I’d say the last six weeks, since we started really, we were looking forward to stopping by my sister’s in Sacramento because family is family and we put aside 4 days there to rest up and relax. We rolled into Sacramento from Fresno rather easily. Traffic got a bit tricky but we pulled in early afternoon to see Wini, Shiloh and Corey hanging out in the driveway which was a nice welcome. We spent the afternoon with a couple of beers, catching up, and the best part was playing with Teagan. She had a little toy push car she had us all take turns sprinting around with her in and off of a homemade ramp, she was ecstatic. The faster you pushed her and the sharper you took a turn, the harder she laughed. Shiloh whipped up some spicy chicken burgers which were awesome and we passed out early.

After she exhausted everyone pushing her around, she started recruiting others to ride in it.
After she exhausted everyone pushing her around, she started recruiting others to ride in it.
We were challenged to Risk and while I failed horribly, Kiernan went on to dominate the board
We were challenged to Risk and while I failed horribly, Kiernan went on to dominate the board

The next day we did very little other than wake up late, eat Shiloh’s breakfast burritos, and laze around their house all day catching up on a couple blog postings. We were also planning a nice afternoon out at a food truck rally at a nearby park but when we got there it was pretty rainy and it turned out most of the trucks cancelled. There were only two or three but I still enjoyed a nice Asian style kebab and Marelise is still trying to remember what she devoured, but she maintains it was tasty. The next morning Marelise made her famous South African style pancakes which I still think are very crêpe-like but she disagrees. We touched up some scratches on the motorcycle with some paint and enamel pens I ordered, and then we piled into the 4×4 to go and do a hike in nearby Auburn. The place was called Hidden Falls, super nice trails, plenty of room for dogs on leashes. It took about an hour to get to the Hidden falls where we walked down to the creek, crossed at a shallow point, and let the dogs loose as we relaxed and had some sandwiches Fred brought.

Despite the rain, we headed out for some yummy food truck action. There was Mexican food and ice cream (ironic!) :)
Despite the rain, we headed out for some yummy food truck action. There was Mexican food and ice cream (ironic!) 🙂
Rhodesian ridgeback: Aries and Akita: Sam
Rhodesian ridgeback: Aries and Akita: Sam

Shiloh went for a swim in the freezing water with Teagan on his shoulders but we passed. We also found a really cool baby duckling! We spent about thirty minutes trying to find its family, but instead Fred adopted him for a short while. On a sad note, he didn’t last long. I don’t remember much else because back seats make me sleepy so we joined Teagan for a nap. Later that night we popped over to Shiloh’s grandfather’s place for some family poker. There was follow the lady, knock, crisscross, and a few other games we learnt and forgot just as quickly. It was really fun but luck wasn’t with us so we retired a couple of hours later out $15 bucks which I figured was the same as going to the cinema.

Like I said we spent most of the time relaxing. But we did get up off our butts to check out old town which is cute but obviously a superficial tourist trap. We enjoyed walking around with our ice cream cones and read a bit on the waterfront as old trains passed us by. I also have a really good friend, Brie in Sacramento so I had been waiting for a good time to check in on her. Unfortunately it was a Sunday night, we finished dinner late and it wasn’t crazy downtown at all, but we hung out with her and Kayla at a tiny bar as they closed around us. Short meet up but it did me good to see her goofy face and wish her luck since she’s headed to Uganda in a month as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Kiernan could not leave my pistachio ice cream in peace.
Kiernan could not leave my pistachio ice cream in peace.

We spent our last day in Sac doing a day trip to SF which we’ll post separately. And on our last morning we thanked Wini and Shiloh for putting up with me as usual, wished them luck with the new addition to the family that’s on the way, and rode off like the well dressed motorcycle hillbillies we were. Now I’ll finally admit – after years of visiting my sister in Sac usually during the winter, when it’s cold, grey, dusty and bitter – that it’s not as much of a shithole as I used to think. It was sunny, rather warm, green and beautiful while we were there.

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