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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oak Glen - Part 1

This past Sunday, Oct. 12, we renewed something of a family tradition by going up to Oak Glen.  Oak Glen is a community in the hills above Yucaipa and is known for apple orchards.  For those of you familiar with the Los Angeles area, Yucaipa is off of the 10 freeway between Riverside and Banning, and you'd pass it if you were heading out to the Morongo Casino or Palm Springs.

Oak Glen has several areas where stores, restaurants and attractions are grouped together.  If you had time you could visit all of them.  These different areas are not necessarily within walking distance to each other; you have to drive up the road from one to another.  If you're going up hill; it's a steep winding road, and because of how popular the area is, it gets very congested with traffic.  Parking can become a challenge, but it's well worth it.

As a family, we've gone to Oak Glen a few other times on-and-off since Laura and I have been married.  Laura's family has gone there a few other times years ago.  What we did this past Sunday, and what we've done on the other occasions since I've gone, is to start by having breakfast in the park.  One of the areas of stores and restaurants happens to have a small park where there are picnic benches.  We got there about 10:00 am, and with the help of a Coleman Stove had hot coffee and a hot skillet in no time.  Laura's grandmother cooked us
Quesadillas.  Oak Glen is a great place for us to take lots of pictures, and this trip was no exception.  Here's one of the whole family:

Laura made sure we all wore something that matched. This picture turned out the best of all the family ones we took.  I'm not thrilled with my smile - it almost looks like I didn't want to be there, but actually it was the only one where Brady was not making a funny face (on purpose).  In the other pictures my smile was better, but Brady had a silly face.  After we ate breakfast the kids played for a while.  Joining us on this trip was Laura's grandparents, Nina's friend Frankie, and Laura's sister-in-law and two of her three daughters.  Laura's brother opted to stay home with the baby.  Also joining us was Laura's grandparent's dog, Mimi:

Here's Laura's sister-in-law, Reanne, with Zoe on the left, and Mia on the right:

Laura's Grandpa, Gil, loves all of his grand kids and great-grand kids. Here he is making his great-granddaughter, Mia, laugh:


Here's Nina and her friend Frankie. This was Frankie's first time to Oak Glen, and she had a great time.


Here's me and my Honey-Bunny:


After the kids played for a while, we went shopping at one of the stores near the park. We also walked around some of the other souvenir stores nearby. Then we drove up the road to one of the other areas where there are a lot more shops to visit. There is also a museum there, along with other attractions. We also have plenty more pictures, but I'll save them for my next post.

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7 Comments:

  • At October 19, 2008 11:29 AM, Blogger GarciaStudent said…

    Wow! What a great set of pictures. Glad you guys had so much fun. Oh, I just realized you might not recognize my account name: Garciablog. I use this website for my students' weekly blog. It's me, your sister Donna. And you just reminded me I need to post too. It's probably been about two weeks. Again, great photos!

     
  • At October 23, 2008 11:58 AM, Blogger sealaura said…

    Hola! What a beautiful family you have and I definitely loved your pictures. Oak Glen is near my neck of the woods, I might just check it out this weekend. you inspired me!

     
  • At October 23, 2008 5:21 PM, Blogger Nina said…

    dad i have a new post.

     
  • At October 24, 2008 8:35 AM, Blogger LA said…

    Fresh tortillas.... YUM!

    That family picture is beautiful! Looks to me like you've got your Christmas card picture. I like your wife's art direction!

    The knitting camp I go to is up that way. It's technically in Yucaipa but it's tucked away in the mountains up that windy road before just before Oak Glen city limits. A perfect getaway spot, close enough to home to do it in a day but far enough that you feel like you're a million miles away from your routine.

     
  • At October 30, 2008 7:23 AM, Blogger sage said…

    Nice photos--I love the dog and the picture of great-granddad with Mia is priceless

     
  • At November 01, 2008 7:24 AM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    Donna,
    Thanks, and these are just some of the pictures. I had intended on posting part two of this series about a week after part one. Oh well. I'll check out your site to see if you posted.

    sealaura,
    Thanks for stopping by again. If you're close by to Oak Glen I suggest you try to visit on a weekday afternoon. Weekends are very crowded.

    nina,
    I loved your new post!

    la,
    The torts were indeed yummy. Thanks for the compliments; I'll share them with Laura too.

    I know what you mean about feeling like you're a million miles away. It seems like 1/2 the day was spent driving there and back - but it was worth it.

    Also, thanks for the comment on my last post.

    sage,
    Thanks. My grandparents-in-law (as I affectionately call them) love their dog Mimi.

    We also have a very similar picture of our daughter Nina when she was nearly a year old being held by her great-granddad Gil. Their smiles are indeed priceless.

     
  • At November 05, 2008 12:37 PM, Blogger Diane said…

    Great family photos!

     

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