First Meetup for me. Enjoyed connecting w those folks who made it to the Theater, and going viewing with several of them. The dispersed character of the photo objects (the cranes at various refuges, etc) was not optimal for a "group experience" however. No mind, though - will look forward to joining for other trips in the future...
0 · November 4, 2012
Didn't really see much of the festival, spent most of the time out chasing cranes. It was nice meeting everyone.
0 · November 3, 2012
I plan to go later in the day - leaving Benicia around ten or so. If anyone wants to ride with me, email me. I have a tour reservation at 4:15, so will be finishing late (around 7).
0 · November 1, 2012
I am signed up for a tour which ends at noon so hopefully I will catch up with you all somewhere along the way, if not, enjoy. When I tried to sign up most of them were full already.
Monty: Here is the website for Hutchins Street Square. The Exhibit Hall and Theatre are all in one area. http://www.hutchinsstreetsquare...
0 · October 25, 2012
Oh, a couple more things...
Lodi Lake has a public boat launch, so if you have a boat, and want to do a self-guided tour of the waterways, this might be an option for you. Although, I'm not sure if the Cranes use the deeper waterways, they may just stay in the marshland.
Last, I used Hotels.com and found a $60/night for a 2-queen room in Lodi. For those who want to spend the night, and even carpool and split a room, you might want to look it up.
0 · October 24, 2012
OK... I've been doing a bit of research, so here's some info...
The actual Festival (with artists booths, touristy stuff, etc) is Nov 2-4th at the above address. Link: http://www.cranefestival.com/
To actually go into the reserve area, and photograph the cranes; you can pay for a private tour, someone else already posted the link.
OR, The Department of Fish and Game has tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve that are scheduled every weekend between now and through December, they are asking for a $10. donation/person. (I have booked for Dec 2nd.) The Reserve also offers self-guided tours anytime, but you don't get to go as far into the reserve area as you will on a tour.
Here's the links:
I hope this helps!
0 · October 24, 2012