Friday was our day off and we wanted to get out of the city for a while so we took a drive up to Julien, about 50 miles East into the mountains. We went there once before but arrived late in the day and didn't really get to see much. It isn't far from Warner's Ranch where the Battalion finally arrived when they made it to California. The town was settled first in 1869 when gold was discovered. It is a quaint little tourist town with lots of fun shops and restaurants. We bought a book on the birds of Southern California because we love looking and listening to them. Julien is famous for it's pies, specifically Apple pie, so we bought a Berry Apple Crumb pie to bring home. It is yummy. I guess in the early days they discovered that apples grew well in the area. Then we took a very interesting tour of an old gold mine. I don't recall that I had ever been in one so that was very fun. We found a great fruit/vegetable roadside stand on the way up in little town called Alpine and bought a ton of fruit and veggies for $20, tomatoes, 25 avocados for $2, oranges, honey, mango ect. We love the fresh food here.
|We had a great lunch in this little cafe with a beautiful mural. I had some of the best corn chowder with Lima beans I have ever had and also a curried tuna salad. Yummy.|
|The hillsides are filled with wild lilacs that are so sweet and fragrant. I love lilacs.|