I’m California dreaming on such a winter day..
Dreaming of last week’s trip to San Diego accompanying other half to a meeting. Highlight of our trip was getting out of the city and heading for the desert – the Anza Borrega desert to be exact.
On all our trips to the US over the years, this was our first time experiencing the majestic vast skies and open spaces of the American west. It was an amazing experience, and has whetted my appetite for more.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. The Park, which is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish name borrego, or bighorn sheep, is framed by, and includes many rugged mountain ranges.
We only saw a fraction of it, as we were headed for the historic gold mining town of Julian. The gold is long gone of course, but Julian has turned its abundance of apples into gold – the town now being a popular tourist destination for its apple cider and apple pies.
We loved the town – the historic old buildings, the sense of what it must have been like for the early settlers of the town and its environs to socialise and do business there. There is even an original diner – Miner’s Diner – complete with original soda fountain.
We weren’t sure which store to choose from when it came to sampling the famous apple pie, but settled on the comforting sounding Mom’s and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve never tasted such yummy apple pie. There are lots of flavours to choose from and it was hard making the choice, but in the end I had a traditional slice of apple and berry pie with a flaky crust and it was melt in the mouth gorgeous.
Pies are baked fresh on the premises each day and you can watch as the pastry chef prepared the day’s pies right in the front window of the store.
Yes, Julian was definitely the highlight of our visit to California and it has given me a real wanderlust for exploring more of the USA.