|Pete's Steakhouse in Isleton has been around since the late 1800s.|
|The region was largely settled by Chinese migrants in the 1920s, and the beautiful stained glass artwork at Pete's Steakhouse tells the story|
|More stained glass at Pete's Steakhouse telling the story of the fish and crawdad history of the Delta Loop|
Less than a generation ago this little town was known for biker bars and crawdad festivals. Nowadays it's mostly vineyards, almond orchards, wedding venues, grazing cattle, cute little restaurants and bars, and here and there some apparently abandoned half-baked development projects. It's an easy commute from here to some good-paying jobs in the East Bay (like Antioch and Walnut Creek) and the prices are surprisingly low by California standards for waterfront property; we considered ourselves lucky to be here in this little overlooked spot of California close to everything and yet tucked away and forgotten, and we tolerated the wind which can be quite extreme (no surprises there - the windmills just west of the river are plentiful and nearly always spinning).
|Lance fishing on the Sacramento River at Rio Vista|
There's some world class fishing less than 20 feet from our rig and the chatter around the park is mostly fishing-related. Lance has had some pretty good luck when he goes out, fortunately fishing from a lawn chair with cast foot elevated fit right in with doctor's orders.
|The view from our campsite at the windmills of Rio Vista across the Sacramento River on the Delta Loop|
|Tony's is a biker bar on the levee in Walnut Grove and serves the BEST steak sandwiches on rolls of garlic bread. |
But they only accept cash so plan accordingly.
|Foster's Longhorn restaurant in Rio Vista is adorned with a world-wide collection of dead things on the wall. |
I ordered the salad because I couldn't stand the idea of them watching me eating meat.