4th!   Sacramento Marina (Miller Park) & Riverwalk!
  • Ninth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on April 11th!   Natomas Ditch & Alder Creek, in Folsom!
  • Tenth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on April 18th!   Ladybird Walkabout!  East Portal to McKinley Parks, in East Sacramento!
  • Eleventh Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on April 25th!   North Laguna Creek Park to Jacinto Creek Park, in Laguna!
  • Twelfth Spring, 2018 Walkabout, on May 2nd!   El Dorado Trail, in Placerville!
Past Walkabouts, During the Fall, 2017 Semester:
  • First Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on September 6th!   CSUS Medley, in Sacramento!
  • Second Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on September 13th!   Garcia Bend, in Pocket Area, Sacramento, along Sacramento River Trail to Freeport Regional Water Intake Facility.
  • Third Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on September 20th!   William B. Pond Park, American River Parkway, in Carmichael!
  • Fourth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on September 27th!   Sacramento Marina, at Miller Park, in Sacramento!
  • Fifth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on October 4th!   New Walkabout!  Sacramento Northern Railway (’Clarksburg Branch Line‘) Trail Loop, in West Sacramento!
  • Sixth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on October 11th!   Ancil Hoffman Park in the American River Parkway, in Carmichael!
  • Seventh Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on October 18th!   Maidu Regional Park, in Roseville!
  • Eighth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on October 25th!   New Walkabout!   Foulks Ranch Parks, in Elk Grove!  Interconnecting Kloss, Pedersen, Batey, & Lichtenberger Parks!
  • Ninth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on November 1st!   Dry Creek Community Park & Dry Creek Parkway, in Walerga!
  • Tenth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on November 8th!   New Walkabout!  Johnny Cash Trail in Folsom!
  • Eleventh Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on November 15th!   Jack E. Hill Park and Laguna Creek, in Elk Grove!
  • No Walkabout during Fall Recess, on November 22nd!   Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Twelfth Fall, 2017 Walkabout, on November 29th!   Cosumnes River Preserve, in Galt!

If you're here, reading this, you may not know if you're already registered for Walkabouts — or not registered for Walkabouts!

Here's how to tell:
  1. You're already getting Walkabouts emails!

  2. If you're already getting our Walkabouts emails — then you're already registered from last semester — or have already recently newly registered!

    And, for this Spring and Summer, your Walkabouts registration rolls over from then!

    That means since you're already getting emails from Walkabouts — please don't re-register!

    Getting Walkabouts emails means you're still registered with Walkabouts!  Don't clone yourself by still again re-registering!


  3. You're already getting Walkabouts emails, and want to change your Walkabouts email setup, or unsubscribe from Walkabouts emails!

  4. If you're already getting Walkabouts emails, and you need to need to change your email address, or any other registration field — just open your last Walkabouts email, look down at the bottom of it, and click the 'update subscription preferences' link — and then make whatever changes you want!

    Ditto if you want to click on the 'unsubscribe from this list' link — it's the same as un-registering from Walkabouts!


  5. You're not already getting Walkabouts emails!

  6. However, if you aren't yet registered, please go ahead and do so!

    That's the only way we can send you Walkabout email's & other updates!

    Click here to newly register for Walkabouts!

    1. After hitting this button, another window will open, and you will be prompted to fill in a form.
    2. When you complete it, you will get an email — and you will need to respond to it if you want to successfully register.
    3. Next, in another webform, you will need check a box, and then choose pictures that match the question being asked.  These steps are necessary to intercept "robot" programs trying to scam us humans! winking smiley
    4. Lastly, you will get another email confirming you are registered to Walkabouts.  If you don't get it, you missed one of the steps! winking smiley


Mary Runyan and Donna Eash
Getting each Walkabout scheduled and led, and coordinating with Renaissance Society.
Lance Muller
Information Technology support: i.e., Walkabouts registration, web design, email campaigns, Walkabout maps, and working with leaders to prepare consistent Walkabout flyers.


Photo by Norma Markley

Photo by Norma Markley

Walking the trail through the rockpiles at Rossmoor Bar!