Sacramento California has kept me busy for the last two weeks. From yoga at the Natomas Racket Club to walking in downtown Sacramento on a warm September evening, I have yet to run out of activities during my time in “the Sac”. Sacramento has become my “home away from home” so to speak. The people have been incredibly friendly, welcoming, and hospitable. People I barely know have welcomed me into their homes with open arms. I have blended in with the community of Sacramento and have been giving back in any way that I can. Dog walking and babysitting has made me feel like I am at home, even though I am traveling and living out of a suitcase. The new friends I have met have joined me with excitement to be tourists in their own city. Within the state of California, I’ve yet to meet a group of people more accommodating then the people I’ve met in Sacramento. The quiet and relaxed city of Sacramento made me feel right at home. Continue reading
I accompanied my friend and her children to the Sacramento Zoo on a quiet afternoon. Watching the kids wander through the zoo in amazement was such a unique and inspiring opportunity. With animals from all over the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas the children were learning about species they didn’t even know existed. Experiencing the zoo from a child’s view was refreshing and entertaining. The zoo’s mission statement: “the Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation” matched perfectly with our time at the zoo. Keeping up with the children while zigzagging through the zoo from exhibit to exhibit, kept me on the run for hours. Continue reading
California’s State Capitol Ceiling in the California State Capitol Museum is absolutely stunning! The architecture in the Capitol is intricate and detailed. From Eureka tile groupings, California golden poppy mosaic floors, California’s Great Seal, statues, annex plaques, to a golden ball and cupola, no detail is left unturned. While touring the heart of the state capital, the rotunda, I was mesmerized by the sheer size of the circular room (53 feet in diameter) and the height of the oculus (128 feet). The checkerboard pattern of the Belgium black and Vermont white tiled marble floor, the decorative murals, and the massive Carrara marble statue: Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella, make the room an artist’s heaven. I didn’t expect to see such beauty in the California State Capitol. The artwork and design throughout is endless.
So I have been traveling for 3 months already! The time is going by so quickly! I still have 11 months to travel before I go back to work. I am really cherishing the time I have to travel, explore, and to do all the things I didn’t previously have time for. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have an opportunity such as this. It is not everyday that someone can take a year off from their job to travel. I do not take this opportunity for granted. I’ve been saving up and waiting for this opportunity for 6 years; I am blessed that the time is finally here! During my ‘waiting’ years, I taught for 6 years, changed grade levels, bought a house, completed my Master’s in Education and principal’s certificate, and saved up. I worked hard to earn my year off. Continue reading
I did not expect to find such turquoise elegance in Sacramento at the California Automobile Museum, a non-profit organization. With their special exhibit Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age, the abundance of beautiful classic cars was beyond what I expected from the California Automobile Museum. I know I am often surprised by my travels, but I am constantly amazed by what I find in each destination that I visit. Each place has something unique to offer. I was ecstatic when I saw the various cars in shades of green, blue, teal, and turquoise. Continue reading
Leaving San Francisco to arrive in Old Sacramento is like entering another world! Old Sacramento is a National Historic Landmark District and a State Historic Park. The unique area is like no other place I have ever visited. Arriving in Old Sacramento on the cobble streets is as though I have been teleported back to the Old West. The Wild Wild West! Old Sacramento is filled with museums (including the amazing California State Railroad Museum), eclectic shops, one of a kind restaurants, and on-going historical events. Wander through the streets of Old Sacramento to step back in time to take a break from our many modern amenities. Put your electronic devices away to tour Old Sacramento on horse and carriage, join a walking tour, visit one of the museums, or taste test at the many specialty shops along the way. My favorite was nibbling on cashew brittle and fresh popped pop corn while wandering the open streets of Old Sacramento. Continue reading
The California State Railroad Museum, located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, houses small and big wonders! From a one-million pound vintage steam locomotive to a framed golden “lost spike”, they have it all. The trains of all shapes and sizes are displayed at North America’s most-visited railroad museum.The museum has had millions of visitors from all around the world throughout the 100,000 square foot space since opening over 30 years ago. With dozens of exhibits, the California State Railroad Museum (located where the first Transcontinental Railroad began) is busy with children, tourists, and train lovers alike who are searching for legends and ancient railroad tales.