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"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Monday, February 16, 2015

Choo-Choo-Choosing What to Do Today

Song - Train Whistle

Sunday morning Mr. B bolted out of bed and said "Let's take a train trip today!"

So we went to the nearest train station and jumped on a train heading for Old Town Sacramento.

We passed birds enjoying an early morning in the wetlands of Suisun Bay.

And cows huddled under a tree.

And unfortunately, many, many homeless encampments, some more elaborate than others.  We saw one that looked well maintained with a picnic table and umbrella!

 They are renovating the old Sacramento station (note the white plastic on the far left).

 Inside was beautiful - or soon will be.  Marble floors and these lovely old benches.

 Old Town Sacramento has been fairly well preserved but the shops and restaurants are all a little tacky with your typical touristy junk - T-shirts, candy, mugs, etc.

The back alleys had some fun sights.


We did find a good bar that served a great Chinese Chicken Salad!

We walked along the river boardwalk to the Crocker Museum to see the Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne exhibit.

The Crocker also houses the work of California premier artists like yummy Wayne Thiebaud's work!

"Boston Cremes" - 1962

We headed home on the 3:35 train. Jim purchased us a glass of wine from the dining car and we sat back and watched the day winding down.

Crossing the Sacramento River

Our happy ticket taker

Beautiful flowering orchards that went whizzing by!

Birds of all kinds

We knew we were almost home when we saw Mt. Diablo in the distance.

And crossing the old railroad bridge over the Carquinez Strait

My favorite part of the day?  Asking Zoltar what to do tomorrow!

“It's my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they're going. For them it's the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello.”  -- David Baldacci
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