Eventually we got to Old Sacramento City, and even managed to find a parking place for the big van. Everyone got out--and immediately Faith starts wailing and shrieking loudly. Nothing like a quiet, unobtrusive entrance! It turned out that Faith had somehow (details are still sketchy) run her hand against a wooden raised box thing, and she had gotten a ginormous splinter in her finger. It wasn't just on the surface either--this sucker was deeply embedded. And since we had been doing all this flying, we had nothing even remotely sharp in any bag. (Note to self: at least put a safety pin on the diaper bag.) After some Civil War-era medical care, we did manage to get a large chunk of the splinter out (Bob held her arms, and I pushed the bottom of the splinter up and got it out a bit with my teeth, then the rest of the way with my fingernails). It was quite the show. We were parked right in front of this "psychic" business, and the lady just sat in there on her couch (the door was wide open, for walk-ins, I guess) and stared at us!
After all that excitement, we walked through Old Sacramento City to the California State Railroad Museum. We had been there once before, back in January 2001, when we visited my brother Dan, who used to live in Sacramento. We were almost ready to PCS from Colorado to Ohio, so Nathan was 3, and Luke was almost 2. It had been a while! The museum was as good as we remembered. There are a ton of trains on display, and the best part is that you can walk through quite a few of them! Micah in particular loved that.
We left and walked back to the van with no further splinter incidents. I really enjoy walking around Old Sacramento City! I think old buildings are jut so neat, architecturally--I would love to see inside all of them!
We made it back to Travis before the BX food court closed, so we were able to have Anthony's Pizza. I also bought a pair of tweezers in the BX, for further splinter removal operations . . . We were able to get the rest of it out later that night, thankfully. It was such a monster!