Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bees, and thorns, and snakes! Oh, my!

Exploring Southern California!

A couple weekends ago my friend Gina came down from Santa Barbara to visit. When I was in Fort Worth last month, our tour guide at the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland house mentioned that California’s apple orchards are great to visit. So I brought the idea up to Gina and she was game for going! Sweet action!

After using The Google to research apple orchards in Southern California, one of the best reviewed ones I found was Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, CA. There are a ton of orchards in this area of California, but Riley’s Farm was one of the few that included almost year round fruit picking (not just apples). And though this time of year is not apple season, it is great for rasberries, blackberries, and strawberries! Once we made the one and a half hour trek east of Los Angeles, Gina and I arrived at the winding gravel road of Riley’s Farm tucked at the base of mountains. It immediately gives off this charming rustic vibe and I knew we had found a great place to spend the afternoon.

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Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!

Kansas City!

Part 2: It’s not often that you take the time to actually explore and tour your own hometown. This was my friend Hillary’s first trip to Kansas City and I had less than two days to show off the city of fountains!

We arrived in KC on Friday afternoon, but had to head straight for the rehearsal dinner so there wasn’t much sightseeing done on that day. But Hillary did get to see some lovely Missouri countryside on our drive from Excelsior Springs (where the rehearsal was) to Liberty (where the dinner was). Lots of hay bales in the rolling hills :). We had dinner in downtown LIberty which is a very charming little square and that was fun!

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Don’t Mess with Texas! (And that summer heat!)

Welcome to Fort Worth!

Part 1: This will be a two parter for my trip to Kansas City for the awesome Sara and Andrew’s wedding! I decided to take the long way to KC by making a pit stop in Fort Worth, TX to pick up “cousin” Hillary (who was also invited to the wedding).

Upon arriving in DFW airport at 10pm on Wednesday, Hillary got me the heck out of Dallas and over to her hometown of Fort Worth. I’ve been to Dallas before, but never to Fort Worth so I was excited to see a new city! We drove through TCU’s campus (where Hillary went to college) and it’s beautiful! Most (if not all?) the buildings use the same tan brick so it has that beautiful collegiate feel.

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