Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in Sacramento

With less than a year left in Monterey, we are trying to take in as much of California as we can.

So for Labor Day Weekend, we decided to take a last minute trip to the state’s capital city.



We left Friday evening after Jarrod got out of class and made it to our hotel just a little after the kids normal bedtime.

Trenton and Charlotte were up and ready to get going Saturday morning.

But before we could head out, we couldn’t forget about the most important meal of the day!

Sacramento Breakfast

After breakfast, we walked through Old Town Sacramento to the California State Railroad Museum

This museum is regarded as one of the best railroad museums in North America, and it was easy to see why. 

California Railroad Museum

With a whole room dedicated to how the Transcontinental Railroad made its way thru California, more real (non-replica) historic railcars than I had ever seen, an engine that we got to climb onto to get a lesson in how steam trains work (Charlotte could still give us a pretty good run-down of the process two days later!), a handcar that we got to take down an indoor track, a really cool model train exhibit, and of course some train tables for the kids, there was a wonderful mix of things to keep both the young and the old(er) happy.

DSC_8653_1Handcar RideDSC_8701_1

Do you notice all of the maroon in our pictures?  In case you missed it, college football season is here!  And since Saturday was Texas A&M’s (mine and Jarrod’s alma mater) first game of the season, we were all decked out in our Aggie gear.  And you know that we had to grab a family picture!  You never know what you’re going to get when you give your camera to a complete stranger, but I got pretty lucky this time!


Old Town Sacramento was taken back many years to the time of the Gold Rush this weekend.  And since we had to walk through Gold Rush Days to get back to our hotel, we decided to check it out.


The kids loved panning for “gold.”


They also bowled with wooden bowling balls and pins, tasted dutch oven biscuits with homemade butter (Trenton was sure to tell the lady handing out samples that we have made our own homemade butter), and met some pretty interesting people.


On our way back to the hotel after dinner, we made one last stop in Old Town Sacramento (well, after my stop at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to grab a couple snacks!).

An old one room schoolhouse.

Old Town Sacramento Schoolhouse

The kids loved playing school.  Then Trenton figured out that his seat folded up.  And he proceeded to get his bent knee stuck in the folded seat.  It was stuck good. One of the ladies working in the schoolhouse mentioned calling the fire department to cut the desk off of Trenton.  The thought crossed my mind that maybe I should run down to grab some of that homemade butter to loosen up his knee.  Thankfully neither were needed, and we were able to get Trenton’s knee unstuck.  There were plenty of tears shed and some bruising, but we made it out alive!

After a good night’s sleep, we were on the go again Sunday morning.

Our little zookeepers were ready to scout out the animals at the Sacramento Zoo.


I loved that the zoo was small enough for us to easily make our way through it without tiring the kids out too much.  And for a small-ish zoo, there were a great variety of animals.

Check out the size of the paws on this six month old tiger!

Does anyone remember what the only thing Charlotte asked Santa for last year was?  That’s right, a giraffe.


The zoo had giraffe feeding time while we were there, and you can bet that we lined up to take advantage of the opportunity!  But Charlotte bailed at the last second.  She said that she was scared because the giraffe’s tongue was not red or pink like peoples tongues.

When Charlotte chickened out, Trenton became a little unsure about feeding the giraffe too.  But he sure was glad that he didn’t bail too!


Fairytale Town is right across the street from the zoo, and after lunch we walked over there.

Fairytale Town - Sacramento

It was a cute little park with a lot of fairytale/nursery rhyme themed play areas.

King Arthur’s Throne


The Little Engine that Could

Fairytale Town - The Little Engine that Could

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Fairytale Town - There Was An Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill

Owl’s Treehouse

Owl's Birdhouse

After another day out in the sun (Sacramento’s sun is a lot hotter than Monterey’s sun!), it was time to go back to the hotel to relax.

Monday morning, we woke up, packed, ate breakfast, and then drove a few blocks down the street to the state capital.

We walked around outside for a little while checking out the buildings.  I would have liked to take a tour, but I didn’t even check to see if they were open for tours on Labor Day.  I figured that touring a government building wouldn’t really be on my children’s list of fun vacation activities.  Plus, we were all ready to get home by this point too.  But it was still neat to see the capital!


We’ve still got plenty of other places that we want to check out before we move next summer, and we are glad that we were able to fit Sacramento in there!


Jen said...

Sacramento is a really cool place. We used to go racing there all the time. :)

Mrs.B said...

What a great time!

That family picture is amazing and frame worthy!

Shannon said...

You and your family do such fun and educational things. I just love it!!!

Nicole said...

Looks like a great trip. My middle son would love those Old Town activities. He is really into rocks. He would love to see all the Gold Rush stuff.