It's mid-October, but it still feels like summer in Sacramento. This shouldn't, perhaps, be too much of a surprise: about 80% of days around California's state capital are sunny, often in defiance of the season. But I've come here today to do something specifically, traditionally, quintessentially autumnal, and so it's taking me a while to wrap my head around the heat: who dresses for a day of apple-picking, pie-tasting, cider sipping, and pumpkin patching wearing shorts and a T-shirt and SPF 50?
Northern California's beautiful in any light, but it's hard to beat the glow of a great big silvery moon for ambience. This August, the moon will reach the closest point in its orbit of the Earth, giving us the eye-popping spectacle of an extra-large "super moon." Not in our lovely neck of the woods on August 10th this year?
If you came to San Francisco this summer dreaming of a California heat wave, you might be a little confused. Sure, SF's proud of its quirky weather patterns, which tend to bring sunshine in the fall and winter and chilly fog in the summer. But there's nothing wrong with looking a bit further afield when you need a little Vitamin D.
Modern California holds sprawling metropolitan areas, the biggest population of all the United States, and the eighth largest economy in the world. But prior to the mid-1800s, California was a land of sleepy settlements. Now densely populated, San Francisco had only 459 residents in 1847. Everything changed when gold was discovered east of Sacramento in 1848, and the rush of gold prospectors that followed gave rise to California as we know it today.
Pulling in to Old Sacramento, I feel like I've just stepped out of a time machine. The Old West really comes alive in this bustling neighborhood, paved in cobblestone and adorned with vintage-esque signs and window fronts. I can almost hear the "clack" of horseshoes and the "swish" of hoopskirts.