It felt so good to leave Phoenix behind. Sacramento was the city I was praying to go to, in large part because of my dear friend Madalyn and her wife Jacklin live in the city.
Having not lived near each other since High School, it was exciting to me to know we’d get to spend some time together. And just look at how cute she and her wife are!! I can’t stand it ❤
So, while I’d gladly spend all my time hanging with Chaz and my friends, most people have jobs and school to go to. Which meant I needed to do some exploring of the city all on my own. I took a day to visit Crocker Art Museum and walk through Old Sacramento. On the walk from I was able to get some awesome shots of the gorgeous Tower Bridge. With cloudy grey skies and the morning sun shining brightly, the towering angles of the bridge were ignited in sunlight.
Tower Bridge is a Vertical Lift Bridge, though I was calling it a drawbridge before a quick wikipedia research taught me otherwise. It was built around 1934 and crosses the Sacramento River.
Also, it is painted shiny gold, which isn’t totally captured in my pictures. I just love the architecture of intricate bridges like this!
And the timing of my visit couldn’t have been better, as this ship was sailing down the river. While this ship was pretty cool to see on it’s own, the best thing about it was that it would need to pass through the bridge.
Where my perfectly timed visit to Tower Bridge allowed me to watch the vertical lift in action. Which was insanely cool! And check out the Ziggurat building in the background. Made to resemble Mesopotamian style pyramids, the awesome looking Ziggurat is actually an office building. Talk about extra!
After that I headed for the Crocker Art Museum, where my favorite picture from the day was of the light reflecting through these gorgeous rainbow glass installations in a stairwell.
The art museum’s main area is actually the former mansion of the Crocker family, who had built a huge gallery next to their home to house their extensive art collection. It was later converted fully into an art museum. The mansion part was gorgeous!! With curving shiny wood staircases and intricate tile floors like the one pictured below.
Another cool area in the city is Old Sacramento. The buildings have a look very similar to the French Quarter in New Orleans, with a sort of wooden boardwalk as the sidewalk and cobblestone streets. The street is lined with all kinds of tourist trap sort of shops. The coolest of which was the Costume Mansion, which had an old hearse parked outside.
Fun fact: I’ve photographed 2 hearses and they were both in California.
Another thing that I’ve truly enjoyed about this city has been going with Madalyn and Jacklin to the Sunday farmer’s market. Sacramento is known as the farm to fork capitol, and when surrounded with such a cornucopia of fresh local food it was easy to see why.
I loved the energy of this market. A rainbow of humanity, all races and styles of dress. People carrying bouquets of fresh cut flowers, or sporting a bag full to bursting with luscious greens. How about seeing brussel sprouts on the stem! I bought myself a bouquet of Sunflowers who brightened our little room for about a week.
I couldn’t help but have a huge grin on my face while walking around the market. With smells of basil and fresh lavender to fill my nostrils, the sounds of the sellers marketing their foods and sights like this:
Another thing I was able to do with the ladies was to visit the International Peace Rose Garden at the state capitol building.
Does it get much better than literally stopping to smell the roses?
And every color and breed of rose had it’s own unique aroma. If only I could smell these smells all the time.
And the garden is intended as a shrine to international peace, being decorated with children and teens poetry about peace.
One poem, BY 11th grader Cheryl Petzold read as follows:
The rose, such a beautiful symbol of love. And I felt at peace in this place.
California is awesome. Sacramento has been a great place to live for a while. We probably won’t be here much longer, and should be leaving any day now. But I am going to miss this place.
Thank you for reading!