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Sacramento is The City of Trees (So Quit Saying It’s Paris!)

Sacramento has more trees than you can shake a stick at. Why, every day, someone, somewhere in this city is barking up the wrong one, that’s how many we have. Allegedly (or should I say, Allergy) Sacramento has the most trees per capita in the world. How many trees do we have, you ask?

The most. That’s how many.

How do we know we have the most? Why just take a look at this:

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Oops! Wait, let me do that again. OK, take a look at THIS:

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See? It says so right here on this alien spaceship. So it must be true.

Not many people know this story, but that spaceship landed here one October evening in 1996. Little green men came out and said, “Take me to your Cedar.”

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They robot-booted into our neighborhood and fell in love with the foliage. They said to me, “This is amazing! We love your city! We declare it the City of Trees!”

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I said, “Well, you’re lucky to catch us in the Fall. And actually, we already ARE the City of Trees. Ever since we beat Paris hands down in the 1965 Per Capita Tree-Off. But thanks just the same. That’s very nice of you.”

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They wrapped their arms around the trees and kissed the bark with lips on the sides of their head, so it looked as though they were listening to the bark. They thanked us for the tour of our neighborhood, shook our hands, gave us candy, abandoned their spaceship and said something about hitchhiking to Area 36 or Area 64 (I can’t remember the name of it) somewhere in Nevada.

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And now, whenever I lay me down to sleep, visions of tree-hugging aliens dance in my head.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    It is a nice city with lots of trees. I like the Sacramento city because of lots of trees. There are so many different types of trees.

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  3. jozi says:

    JOburg in South Africa has over 10 million trees…

  4. How could I have lived in Sacramento for half a dozen years and NOT know it was the city of trees?
    Awards are nice! Congrats on your newest. You make me laugh all the time so I am joyful you received it. But I beg you not to forward it.
    The historian in me just cringes at seeing a Marie Antoinette award attached to a picture of Madame Pompadour.

  5. Awake says:

    I thought it a bit strange when they added that statement to the spaceship. Sure, there are a ton of trees in Sac town, but isn’t it officially “The River City”? For those who don’t know, the American and Sacramento rivers joins together there, which is part of the reason there are so many trees. It’s a beautiful place, and I miss it.
    I lived in Davis (20 miles West) for 13 years, and can attest that Sacramento has nothing on Davis in the craziness department.

  6. kirsten says:

    “take me to your cedar” LOL!
    BTW, I love your trivia game. I’m addicted. I gave you a little shout out on my blog in case you care. : )

  7. Amanda Jones says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me some SITSa love!!
    This post was so funny!! But then again, most of your posts are funny!!

  8. Even the firetruck is made of wood!

  9. Braja says:

    OK I clicked your little box. Now what’s in it for me? And don’t send me a tree…

  10. Yay, this post made me laugh lots. Loving the fall leaves photos, too πŸ™‚

  11. Alex L. says:

    Pffft, sacramento… I’ve got more trees than that in my back yard!

  12. My wife is a firefighter, and I don’t like the tone some people are taking in your comments about how they’re getting in the way. If it weren’t for firefighters and veterans, we wouldn’t have the country we do today. It would be all burnt down and overrun by al Quaeda.
    As for trees, we’ve got more here where we live in Pa.. So there. πŸ˜›

  13. swirl girl says:

    If you live in Sacremento which is THE city of trees…then what the hell is Thousand Oaks where I live??
    City of soon to be hardwood floors?

  14. phhhst says:

    Your photos give me a whole new outlook on Sacremento. Had no idear about the trees – good thing you are attracting alien spaceships away from the rest of us.

  15. Jill says:

    Love this post!! Thanks for making me smile! ~Jill πŸ™‚

  16. Julia says:

    Having lived in Sacramento for 10 years I know that the aliens have been here but I think they did mistake Sac for Paris. How could they know?? As I am visiting Sac right now I have readily admired the trees but want to see Paris for myself to be sure it is the TRUE city of trees. Your post made me chuckle a good one!

  17. Stampinmom says:

    You are hillarious! Love your post and funny blog…I always love a good laugh so I’m gonna ‘follow’ you. Gave you a click too…movin’ on uuup…woo hoo!

  18. tisha says:

    Congrats to you Nanny goat! Love the pics of the trees. Gorgeous. I clicked on the Sac Top 25.

  19. mrsmouthy says:

    Here’s another award for you from me. I made it myself:
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. Congrats on your awards. Only you could crack me up when talking about the City of Trees!

  21. Wow. What a thing to brag about. Congratulations. My dad can still beat up your dad.

  22. Blond Duck says:

    I just have to say your blog name is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day.

