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Oct. 11th, 2009 05:25 pm Weekend

Yesterday, robot_grrl, Derrick and I headed up to Julian. We've been wanting to head up there for a visit for a year or so, and Friday Tara suggested that we go.

She'd done some advanced research, and determined that we'd missed the apple festival -- probably a good thing since it wouldn't be quite as crowded. But, with it still being a fall weekend, and a nice one at that, there was still quite a crowd in town.

After finding parking, we headed to a barbecue place we'd heard about about. Alas, it turned out to be a bit overpriced, and not all that good. We then wandered around town for a while. While wandering the only thing we actually bought was some cherry-apple cider, and that was just a glass a piece.

We had thought about getting a slice of pie in town (or a couple to compare). But there were lines outside of all of them. We did try some apple fritters at another place that didn't have a line, but they too were overpriced.

So after deciding we'd seen what we wanted for the day, we headed back down and stopped at the Mom's Pies about half way down the hill and brought home two whole pies for less than the three fritters.

Despite that, I'd like to head back again. Maybe not on a day that is quite so busy and we'll be more careful with where we get our food.

Today was a bit more normal. This morning was church. As is now usual (unless I'm out of town) I'm running tech for the 9:30 kids program. Then we all did the service and went to lunch. After lunch, we picked up some groceries and headed home.

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Date:October 12th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
The best way to do Julian in October is to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Go through Romona and Santa Ysabel. Stop at Dudley's if you like good bread. Once in Julian, visit the Julian Cider Mill. They sell the good ciders from apples grown on the Manzanita Ranch lands. (They used to have their own store, but closed it about 5 years ago.)

This year the harvest is small so they will run out of Julian apples early. We went the first week of October to make sure we got some raw apple cider.

There is also a small book store in an old craftsman house that is fun to visit. It is called the Julian Book House. Also it is fun to visit the old mines in and around the town.

Driving home through Laguna or Cuyamaca mountains. Some times we stop and picnic in one ot the parks. Green Valley Falls is a fun place to hike to.
Date:October 12th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
We would have gone earlier, but Derrick had to have his stitches checked @ the clinic - complete waste of time. (Yeah, there is no infection. I didn't need to waste a $10 co-pay and over an hour to tell me that.)

We did have some of their cider, but we had the apple-cherry cider. Yummy!