it is turning into an annual tradition to visit my sister in sacramento. last year, it was in october. i was hoping to feel the fall, but the leaves were still really green. this time, i went in november and i got to see many red leaves. yay :)
my flight was early in the morning, and for the the first time ever i almost missed my flight. man was it stressful. i flew out a small airport near my house and did not consider the time the door actually closes (which is, duh, before leaving). the line was also super long! normally i have maybe 5 people ahead of me, but this time it was more like 80. i then waited in the wrong line (las vegas was the next gate over). i passed through and they stopped me and told me i was boarding the wrong plane. i got in the plane 7 minutes before the doors closed. never again will i leave that late. so stressful.
i then waited an hour for the bus for the 15 mile or so ride to old town sacramento. the bus driver was so nice (they are either the greatest or worst). old town is right between downtown and the american river. this is alway a must when i visit. there are old trains, old west/saloon buildings, and fun shops. what is there not to love, especially because the buildings were decorated for christmas. of course, my first stop was coffee.
i am trying to take more pictures of myself during these trips, but i'm awkward. it's a curse.
i really do love old town.
when i was walking in old town, i discovered (when i accidentally walked into the exhibit room with no admission) that the california state railroad museum has a new exhibit on passenger trains. there is a reproduced early 1900s passenger station, including a box office, waiting area, and display of trains. i decided to go to the museum again to see the new exhibit.
california state railroad museum
the california state railroad museum is one of my favorite museums of all time. now am i really into trains? no, but it is so wonderfully put together. i love when a museum makes you feel like you are traveling back in time. some of the trains on display you can go inside and thats really special. i would say this is my number one attraction to visit in sacramento. you also get a really good general history of california and transportation.
inside the passenger station exhibit.
i think the southern pacific railroad trains are my favorite :)
next, it was time to eat. right along the railroad tracks are a few food places. one of them being railroad fish and chips. its such a cute little place sorrounded my the trains. i got me some fish tacos and chips.
after eating, i took the mile or so walk to the california museum. i had to take a bit of a detour because the veterans parade was going on.
the tower bridge.
along the way, i ran into the leland mansion. i always wanted to go in, but to my understanding it was only open with a reservation. the gate was open, so i thought i would just look inside. to my surprise it was open. to enter, you have to take a tour, which is offered hourly. since i had so much time, i thought i would take the tour. i try to avoid every tour i can, but i really enjoyed this one (other than the fact i could not take pictures). i forgot his name, but the guide was really great. i even got to play the little of 'when the saints go marching in' that i know on the piano in there (i suck, but know one knew how to play). i am also proud that when he asked whose portrait was on the wall, i guessed ulysses s. grant correctly. i love trivia :)
the crazy ass manion.
leland stanford is a huge figure in california history. he is considered one of the 'big four,' railroad tycoons who created the western portion of the transcontinental railroad. he was also governor of california (hence the home being in sacramento). he also founded stanford university in memory of his only child. the mansion was also used by succeeding governors. after the stanfords deaths, the mansion was donated to the catholic church to become an orphanage. one room in the house is dedicated to the interpretation of this history. today, the state governor uses the building to host guests from around the world.
after, i decided to revisit the california museum. i really do love this museum. i wanted to go last year, but it closed early due to a private event. this year, it was open. interestingly, the museum is in the state archives building, a historians dream :) one of my favorite exhibits is the reproduced japanese internment camp. this reproduction is based on the the barracks from the poston camp in arizona. i visited the memorial earlier this year during my route 66 road trip.
and the outside.
they had a cool temporary exhibit that included campaign merchandise & promoted voting (unfortunately by this time trump had won :( )
one of the courthouses.
of course i had to visit the state capitol again. they are actually open until 6. i took a little peek inside and walked around. i had some time to waste until my sister's roommate could pick me up.
i love poppies so much :)
the capitol, christmas tree, and tower bridge in the distance.
the goofy bear inside the capitol. look at that face!
on my way to meet my sister's roommate, i saw this cute little government building.
once in davis, we had all you can eat sushi and watched a bootleg of hamilton. i also tried nonalcoholic ginger beer for the first time. it's ick.
now for a song! "i'll come running back to you," by sam cooke. there is no need to explain sam cooke. it just makes me so happy. enjoy!