Wait, do WE own a horse??

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Murieta Equestrian Center

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day 164 - Drive from Vacaville to Rancho Murieta, CA to visit another cousin.  We ended up staying a mile away in an amazing Equestrian Center.  We are enjoying it so much, lots of competitions going on and horses all around us.  Such fun!!  We plan to spend 4 nights here.

Day 165 - Today we took a tour by ourselves around the area and we will meet with Alan and Stana tonight.  We headed to Plymouth, Drytown, Jackson and Sutter Creek.  We went through wine country and gold rush towns.  It was very nice to see all the different small towns and their town centers.  Some more populated than others.

Day 166 - Today Alan took Nick and me on a tour that took us to Folsom Prison (wow) and the town of Coloma which was part of the gold rush days in California. Unfortunately, we spent so much time at the Prison Museum (it is run by the retired guards and we spoke to one for over an  hour) that we didn't get to the other destination until it was too late and the Museum there was closing.  It ended up that they were having a festival with people in period costumes and games and candle making, tin punching and other crafts of the day.  You could also pan for gold...kind of the casino of the day...or the lottery!

Now here's your history lesson:  Folsom Prison - 

First Prisoner admitted - July 26, 1880
Rated Capacity - 1,958 (it now houses 2500 to 5,500!!  (They now have a second building, but the second building houses the "crazies" and there are 800 of them in the Psychiatric Ward.  Ugh
Size, total acres - 1,000
Number of cells - 1700

The decision to build another prison to relieve the serious overcrowding at San Quentin was decided in 1858 - but construction didn't begin until 1878.  The cells started off being 8' by 4' by 2'.  The cell doors were solid iron with a 6" by 2".  

The day before we got to the Museum, the guard was telling us that they had had 2 stabbings of guards and that it happens all the time.  He also said that it's getting close to becoming a riot inside.  There are so many groups inside, and some are just too powerful and they will stab anyone who they don't respect, or like, or get made at, or if someone doesn't "pay up" on a bet. The only thing they have to barter with is cigarettes.  Wow!!! 

It really sent chills down your spine just being there.  Charles Manson was here at one time, as were the Menendez Brothers and Jimmy Jones.  All hardened criminals and not afraid to kill while they are there.  So scary.  This guard we spoke with had been stabbed several times.  How's that for a job?  No way!!! 


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Pamela on

You can never go wrong living with horses! They make wonderful neeeeeigh-bors if they're not too whinny or lopey. So trot on over and say 'Hay' and give 'em a nuzzle!! teehee

diane on

Hey, Sandy, Herb, Jan, Owen and I went to our first ever Polo Match compliments of Mary Levey yesterday. So we were with the horses as well. Now as far as being a prison guard, I think I'd like to keep my experience with knives in the kitchen!!! Miss you guys!

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