karaokegal (karaokegal) wrote,

A few notes about the Sacramento trip

1. Train travel is awesome. I realize you can't get everywhere on Amtrak, but damn it, if you CAN get there and you've got the time, you should. No strip searches, no naked pictures, no shoes off...they don't even ask for ID. Lots of leg room.

2. The bicycles were fairly easy to deal with. The BART from Embarcadero Station to Richmond was no problem, but we did go at around 9AM and it was nearly empty on Friday morning. At the Richmond Amtrak station we got in the wrong car...the one that DIDN'T have bicycle storage and had to switch to the next car at Martinez. The bicycle storage is slightly unwieldy, but once you're in, you're in. We did it much more smoothly on the way back. The really nasty bit was coming from Richmond back to our 16th and Mission BART Station on a Sunday afternoon. You have to switch trains at MacArthur and both trains were packed making us quite the crowded spectacle. UGH.

Let me say emphatically that I will never again take for granted the BART announcements about which elevators are in or out of service.

At the Citizen hotel we were able to park the bikes in front of the hotel for the afternoon and then keep them in the room over night. At the Hyatt Regency, we were able to check them in with the bell captain. (Aye, aye sir!)

Why two hotels? The joy of being a travel agent. Sometimes you can get a free hotel, but never more than one night.

3. It was hot as BALLS in Sacramento. Coming from San Francisco, it's always weird to be in a place where air conditioning is required. UGH!

4. Sacramento is a great bicycle city. Nice wide, smooth streets with bike lanes almost everywhere. We even rode through the mall near Old Town. About the only bike-related hassle was the fact that most of the streets are one-way and many times we were on a street going the wrong way---luckily over the weekend, it was quite easy to ride on the sidewalks.

5. Old Town is crap. But it's better if you're just cruising by on a bike.

6. The Capitol Building is awesome. Our tour-guide, Curtis was both well-informed and QUITE opinionated. We liked him a lot. We also toured the Leland Stanford mansion and got a private tour from Annie, as we were the only ones there.

7. Friday Night Concerts In The Park.
That would be the park directly across from our hotel room. The concert sound check started VERY LOUDLY around 6PM and the concert ended sometime after 10PM. Did I mention it was very loud?
Thus we got to hear: ELEMENT OF SOUL | Musical Charis | They Went Ghost | DJ Epik, all for free from our hotel room, at the free concert.

8. American River Bike Trail-very nice. We rode most of Saturday morning and afternoon. Except for the places were the trail gets lost or at least we did. At one point we were cruising up and down tree-lined streets in suburban Sacramento, which was nice too. Then we found the trail again and rode through Discovery Park and back into Old Town, before trying the other side of the trail. We also sat on the bank of the American River watching various goings on there. Boats, fishing, jet-skis, dogs, ducks and a drunken idiot jumping off a not-very tall bridge. No injuries, but definitely a stupid thing to do.

9. We watched a lot of the Weather Channel. Hey, it was Tornado Week!

10. Went to see Iron Man 3 on Saturday Night. Imax/3-D and all that was left when we got there was the Front Row! I'll do a separate review post for the movie.

11. Meals-we had a free dinner at The Grange Restaurant at the Citizen Hotel....very froofy, but hubby had an amazing rib-eye. The breakfast buffet at the Hyatt Regency was generic, but the fruit was extremely fresh, so YAY Hyatt. We had lunches at Bernardos and Ambrosia, which are both the type where you order at the counter and then they bring the food. Hubby hates those. He's likes full service dick-sucking, if you know what I mean. We did get that at Capital Park Cafe where we had Breakfast before the big bike ride on Saturday. Everything we love---booths, table service, good prices. Late Saturday after the movie, we went to Amourath 1819 bar at the Hyatt for bar nibblies. Meh, but hey, it was open when most of Sacramento was closing down.

12. Saturday was prom night! I got to take pictures of awkward teenagers in tuxedos and prom gowns and take the piss out of them while they were leaving the hotel afterwards.

13. Got home and pretty much immediately went out for Karaoke. As you do.
Tags: blog, personal, sacramento, travel

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