Fall is here, or so the calendar says. The weather however is gorgeous, way warmer that most of our summer days this year. With such beautiful weather our homeschool co-op scheduled a field trip to a local apple orchard. The kids were excited about getting out of the normal routine of homeschool life and doing something different. I on the other hand was excited about getting apples to make an apple pie.
The trip was scheduled and that Friday morning we woke up and the sun was shining like the last few days have been. Everyone was all smiles as we packed up the van and headed out to the orchard. When we got there we waited a bit for everyone in our group to arrive and snapped a group photo in front of the orchard road sign. Everyone took one last trip to the bathroom and hopped on the hay wagon.
As we rode down to the apple fields our tour guide told us all about the orchard’s history as well as some fun apple facts. For example, did you know that the only apple tree native to North America is the Crab Apple tree? As we neared the field the guide went over how to know if an apple is ready to pick and how best to pick them off the trees to not damage next year’s buds. When the wagon got to the field everyone jumped out and started hunting down the perfect apples.
We hadn’t been in the field for even 5 minutes when it started to rain. Everyone was still in a pretty good mood but started to hunt down those apples a little bit quicker. Before we knew it that rain turned into a downpour. The kids still kept hunting for apples but as fast as the sun turned to rain the adults scurried to hide out under the apple trees for some cover.
Pretty quickly after that, the wagon driver announced that the wagon was heading back to the orchard store. We all piled on the wagon and as best we could, covered up with rain coats, umbrellas, and even some blankets. A couple of moms did not have rain gear with them and ended up squishing up next to friends and shared ponchos or umbrellas. The sight of it gave us all a good laugh. One poor kid had broken his umbrella but held it up the best he could to keep himself and one other kid as dry as possible. The rain was coming down so hard that even with a rain coat on and a blanket to cover my legs, water was dripping down inside my shirt!
After picking apples we were suppose to take a tour of how they sorted out the apples and packed them up for the local grocery stores. When we all got back to the orchard store we were drenched. Because it was raining so hard we never did get to see how they sorted the apples or packed them up for the grocery stores. The good news was that even without finishing the tour or having more time to pick plenty of apples for an apple pie, we were able to bring home lots of apples. The orchard store had lots of pre-picked apples ready to go so we made sure to buy a large bag. While we did not get the experience we were hoping for, we did get some time with friends, lots of laughs and plenty of apples for an apple pie or two. Would we have loved the trip to have been better, sure, but even in the bad there was plenty of good to see…and taste as the case may be with this trip. J