A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful and pre-football Sunday afternoon, the four of us climbed in the van for a short road trip to enjoy the outdoors and to pick some apples. I had my heart set on a much bigger excursion than this farther from home for our apple picking this year, but with vacation right in the middle of our fall and a full calendar, I was afraid that if we didn't take advantage of this free and clear Sunday, we'd never pick any apples at all!
I found this newer orchard through Facebook - only about a 30 minute drive from home - and not well known yet. In fact, we were the only ones there this afternoon and had the whole entire orchard to ourselves. The rows and rows of apples were completely ours for the picking, and the little indoor café filled with homemade jars of jam and bottles of honey and plates of fancy chocolates were also all for us this afternoon.
We picked out our basket, made friend's with the family dog and set out on our way. I really wasn't concerned with which types of apples the kids chose, but more eager for the experience itself. We took our time, Cody lifting Brandon to the high apples, Jaden trying to remind himself to carefully inspect before he picked, and meandering from our basket to the corn fields to the busy honey bee plots that we got to watch busily working from a short distance away. And when the boys would get tired or want a break, there they would sit surrounded by red and green and purple apples, practicing their apple juggling while I happily snapped picture after picture and imagined the smells in our kitchen that would come later that afternoon.
It was a no-fuss way to spend some time together. And I know we'll do it again next Fall.
All the pictures...