Springtime at Lake Balboa

Neek sez:

The ducks were a little feisty when Lex and I visited Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley, California.  A boy and his grandparents were feeding them with loaves of bread which made them go a little crazy.  The lake is filled with reclaimed water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and has been a home for ducks, geese, cormorants, seagulls, turtles, and fish.

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Los Angeles County Fair 2016 – We Came, We Saw, We Ate Too Much!

Lex sez:

One of the highlights of our summer was going to the Los Angeles County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California.  There are so many rides and attractions there, it is truly massive!

We started off by checking out the DIY contestants which included entries for quilts, table settings, wine, beer and baked goodies.  Continue reading

Wine Tasting at Beautiful Willamette Valley, Oregon

Lex sez about Elk Cove Vineyards:

Starting out in Tigard, Oregon, which is just south of Portland, we drove out on the 219 Hillsboro Highway toward Gaston in search of our first winery of the day, Elk Cove.  I had been recently told by my sister how beautiful the Willamette Valley was and our drive certainly did not disappoint.  It was a very curvy road through a forest with trees so heavy with moss it felt like a jungle.  Neek drove this first leg and we were wondering how there could possibly be vineyards in a forest so thick.  But suddenly, there was a clearing and before us was a vineyard with a pond that looked so beautiful, to call it magical seems only appropriate!

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That vineyard and pond belonged to Elk Cove Vineyards.  As much as we loved the outside, going inside to taste their wine was even better!  Continue reading