We are always in search of fun fall things to do as a family and last Sunday's family outing was probably one of our best in the past few years. We went to a small town nearby known for all things "apple" and had a blast exploring nature, picking apples, and just marveling at Gods' beautiful creations.
We could not have asked for more perfect weather. It was sunny and in the mid sixties; perfect for a light sweatshirt. Our first stop was a tree farm that Miss M and I had visited a few years ago with her Girl Scout Troop and we enjoyed sharing the adventure with Mr C and Miss A. There were hammocks to make out of fabric, a tall tree house to climb, and a trail that took us deep into the woods.
Miss A complained that she had never walked so much in her life, but the huge smile on her face told of her joy. Mr C believed that the sign declaring the trail at 2/3 of a mile was just to trick unsuspecting guests into venturing out on a forced march. In his "expert" opinion, it was closer to 2.5 miles! (The Boy Scout comes through) Miss M's only complaint was that there was so much to see "off " the trail including big drop offs next to streams, walking paths that promised treasures, and of course trees that would have been perfect to climb. Too bad mom and dad are such rule followers that we made her stay on the path.
There were so many photo ops; the bridge over the leaf covered stream, the walking path covered with leaves of all colors, and the "three little bears" chairs that were just adorable. Even big man Mr C looks mini in that big chair. Next year, we are dragging the kids there in their Sunday best and capturing a Christmas Card moment. This year was all about making the memories and having fun.
Finally, our afternoon would not have been complete without a trip to the orchard for "pick your own apples." When the hay rack ride driver told us to be sure to sample the different types to help us pick which ones we like the most, some members of our family took him at his word. I think between Mr P and Mr C a least 10 apples were consumed. Miss A and I decided that Jonigold were our favorites, while Miss M and the boys are divided between Winesap and Braeburns.
Really, can anything taste as good as fresh fruit right off the tree? They are right when they say that Fresh Local is the best! Our ten pound bushel of apples is nearly gone, just a few days later and I was told in no uncertain terms that I should just leave them plain, no apple crisp, no apple pies (which is good since I don't know how to make pie crust anyway.) or any other apple "snack."
We finished off the afternoon at the cafe eating apple pie, sampling apple wines and apple slushies, and resting our happy bodies before calling it a day! I think this could become one of my favorite top ten days of the year! Happy family equals Happy Momma.