Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monkey Business

So, the monkey has been having a great month. We did some peach picking at M&M on Oct. 1, for the 'Last Chance' peaches. Yummy, but I think my favorite is the Ryan's Sun. Aaaaaah, now we have to wait for cherries in June...

On our way to M&M, we took Pine Canyon to 3 Points, instead of staying on the 138. Gorgeous drive with spectacular views...
This is where the southbound part of the Ridge Route soon turns to a dirt road & goes all the way to Castaic.
On October 16, the monkey & two other pack members sold popcorn at the Flying J (that truck stop that most people think is Frazier Park, & does not at all reflect what it is like to live here). They were able to sell two cases to raise money for the pack!!
  Now, I'm a little more caught up. I am exhausted after happily teaching all week, and being done with meetings three days in a row (HOA, cub scouts &  Chamber of Commerce). No wonder I'm sick!! LOL

Catching Up; Beautiful Horse Visits Our School!

Wow, I am sooo behind!! On Sept. 30, the wonderful Mrs. C brought one of her beautiful horses to visit the Gorman School. Sorry, can't remember his name (I'm sick!). Anyway, she showed how she cares for his natural, unshod hooves, & everyone was able to pet him.

  The campus of Gorman School is so pretty, and we allegedly even have a ghost! No one currently at the school has encountered her. I have been there alone on numerous occasions, and if there is a ghost, she must be really nice, as I have only had good 'vibes' there.
  The story is that there were fields where the school is now. A little girl who lived on the farm really wanted to go to school. One day, she jumped off her father's tractor to greet the school bus, and was accidentally run over. The school is supposedly built over her resting place. I will actually be telling Harriet's story this Saturday at the Ridge Route Museum, during my monthly storytime/craft.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Beale Adobe

   I have a lot of catching up to do! A week ago Thursday, I took the hub to the Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Beale Adobe. It is on Tejon Ranch Land, & the headquarters of the High Desert Hunt Club. It is an awesom location, with a lot of history. General Beale built it in the 1800's (around 1864 if I recall correctly). This is a barbed wire sculpture of the Tejon Ranch brand.

   You drive down a dirt road, then suddenly you happen upon the pretty grounds of the adobe, with a nice pond. It would be a great location for a wedding.

   Tejon put on an awesome spread (which of course I didn't photograph!) Caterer was amazing, & out of Bakersfield. Rustic artisan sandwiches on whole wheat biscuits, grilled vegetables w/a balsamic dipping sauce, brie w/raspberries, panna cotta, Tejon Ranch wine, etc...No wonder there was a great turnout!
   Barry Zoeller, a big wig & spokesperson for Tejon gave a brief history of General Beale. The hub & I spoke with him later, and found out Tejon has been a publicly traded company since the 1930's, if I recall correctly (perhaps 1940's). Was founded by several prominent men and combined a number of large ranches into one.

      This is the kitchen; note the Tejon logo on the iron fixture holding the cooking pans...
   This was a cozy room in the adobe...

Display of vintage shotgun shell boxes...

   Very special location...