June 22-23, 2006 - Sacramento & Columbia

My Mom and I drove down to Old Town Sacramento to visit the Discovery Museum there.  They also have the California State Railroad Museum but I'll have to check that out next time.

It was really hot -- 105 degrees.

Another look at Old Town.
We also visited the Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento to see the early California Art.

"The oldest art museum in the American West has a collection of art from Europe, Asia, and California, including Sunday Morning in the Mines (1872), a large canvas by Charles Christian Nahl depicting aspects of the original mining industry, and the magnificent Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite (1871), by Thomas Hill. The museum's lobby and ballroom retain the original 19th-century woodwork, plaster moldings, and English tiles."

The next day, my nephew Max and I hopped in the Citabria and flew to Columbia Airport (O22) -- elevation 2,118 feet -- about 50 miles to the southeast.  My Dad and other nephew, Sam, were driving there and we were going to meet my sister and the rest of here family there.  
The Columbia Airport Terminal.  I gave my Doug, my brother-in-law, and his son Frank rides.  There was a big reservoir west of the airport that was fun to fly around.
Doug and I flew east into the Sierra Nevada to fly over his house in Twain Harte.  That's it, in the center of the photo.
Rocky Top mountain, where Susan and Doug were married.
A pond where the boys go swimming in the summer.  My kids swam there too about five years ago when we were here visiting.
Twain Hart is about 5,000 feet elevation.
The town of Columbia is one of The Gold Country towns.  They have made a nice old town section that looks like it must have been back in the early 1850s.
Panning for gold.
A scene from the Gary Cooper movie High Noon was filmed at this little house.
My parents in front of the Store.    My Mom flew with me back to Cameron Park.