Every Fall there is always one last warm spell before the weather turns cold and doesn’t change again until the spring. However, the reality is San Diego never really gets that fall feeling.
Being born and raised on the East Coast, I have been craving that “Fall feeling.” I wanted the crisp air and the sound of crunching leaves beneath my feet. I wanted to see leaves changing color. I wanted to pull out my puffy vest and scarf from storage and bundle myself up. More importantly, I wanted my daughter to know what Fall is and fall in love with it as I do every year. I decided to embrace fall the only way I know how to in Southern California. We drove up to Julian for apple picking, pumpkin patches, cider and pumpkin pie.
My daughters slept snuggled in the Bella Bundles blankets for the hour and twenty minute drive. Our first stop was Raven Hill apple orchard. We got out of the car, stretched our limbs and got ready to apple pick. I put my 6 month old in the ergo with the Blanket on the Go snapped on for warmth and shade and took my four year olds hand. We entered through the gates, where a squirly man behind a rickety table handed us two bags for $20. We could fill the bags as full as we liked. I figured for the experience the price wasn’t too bad. My daughter had so much fun filling the bags and of course snacking on the crisp apples along the way. It was so beautiful and gave me a small sense of being home on the East Coast.
After apple picking we worked up an appetite. We went into town, grabbed a hearty sandwich and some apple cider. Of course my 6 month old had to nurse at this point and I snapped my Blanket on the Go around my neck and used it as a nursing cover and nursed my way through another meal. We were so full after lunch, there was no room left for dessert, but I couldn’t leave Julian without a pie. Especially since my husband has a special place in his heart for pumpkin pie (which happens to be at times located in his stomach). So we took a pumpkin pie to go and hit the road for our last stop, a small pumpkin patch on the way out of town.
The pumpkin patch had a hay maze, animals to pet and other fun activities for children. I must admit, at this point in the day, my daughters had reached their limit and were nearing melt down mode. We bought our pumpkins, pet some animals and hit the road for home before my little girls turned into little animals!
All in all it was a great day and a close second to the real deal of an “East Coast Fall.”