California Trip – day 5 – Riley’s Farm and Heart Rock

We headed out of Anaheim again on the 8th.  Toren has never really spent any time on a farm. We visited a milk cattle operation once, but Toren is growing up in the city.  I thought a farm might be rather novel for him.  A recommendation on red tricycle suggested Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen.  Oak Glen is famous for apples, which Toren doesn’t like.  But Riley’s Farm has a bunch of other activities.  So, we headed to Riley’s Farm on the 8th.

We got there just after a tour started, and another wouldn’t start for a while, so we joined the tour that was in progress.  That meant we missed one station.  It was a colonial era tour and they were showing people what life was like during colonial times.  The guides were in period costume and tried to act the part (I got ours to break character because I like doing that).  The group that we were with was almost exclusively intellectually disabled; it was a field trip.  There were two other boys, a few years older than Toren, who were also there with their mother.  They raced motocross and were home schooled.  And, they were the first young boys I had met who have hair longer than Toren’s.

We missed the quill and ink writing station but caught up to the tour in time to churn butter, which Toren didn’t want to do.  We then weaved yarn:

After weaving, we helped make apple cider:

We also got to dip candles, though they gave us a candle as a starter:

The final activity was some colonial period games.  Toren picked one up pretty well:

We finished up right around lunch time, so we ate at the restaurant on site.  It was pretty good, but the best part was the fresh out of the oven bread, which Toren loved as well:

After lunch, we drove to Crestline, California to do a hike I found to a water-eroded indent in a rock that is shaped like a heart.  It was about a mile and a half hike.  Here’s a video of the Heart Rock:

Toren did the whole thing.  He’s a budding hiker!

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