Getting back into the traveling mode of this blog… That means playing catch-up! So… Back in October, I went to downstate Michigan to visit my friend Lori. This was the first time I had ever been to my state capitol or saw the Capitol Building (pictured above).
The entire weekend was a blast, hanging out with Lori and her roommies. This was the weekend I talked about briefly in this previous blog post. http://travelingev.blogspot.com/2009/10/loris-collage.html. It was the midst of fall, and I enjoyed the vibrant fall colors immensely, especially as we had gorgeous weather while I was there.
Sunday October 18, a fine day, Lori and I went to an apple orchard that reminded me a lot of the County Fair. People everywhere and cars parked in long rows on the grass. It was cool, but a little overwhelming for me to be around such a crowd. It’s definitely been awhile since I’ve been in the midst of such a milling throng. A day spent at the apple orchard seemed to be a fun family affair; there were lots of activities to take part in: wagon rides, drinking cider, eating donuts, a corn maze, little games, a big balloon bouncing thing, live music…
We waited in the long line to go inside and see the cider mill and get our own hot cider and donuts. Here’s a ragtag collage that gives a general sense of how long the line was.
The cider mill process was fairly impressive. They would dump large crates of apples into a big container, and the apples would then be brought up a ramp and dumped into a crushing device that would extract the juices. The leftover apple parts dumped into a big pile.
Later, we took a walk down to the orchard and then to the pumpkin patch. The apple trees were completely loaded down with GIGANTIC apples! That was pretty amazing. And the rows of trees stretched on as far as the eye could see. I’m way more used to wild apple trees growing haphazardly every which way. It’s crazy to see what apple trees are capable of! (However, I still much prefer munching on wild apples in the quiet of the woods.)
And the pumpkin patch was beautiful. Even the ugly pumpkins had their own kind of charm. We took a ton of pictures.
Finally, a wild photo edit of the THREE PUMPKINS that STOLE Halloween.
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