TGIF!!! It’s been a busy week around these parts! The LA Fashion Council kicked off LA Fashion Week with shows at Maker City in downtown Los Angeles this week. So far, my favorite of the shows I attended was Odylyne. I’ll be reviewing the line on the blog next week. But for now, here’s a behind the scenes sneak peak of a few of the pieces . . . .
Last weekend we drove up to Central California, Hanford, to be exact, to spend the weekend with Reston’s best friend + family who recently moved there. It’s an agricultural town, lots of dairies and farms, which I love. Fun fact: Hanford is well known for their ice cream, the brand is called Superior and it’s made locally and packaged right there in Hanford. Of course I loved the pink box and old school typography so I had to snap a shot. They have an ice creamery in town, but there was a Renaissance Fair going on and streets were blocked off so we opted for the take home kind. It was delish!!!
The plan was to stay over at our friend’s house and drive up to Sequoia National Park on Sunday. But I underestimated my dog allergies -they have two little doggies and I was equally allergic to both, even though they were being kept away from me in different rooms :( So after they treated us to dinner at Harris Ranch Restaurant, we opted to stay over at the adjoining Harris Ranch Inn. BTW, did you know that Harris Ranch is California’s largest source of beef, and the largest ranch on the West Coast? I don’t eat much beef, but the steak was good and the loaded baked potato was AWESOME!!!!!
Peops are serious about their cows in these parts. The lobby was decorated in full dude ranch style. Cowhide sofas and longhorn chairs . . . Yee Haaaah!
The next morning we headed out on the open road to Sequoia. Along the way we stopped at Pinky’s Produce, a roadside fruit stand, for some freshly squeezed orange juice. I’m told it is the best around. Of course, I loved the signage and pink lettering . . .
Then it was time to hit the road again. It was a beautiful drive, especially once we got into the forest. I LOVE trees, and there were tons of them. Beautiful tall redwoods and lots of cool fresh air. A nice break from those heatwave temps we’ve become accustomed to.
Our goal was to do a cave tour, but we found out that the one we wanted was sold out. While we were waiting, the kids discovered an old relic known as a “pay phone.” They were fascinated by the buttons and attached cord. I realized that it had been a while since I had seen one myself! The park rangers told us about another cave tour that was 2 hours up the mountain, and everyone was game so we headed back out. On the way, we stopped to see General Sherman, a giant Sequoia tree. By volume, General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. And he was massive. You can see him below . . .
This photo will give you a better perspective. You can see how tiny we look standing at the base of this tree. Now that’s some serious trunkage, wouldn’t you agree?
We ended our trip with a really cool cave tour at Boyden Cavern in Kings Canyon. It was both fun and informative. I will share more about it later, but if you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I recommend you go. Our guide was great and it was very beautiful, both inside the cave and out.
Happy Friday!! I hope you all have a fab weekend. I’ll be covering the CONCEPT Fashion shows this Saturday, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of the goodies on hand for S/S ’15 next week.