Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stumbling Upon A Secret

So many places in this massive state that I didn't even know existed.

The California Delta? Apparently it's where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers flow together, creating a vast estuary that carves through Central Valley farmland.

Spent the afternoon poking around some of the ghost towns along the Delta waterways. Not sure if it was because of Easter Sunday or because of economic depression, but they were mostly deserted save for a few bars and restaurants.

We started out in Locke, a town built in 1915 by Chinese levee builders who wanted a place to call their own after their homes in nearby Walnut Grove burned down. Most of the original buildings still stand, giving it the look of an old Western movie.

After a beer at the famed Al the Wops, we wandered downstream looking for dinner and happened upon Isleton. You can still see remnants of the old Chinese communities in many of these towns, though most of the original residents have moved onto more happening locales (China being one of them, apparently).

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