Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Anne and I took advantage of this beautiful day by taking our youngest children out for a nature walk and quick trip to an apple orchard for a few apples. Or so we thought. The nature walk lead us down this awesome little space Anne found a few months ago that allowed us to walk up to trains, explore a creek bed safely and pick up fallen leaves. It was perfect. The kids had a great time. We then decided to find a smaller scale apple orchard than our local favorite in hopes of avoiding larger crowds. We avoided crowds alright! As I pulled up a one lane road around a steep hill in the middle of nowhere, I asked Anne what she thought. At that moment, a few cows were grazing along a fence row and all seemed peaceful. As we turned into the winery/orchard, we quickly noted we were the only ones there. I made a brief reference to the movie Deliverance and Anne told me to knock it off. I giggled. I am mean like that. We got out of the car and looked around for apple trees, noting none. As we got the kids out of the van, we were greeted by a friendly dog and young man who radioed his boss letting him know he had customers. I kid you not....as we were walking up to the entrance of the winery, the young man started up a chainsaw! Anne gave me "the look" and I all but doubled over laughing. As it turns out, frost damaged the apple trees this year and we would not be picking any apples. We came home empty handed, but we came home!