Halloween weekend, Adam and I took a mini-vacation to a small town about 2.5 hours away called Julian. Julian is a little gold-mining town situated in the mountains above San Diego. My family used to take day trips there when I was small and I've been back once as an adult, but not for an extended period of time.
In February, I called the Shadow Mountain Ranch to see if Adam and I could get a room there in March for our one year anniversary. They said the next opening they had was Halloween! So I booked it and we've looked forward to it the whole time. It's really emphasized how quickly the year has passed though, because October seemed so far away for so long! And now it's over!
We left early Friday morning and came back mid-day Sunday and we still have things we didn't get to accomplish. Here are some highlights from our trip!
Adam is trying to figure out (using complex equations on his phone) which type of pie to order
I take care of that decision for him when I tell him Apple Mountain Berry with cinnamon ice cream is my most favorite ever
the sink in our room
the wood-burning stove in our room. we made the smoke alarm go off! turns out you have to open the flue!
the hallway coming from the bedroom to the living room
the living room
the bed complete with gnome hats
we went to lake cuyamaca
we panned for gold! i sucked at it, so i took pictures of Adam doing it instead.
quartz is such a cool idea for a tombstone
the gnome home!
the duck pond at Shadow Mountain Ranch
You can see more pictures here, at flickr.
As soon as we were home, I couldn't wait to start writing reviews of everywhere we went on Yelp and Trip Advisor. We had such an amazing time and met the most wonderful people. So far, I haven't finished any of those reviews (catch-up is a b***h), but I'm working on it!
My mom and sister and I are now talking about going back the weekend before Christmas to attend the Julian community choir's rendition of Handel's Messiah. Which means.. snow!! Yay, I haven't seen snow in 15 years. :)