Horse and carriage with “new Sacramento” in the background
Mark and I drove across the country and temporarily moved to California to enjoy a warmer winter than last year in New England. So far, we cannot complain. It is not as hot here as in Southern California or Florida (or French Polynesia :-)), but the 70 degree daytime temperatures (20s Celsius) have been very pleasant.
Because it will get colder and rainier soon, we take advantage of the sunny days by going on long walks and hikes with Herk (the cute rescue dog we are currently caring for), even during the week.
Start of one of the many trails in Auburn State Recreation Area
View in Auburn State Recreation Area
Walking a loop in the Rec Area
Highway (I-80) bridge
The main valley and river in Auburn State Recreation Area
Hidden Falls Regional Park – at 4pm, the sun is hidden by the mountains
Walking back to the car before sunset in Hidden Falls Regional Park
I-80 bridge from a different angle, on a different walk
Following the valley on an easy hike in Auburn State Recreation Area
Walking the popular Quarry Trail, along the river
Herk is having a great time; there are lots of good sniffs!
Herk in Auburn State Recreation Area
Turn around point on one of our sunny walks
Northern California is not new to us – Mark and I met here in November 2004 – but the Sacramento area is. As I have mentioned before, one of the greatest joys of our house and pet sitting lifestyle is the opportunity to explore different areas and fascinating parks. While some places in the US are more spectacular than others (the Rocklin environment is not too special), we always find enough beautiful parks to discover, exciting trails to conquer and interesting cities to visit. California has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast and city lover. We are doing our best to experience some of it first-hand!
Capitol Mall leads in between tall office buildings to the Capitol
Mark and Herk pose in front of California’s Capitol
Leland Stanford Mansion
Firemen monument in Capitol Park
Many weddings and wedding photography take place in Capitol Park
The Vietnam Memorial
The Vietnam Memorial is well-done and touching
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament – I wonder whether Sacramento is named after it?
Governor’s Mansion – Nancy Reagan found the mansion not up to her standards, so the pair rented a house elsewhere in the city during Ronald’s governorship
Tower Bridge spans the Sacramento River
The Tower Bridge was built in 1935
MV Delta King
Ship’s bell along the waterfront
Old Sacramento contains many brick buildings
Herk relaxes in Old Town – he was not a fan of the busy, touristy sidewalks
2nd Street in Old Town
“Ancient” hardware store and store fronts in Old Town
Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento
This is an interesting location for the fort, right in the middle of town
Victorian Row in Midtown
Older houses sit alongside newer ones in Midtown
Old and new in Sacramento
German beer garden in Midtown
Anti-Trump demonstration in Midtown, yesterday
Rose Garden in McKinley Park
Still blooming strong!