So for anyone wondering why this is labeled pt2, pt1 was Sequoia and Kings Canyon and can be found here
I decided to break up the Road Trip into 3 parts because each covers a different area (Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Old Sacramento, Fresno's Underground Gardens) and they will all be photo heavy.
My self-imposed deadline to leave Sequoia and Kings Canyon was 4pm. I wanted to be on the road and in to Sacramento by 9pm if possible. In reality we left the forest sometime around 6pm and called from a Denny's around 830pm to let everyone know we were ok. For anyone wondering... Verizon doesn't cover Sequoia... I've gotten good at bouncing between Travelocity and Priceline. I checked Priceline but Travelocity scored the best deal for the Sacramento Hotel. We stayed at the Staybridge Suites, less then 10 minutes from Old Sacramento. The Travelocity "secret" rate was $52... the regular rate for the same room was over $200. It was smaller then the Montecito, but fit our family perfect. The room was 2 double beds in the bedroom with french doors, private bath, and LCD tv. Living room with pull-out couch, LCD tv, kitchenette with appliences (even dishwasher) and granite countertops. This is a business class extended stay hotel. Needless to say for $50 we scored!
a couple kids on the pull-out
bedroom (sorry for the mess)
Desk with free wifi.
So while Montecito focused on the natural beauty surrounding it... Staybridge focused on the comfort of modern technology. Our "view" was the parking lot but considering we checked in around 1130pm I had no complaints.
Anyhow next morning it was off to Old Sacramento. First Stop... California State Railroad Museum!
The outdoor sign
Picture of the last spike being driven connecting the nation by rail.
Sorry for the blur... this is the "Lost Spike" which until a few years ago no one knew existed.
worth a read to explain what it is.
pieces or rail etc from that day.
They had an antique toy section
I had to...
the kids said Donald looked funny! I couldn't stop laughing.
For my Lionel fans
This is the Governor Stanford which was brought out for Stanford and at one time was actually in the Stanford University library.
Just something to look at.