|Letter from Los Angeles
||Sunday | 12 October 2014
Los Angeles, California: A football game
at the Rose Bowl wasn't enough of a fun weekend for Lenny. He also planned a
one-day trip to Phoenix (with his brother-in-law) to watch the Washington
Redskin v Arizona Cardinal game. They left early this morning and have
reservations on a return flight after the game.
Lenny & Tyson in Phoenix - before the game
Lisa made plans for the rest of us to spend the day in Yucaipa, picking
apples with friends. Lisa had two kids ready to hit the road just after
8a, Dave and I were ready about the same time. It took 80
minutes to reach
Riley's Apple Farm and the place was packed!
The farm actually does grow food, but it is also a family fun place -
apple picking, pumpkins, wagon rides, BBQ's, petting zoo and of course a
gift shop. In the summer they have berry picking. The surrounding area
is filled many such businesses, bed and breakfasts, cozy diners and even
a RV park!
First stop: apple picking.
This field trip was about the experience, and after harvesting
about 15 apples, Leo was done. It took Leo nearly an hour to get that
many apples - between making the hike up to the orchard, climbing around
in trees, having Bubba lift him up to pick an apple, examining fallen
apples, gathering a few choice sticks (that he schlepped around the rest
of the day) and getting completely filthy - he was over apple
We also saw an exhibit of old farm equipment. Our Little Farmer could
not wait to sit in the seat and pretend to lead his team of horses
around the field - sticks in-hand.
He's just so stinkin' cute.
In case you were wondering... Leo's shirt reads: LEGALIZE SUGAR, made by
Next stop was the petting zoo. Leo has experienced quite a few petting
zoos and loves to touch all the animals, but today Leo wanted nothing to
do with one feisty little goat.
Then it was on to the wagon ride, which went behind a few barns and then
out into apple orchards. It was a good wagon ride, pulled by two
gorgeous Belgian boys, but it was hot and Little Lucy was melting in her
And one last treat before heading back to Los Angeles:
Leo's pals never showed up, due to an under-the-weather Mom... but there
was no cell service at the farm, so we just thought we had missed them
somehow in the crowds. Lucy has a heat rash from being swaddled in the
high temperatures. We are all filthy and considering gas money, apple
money, lunch money, wagon ride and petting zoo money... our 15 apples
could be more valuable than gold. And... the 'Skins lost and Lenny's
flight back to Los Angeles was delayed two hours.
Other than that... it was another wonderful day spent with our
wonderful grandchildren. In the country! Picking apples!
Until my next update, I remain, your dusty correspondent.
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