Mississippi Bar, Rancho Cordova

Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999

by Pete Olsten, 530-758-9051

The final Sacramento-area meet of the century for Gold Country Orienteers will at Mississippi Bar in Rancho Cordova. The location is a great one, on the bluffs just north of Lake Natoma along the American River Parkway. Before or after orienteering, you can enjoy a bike ride, an inline skate, or some salmon fishing.

By this time of year, the mosquitoes are gone and the poison oak is dormant (but still potent). Temperatures are usually in the low 70s. The thistles, however, are still around.

The area is an interesting one, with woods, open and desolate areas, and piles and piles of rocks left over from Gold Rush dredging. These rocks can test your footwork, coordination, and balance.

There will be five excellent courses covering all levels, with beginner instruction about 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and starts are 10 a.m. to 12 noon. GCO prices are $5 for beginner individuals or groups or GCO or BAOC members, $8 for nonmembers, and $2 for a second map or second course.


Take Highway 50 east from Sacramento towards South Lake Tahoe. Turn off at the Hazel Avenue exit, just west of Folsom. Go north, over the river about a mile to Sunset. Go right and down the hill to the stop sign. Look for signs to the stables area parking lot.