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Trip Report Sacramento GTG :)

We went to Sacramento mostly to do nothing and enjoy the hot weather. Now it’s easy to get Amtrak tickets on-line, the trip was uneventful, but brought memories. A few years ago I took Amtrak to South Lake Tahoe, going there on July 4th. All went smooth till we reached Sacramento. There is a bridge over the river that was opened to let a boat through, but it wouldn’t close. As it was a holiday, an engineer couldn’t be located, so they brought the buses to take passengers to the station.

There is no train in San Francisco, we take the connecting bus to Emeryville. Once we were on the bus, and women sitting on the other side started yelling. The driver didn’t close the luggage door properly, so they noticed suitcases falling out. The driver stopped the bus, waited till another bus pulled up to block the lane next to us, and the driver walked back to pick up all luggage. That was fun to watch!

Why would Best Western Plus Sutter House need 5 words in its name is still a puzzle for me. The room was nice, a pleasant surprise was the fridge-and-microwave combo – it was not listed in the room description on the BW website. We got a room with 2 beds, and each bed had 4 regular pillows, a body pillow, and a round red pillow to put the feet up. The ground floor has garage and lobby with computers, first floor – rooms and breakfast room, 2nd floor – rooms and a conference room. Felt like in Europe – take stairs or elevator to get to the first floor.

The pool is a regular one, plenty of loungers, a few tables with umbrellas, “help yourself” shelves with beach towels. You need to have a key card to open the pool gate, that worked half of the time. My husband was mostly sunbathing (frying himself in the sun) and I was sitting in the shade reading Jack Douglas’s “The neighbors are scaring my wolf”. This book was recommended by a poster on Facebook, a member of a language group. Yes, the language is colorful, but the main impression: the author has something negative to say about everybody except himself and his wife. Even his small son is not spared. If this was at home, I would stop reading after the first 20 pages.

There are 3 restaurants close to the hotel. The Blue Prynt is the next door, and this is where we went for dinner. My mai tai was really good. The food was not bad, but the noise level was high, especially when we were there – live music. I didn’t see anything on-line about it being closed for the holiday (Memorial day) Sunday-Monday, so we planned to have a get-together of the Fodor’s travel group there. Luckily, I had email addresses of all attendees, so my email went out of the hotel lobby with the subject line “emergency”.

We had lunch at Bangkok on 12th, and liked the place: polite service, good food, clean, soft music, so we ended up having a get-together there. We were sitting and talking, and I got so caught up in the conversation that absolutely forgot about the camera in my purse. DUH! Remembered when I came back to the hotel. Already getting grief from some of my travel friends.

For Fodor’s group: there were 6 of us. Suzie, MichelleY and her husband, Shanti and her husband, and I. My husband was conveniently forgotten in the hotel room. It was nice to see the old friends and meet the new ones.

The 3rd restaurant was “Jim Dandy’s” – the name reminds me of the song “Jim Dandy to the rescue” from the movie “Overboard”. It’s a burger place, so we didn’t go there. Not our type of eatery.

Coming to the hotel we took bus # 30 that dropped us off 2 blocks away from hotel. Going home we decided to walk along the nice and shady residential H street. If I knew we’d have to pass the jail I wouldn’t walk. I am a chicken. All was safe, the train was on time, and now I am using the lunch hour to type up this report.

Our next trip will be with all 4 kids to Monterey for 3 days only during July 4th holiday.

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