This past weekend we took a very quick trip up North to my hometown in the foothills of Northern California, just to go to Apple Hill and to visit my parents. There is nothing in Southern California quite like Apple Hill. There are vineyards bordered with apple orchards bordered with pine trees. There are about 50 different stops you can make along an "Apple Trail" and you will find everything apple, from apple cider shakes and apple beer to apple donuts and endless varieties of apple pies and apple butters.
Apple Hill is the best of fall in one place.
Sometimes you just park your car right in the orchard.
There are many activities for the kids, fishing in ponds, face painting, pony rides.
Around every bend in the road are quaint, family owned ranches.
There are pumpkin patches sprinkled along the Apple Trail as well.
Some of the Apple Orchards are You-Pick orchards and at others they do all the work for you and you can buy apples out of bins.
We always stop at the Jack Russell Brewery. Ever heard of a Meadery?
Mead is a type of honey wine. The Jack Russell Brewery makes their own Blackberry Mead made with local honey. I tried it, but it was too sweet for my taste. I'll stick to the hard cider next time.
Yesterday my girl got to feed my parent's pet deer from their deck. My parent's can almost hand feed a couple of these deer. They have two different families of deer that hang around their property.
It was hard to leave this last night. It was hard to leave the space, the trees, the slower pace, and it's hard to take the special time my girl gets to spend with my parents away. I'm making some changes in my life right now, changes to really slow down. I'm limiting the commitments I take on and minimizing my exposure to social media. I think I've probably said that before, but this time I mean it! Nothing like a trip to my hometown to ground me and bring me back to Earth. Happy Monday!