A couple of the kids had dentist appointments right before school started, so we did some of our favorite San Luis Obispo activities while we were down there. It was pretty sweet because the dentist office happened to be having their free back-to-school ice cream social in the parking lot that day. We each got a HUGE bowl of Hawaiian ice, and it was delicious! Three of the kids spilled theirs (they were extremely top-heavy), but they kindly gave them more. Next we headed over to Barnes & Noble for their free summer reading program books and then on to bubble gum alley.
I made sure I had gum on hand for the occasion.
Then we drove down to Avila Valley Barn and hopped onto a hay ride. It wasn't crowded at all, since it was too early for pumpkins.
It took us to the apple orchard to pick delicious gala apples. My favorite!
They were reasonably priced, so I let them get a bunch. We go through a lot of apples around here!
Of course we walked around the gift shop and bought an olallieberry crisp. It's one of Dave's favorite desserts in the world. We always buy one for him, since we feel bad he can't be there having fun with us.
I usually buy them some kind of small treat while we're there - candy crystal, piece of caramel, etc. But what they really want is roasted corn on the cob. I never buy it because they're $2.50 each. I gave in this time (we got a few to share), and it was delicious. Healthier, too.
I love this picture! They have funky chickens wandering all around, and one actually let Spencer pick it up. Afterwards we stopped by Dave's office. They had a ton of leftover Chinese food from a drug rep lunch, so we took that home for dinner. Perfect!