Journey with us:
Christmas and Yuletide
Thai Incense Search
Oak Glen California
Thailand Snake Farm
Visit from Ernest
War and Politics
Oak Glen, California
Solvang, Fairytale Destination
Long Ago but not so Far Away
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As one gradually gains altitude along the two lane road from Yucaipa that twines about the ranches, one occasionally passes a horse drawn carriage (and less frequently is passed by one, which really only happens when one stops to photograph them).
Being passed by a carriage
The map of the road through the glen is highly abbreviated and distorted to show the relative position of points of interest to the visitor while ignoring vast tracts of orchard and picturesque but irrelevant meanderings. Despite these efforts at brevity, one quick glance reveals that the map is still far too small to be read by anyone with no prior knowledge of its content and limited psychic skill.
Before leaving the glen's east side and continuing onward to Beaumont, one passes the two Riley ranches, Riley's Farm and Riley's Log Cabin.
Each of these ranches, in a friendly rivalry between two brothers, besides offering berry, apple, and pumpkin picking during their respective seasons, has a general store.
The Riley's Farm Mercantile
These are full of things much like those described by Laura on the Ingalls' annual trip to the tiny town of
Bonnets for Sale at Riley's Log Cabin
The staple necessities of the 19th century "mercantile," flour, bolts of cloth, nails, etc., take a back seat to equally traditional candy, wooden yo-yos, slingshots, whistles, and puzzles. Books on traditional handicrafts line the walls.
Riley's Farm stages historical reenactments: Revolutionary War Field Trips, Civil War Field
Trips, California History Tours, and Wild West Picnics. Acres of pumpkin patch stretch up the hill from Riley's Farm in October and November for visitors to pick from.
Special events include quilting shows and demonstrations, and barn dances.
Quilting Demonstration at Riley's Farm
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