Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Family Fall Field Trip

We went to Windy Hill Orchard on Monday. The kids had off school so I decided it was a good idea for us to do something "fallish." When we homeschooled, we took the older kids to Windy Hill every year and I miss giving those kinds of experiences to our kids who go to school. So Curt took a day off work and we ventured off on a family field trip. My 12 year old took a friend because when you're 12 everything is more enjoyable with a friend along.
Here's the whole gang good-naturedly posing for a photo. It was cold!
This is the famous "How Tall This Fall" sign that I used to take my kids' pictures by every year. Always one for tradition, I insisted each kid pose by it.
This child makes me laugh.
I love this smile.
The adults even got into it.
We saw (and petted) pigs. There was an option that you could feed them a bottle for $5. We opted not to but my 12yo really wanted to. We chose to spend our money on food for us, not the pigs.
We also saw a cider press demonstration. And learned about the benefits of eating apples and also the history of Johnny Appleseed. This guy has been doing this presentation for at least 15 years. I was ridiculously happy to see him. I like it when things don't change.
Then he took us on a hayride. He speaks totally in rhyme and always seems happy.
After we were done with our tour, we got to sample apple cider donuts (this was why Curt agreed to come, I suspect), drink apple cider, fill a bag with apples and hit the farm stand, where we bought more apples, fried apple pies and cinnamon apple cider donuts to take home. Then we felt like this fellow. But that didn't keep us from stopping for lunch!

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BethA said...

Sounds like so much fun! A perfect way to spend a fall day.

Pam said...

What a fun fall family activity!

Kristi Butler said...

I love Windy Hill!!! So jealous...and hungry for a donut!!

I might just have to see if I can fit in a trip!


Amy O'Quinn said...

Sounds like a very neat place to visit! We are too far south for many apple orchards, but I enjoyed visiting one in north Georgia near my parent's vacation cabin. I love apples! Glad you all had fun...and carried on the family tradition.
Amy O'Quinn