  23. Michele says:

    Too funny, Miss Nanny Goat!

  24. Jenn says:

    This explains everything I’ve ever questioned about aliens and trees and California in general. Thank you!

  25. Yaya says:

    You’re funny!

  26. hello ngip its dennis the vizsla dog hay yep those ar trees all rite and yoo ar verry welkum for the maree antwonett award and oh gosh look at all those trees now i hav to go owt and tinkel i wil be bak later ok bye

  27. Nana says:

    Ah, Trees Louise. I thought Austin had the most cedars. Are you sure Sacramento has the market on them? Because my cedar fever says otherwise, Nanny Goats.
    I dare ya to come out here and see for yourself.

  28. Your pictures remind me so much of Oregon. We have a LOT of weirdos in Oregon. The aliens must’ve landed there a long time ago.

  29. noahzmommy says:

    love this post…and it’s nice to know aliens are enviromentally concious as well…well all except the fact that they left their spaceship hanging around….

  30. “Take me to your Cedar”
    Oh good grief. You are so PUNNY.

  31. Ohilda says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had a great laugh with your comment and gullible me even went to
    Too funny!

  32. LenaLoo says:

    Too funny… You know my allergies got worse in Sac than when I lived in LA, I didn’t think that would be possible! Visiting from SITS πŸ™‚ Nice to have a neighbor blogger, I’m blogging in Carmichael :).

  33. Chris Bowers says:

    Mon ami, you are meeztaken, zee 1965 contest you referr to was merde. Pairree eez and weel alwayz be zee Ceetee of Treez.

  34. cassie says:

    Hey, thanks for visiting my blog! What is a “main head” you ask…I have no frickin idea! That’s just what little Miss thing from the cable company told me about a year ago (ha, she said “main head”) during one of my fits. From what I have gathered, it is some kind of POS mounted onto something tall, that needs a WHAP nearly everyday! I’ve asked more than 100 times (but less 2,000) why the heck they can’t afford to fix this “main head”. “AW uh oh”, is all I ever get out of their lying mouths! Nuf bout me!
    I’m loving your blog. Very funny stuff here. I’ll be back to read up on some more!

  35. I thought Chico was the City of Trees?!?….oh wait…that’s the City of Nuts! I forgot.

  36. Leslie says:

    That’s not a spaceship silly, that’s where Michael Jackson lives!!
    Great pics, beautiful!

  37. Di says:

    Cute spaceship…. we can say spaceships are cute, can’t we?
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  38. 3boys1mommy says:

    This is one of those posts that happen when you want to write something, you have the time to write something, but you’re not entirely sure what you want to write about, so you glance out your window and write about the first thing you see… I know, I’ve written countless posts about my citrus tree, my avocado tree, my peeping tom neighbor… Gurl, we need to find a job STAT!

  39. Rhea says:

    tree-hugging aliens. Only in California, I swear.
    Love the space ship that declares your Sacramento as most treed city. lol Everyone has to have a claim to fame, I know.
    I think my little town is trying to be the most crepe myrtles in one place. Seriously. There are signs.

  40. Jennifer says:

    That’s a nice spaceship!!

  41. Nikkicrumpet says:

    Funny stuff….but I got more trees in my back yard than your city has total! So those dang aliens were lying to you… just trying to get you into some sicko alien sexual feast. They’ll tell you anything you want to hear for a little space nookie!

  42. Anna Lefler says:

    You know, firemen are always ruining my photos, too. Then I wise up and remember that it’s more fun to take photos of firemen in the first place.
    But I digress.
    “Take me to your cedar.” You are KILLING me.
    Anna (from Santa Monica – City of Angry Yoga Practitioners)

  43. Nooter says:

    awww, i was kinda hope’n i could be your favorite doggy blog writer ..

  44. Ken Geraths says:

    Well I new it was true when bigfoot told me about them, he had tears in his eye’s. I think it was area 15 that they went to?

  45. LarryG says:

    i have this lovely image of you shaking a stick before each camera click!
    lovely stuff this…

  46. black betty says:

    dos beez purdy pitchas… πŸ™‚

  47. Tricia says:

    There’s something incredibly wrong, I mean unbelievable about this post, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

  48. Cynthia says:

    Thank goodness for Sacremento, what with the rainforest being deleted by irresponsible backspacing at the rate of 500 paragraphs per hour. Actually, I saw you on CNN earlier today – the reporter noted the sighting of a Nannarazzi taking pictures of water towers in the middle of a busy highway while wearing pink lace nickers.