Although not interested in foreign travel, Terry and I love to visit places in our own state, especially places so close by that we can make the trip in one day. After dropping the Subaru to be serviced yesterday, we headed down Highway 99 to visit a few towns on the east side of the Valley.
Exeter was our first stop. This little town is like stepping back to 1955. Very hometown, main street picturesque. It is surrounded by orange groves, and the downtown buildings are covered with beautiful murals. I had visited here with a friend a couple of years ago but Terry had never been. Mind you, like me he grew up in the valley but had never visited these little outlying towns.
You may remember the hat discussion I wrote about a few weeks ago. Terry wore his summer hat for this outing. Here he is, attempting to get a better shot of one of the murals:
A major stop on this trip was in Strathmore at The Orange Works. This is an old orange packing shed that’s been made over into a cafe. They do an amazing amount of business. And the sandwiches are delicious, but what people really come for is the freshly made orange ice cream. Not orange sherbet, but orange ice cream. It is so unusual and the best ice cream I have ever eaten:
We finished our trip with a stop in the tiny town of Lindsay. The temperature was in the 90s by now, the sun beating down on us, but we wanted to see the murals here, too. Far fewer than the 28 painted in Exeter, but nonetheless charming. This mural of the first town’s doctor, a woman, is on the side of the medical building in town that houses a dentist and optometrist.
By 2 pm we were melting so headed back to Fresno where I picked up my freshly serviced car. It felt good to be home early enough to get a few chores done. I didn’t have to fix dinner, though, as we had half of our sandwiches left over from our lunch at the Orange Works. We ate our ice cream first and brought the sandwiches home!