This picture was taken on Saturday at the Sheraton Palace Hotel. osso will recognize this "chair," because I took a picture of her when she visited at the first SF gathering.
Another view of the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito.
On Monday, September 15, we drove to Sacramento to visit Old Town, the State Railroad Museum, and the capitol building (to visit my brother's office). We had lunch at Fat City in Old Town, and the McTag's were able to meet the owner (the own the oldest restaurant in Sacramento called "Frank Fats), and several more restaurants with one in Las Vegas.
At the railroad museum, we were treated to a movie about the history of the railroad; we learned that steam engines were invented by the Irish, so the McTags' were pleasantly surprised by this fact - and learned about the different types of smoke stacks that were developed for the different types of fuel used.
This was our docent at the museum.
Enjoying the trains.
A painting depicting the connection of the railroad between the east and west. This shows the scene where the last spike was made from gold. There are two gold spikes; one is at Stanford University, and the other at the railroad musuem.
A little railroad building history: The Irish started building the railroad, but the Chinese were the ones that did most of the building. Some of the investors asked whether the Chinese could build the railroad, and the answer was "they built the great wall, didn't they?" 10,000 Chinese worked on the railroad, and ten percent lost their lives.
We had lunch at Fat City in Old Town.
Our next stop was the Jelly Belly Candy Factory in Fairfield on our way to Napa wine country. Since picture taking was prohibited in the factory, we have no pictures to post. After we took the tour, we spent a few minutes shopping for candy. I usually purchase the "belly flops" at greatly reduced prices. I purchased six pounds for $18, and already consumed about five ounces at home. LOL
We visited the Oxbow Public Marketplace, a smaller cousin to the Ferry Building marketplace for a short visit. On our way back to the car, McTag and I stopped at a wine tasting room where they served us five different wines for $10/pp. I especially like the white wine from Italy, and their Merlot was pretty good.
The McTags wanted to visit a winery, but unfortunately, we tried to squeeze in too much for a one day jaunt, and most wineries closed at 5PM.