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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Apple Picking

Today we went up to the beautiful NC mountains to go apple picking. Our destination was Sky Top Apple Orchard. We could not have asked for a more perfect day! The sky was blue, not a cloud to be seen. It was chilly at first, but quickly warmed up and we found ourselves shedding our jackets. It's supposed to be past "peak" time for the fall colors. I don't believe it. The leaves were just brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. Incredible. Breath taking.

We wandered through the orchard with our basket on a wagon, picking apples when the mood hit, laughing at silly comments, pointing out a pretty tree or view. No agenda, no rush, no schedule to keep. And then we had to pull the wagon with the full basket (1/2 bushel) of apples back UP the hill. I call it teamwork, Gloria calls it "girl power." But whatever it is, we made it back to the top. She was still running after we arrived. If only I could bottle that energy...

After we bagged our apples, paid for them, and put them in the car, we wandered back down to visit the sheep and goats and the ducks. A walk through the bamboo forest was in store, as well. Some hot cider and time on the swings rounded out our morning.

We have more apples than we can possibly eat. Gloria has plans for sharing them with a few people and we will make an apple crisp tomorrow. Fortunately, I was able to find a recipe for a gluten-free apple crisp. We would have made it this afternoon...except I am out of brown sugar. Oops...

We took lots of pictures today (and yesterday). I have an "old fashioned" camera...you know...one that uses 35 mm film that has to be developed at the photo lab. There are just a few pictures left on the current roll and then I can post some pictures.

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