Sunday found us headed out toward Julian, tucked into the mountains of San Diego, just beyond the Safari Park. Driving east on the 78, Little GG spotted not just horses and cows, but ostriches, llamas, lambs, goat and even some camels.
“Twist and pull, twist and pull,” repeated Little GG as we wound our way through Peacefield Orchard armed with bags for our ripe apples. To learn which apples are ripe, just twist and pull; if the apple gives easily, it’s ripe. If not, move on.
Deep inside the orchard was this 100-year-old tree…we think we spotted fairies.
The docent at Peacefield Orchard taught us about the worm that helps the apple grow. I vaguely remember that from elementary school.
Lunch found us in downtown Julian at the Soups & Such Café. Far be it from me to pass up a BLT – theirs came on tangy sourdough with just the right ratio of bacon-to-tomato per bite. The French Onion Soup was divine but too salty for my palette.
They also have kid-friendly fare: this grilled cheese and kettle chip plate hit the spot for Little GG. Always original, she stuffed chips into the sandwich and declared a new dish: grilled cheese and potato chip sandwich. I have to admit, she was on to something…a salty crunch nestled beneath a cheesy bite topped off with crisp white bread….
Fall is apple picking time, and the apples we picked will keep in cold storage for at least six months. Apple pie, anyone?!
mrs. Wonder says
I live really close to Oak Glen which has apple picking and is a wonderful day trip in the fall.
And that really was a magical-looking tree!
That looks like a wonderful day! I love apple picking and we did some at the farm this year. Already made apple sauce and now I’m thinking of ice cream flavors!
Your pictures are beautiful. We are going to Apple Hill next week and will follow Little GG’s advice of “twist and pull” when we pick apples.
Judy Slack says
Your pictures are the best and enticed us to take yet another trip to Julian this morning. We checked out the Piecefield Orchard and had lunch at Soups and Such! Thanks for the recommendations. I told both merchants that you sent us!
The Gonzo Gourmet says
Hi Judy – thank you! I’m so glad you had a fun day. And I’m glad you liked the pictures!