I recently celebrated my 28th birthday by doing a Malibu Wine Hike. I feel like 28 is the beginning of official adulthood, and I am READY FOR IT. I’ve been pushing myself to be better. I’m working out, eating healthy, and partying less. I deep cleaned my bedroom and got rid of a bunch of junk. I’ve been making lists of goals and strategies. I called the IRS about my missing tax return from 2015. I’ve been booking plane tickets to exciting locales. I even got a pedicure. So yeah, I’m pretty much rocking this whole adult thing.
Anyways, my mom came to Los Angeles to visit me for Presidents’ Day Weekend. She hadn’t been out here since we drove to California a year and a half ago, so a lot has changed. She got to meet all my new friends and see where I live. It was amazing. I had a full itinerary of fun activities for us, obviously. Unfortunately, it rained almost the entire time.
One activity was visiting the Saddlerock Ranch for a Malibu Wine Hike. Basically, you go on a guided hike around the ranch, meet the animals they have there, and end the experience with a wine tasting at Malibu Wines. It was FREEZING. We were so lucky that Carolyn just happened to have a bag of sweaters in the trunk of her car, because no one expected it to be so cold. It was also incredibly muddy and slippery. Despite the unfortunate elements, we still ended up having a great time. I mean, all that really matters is spending time with friends and family, right? Who cares if you get mud on your New Balances?
This rock is called Turtle Rock because, well, look at it. It looks like a grumpy turtle.
When we approached the llamas to feed them carrots, these two were FIGHTING! Little Brown won (I think).
I just want you to know that these llamas had names like “Barack O’Llama” and “Dalai Llama.” They like their puns at Saddlerock Ranch.
Doesn’t it look like he’s smiling for the camera?
They have a lot of animals at the Ranch. Most of them are retired actors, believe it or not.
This baby zebra was born on the Ranch.
These water buffalo reminded me quite a bit of my chocolate lab, Gibby.
Saddlerock Ranch also has a vineyard, where the grapes served at Malibu Wines come from.
We enjoyed our wine tasting and snacks even though it was FREEZING. The best part was watching the people who had been at Malibu Wines all day stumbling around the premises.
So yeah, the Malibu Wine Hike was fun. They also have safaris, where you ride around the ranch in a Jeep. That’s what I WANTED to do for my birthday, but they were all sold out. Maybe another time.
I also went on a tour of Paramount Studios and went on a slide on a skyscraper…I’ll post those next time! I’m also working through a huge backlog of photos. Maybe someday soon I’ll post about what I did for my birthday last year…
If you want to schedule your own Malibu Wine Hike, visit their website. I would recommend getting a snack basket with your wine tasting, and bring an extra sweater!