Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Old Towne Orange

On Saturday we decided to explore more of the City of Orange. We headed out to Irvine Lake to see what it was like and how much it was to fish there. It’s off one of the roads where the fires were last year. You can see that some of the trees are still scorched.

We made our way in there and took a look around. They have a lagoon where little kids can fish. We actually saw a little girl catch one as we were standing there! They also have a huge lake. People can either launch their own boats, or you can rent one there. It’s purely a fishing lake, so no water skiing or anything. Maybe one day we’ll get out there.

After checking out the lake, we headed into Old Towne Orange (downtown). We hadn’t walked around down there since we moved in. It was full of antique stores, little restaurants and knick-knack stores. While we were walking along, we stopped in the “Antique Mall”. It was two stories and just FULL of all kinds of antiques. It was funny because they had a section of Pyrex platters and bowls….and my mom has some of the same ones! Who thought they would be antiques!? Believe it or not, I’ve been into my share of antique stores. My parents would stop in antique stores anywhere they saw one. They would find random ones while we were on road trips, and we would have to pull over.
Needless to say, Cuong and I didn’t buy anything.

By that time, we were getting hungry for lunch. We stopped at the Filling Station. It was my first time there, and Cuong’s first time for lunch. We both got a hamburger with French fries. It was pretty good. The atmosphere is really neat. It’s an old 1920’s gas station turned into a cafĂ©. Everyone rants and raves about their breakfast (served all day). So we’ll have to stop in for breakfast next time. We sat outside under an umbrella. It was a nice sunny day and perfect for being outside, as long as you had some shade and a breeze.

There is still much more to see in the city and we plan on checking it all out as we go along.

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