Happy October!Posted: October 1, 2013
On Sunday, the absolutely perfect weather continued, and there was no way I was going to waste it. The sun was warm but the breeze was cool, and it was the kind of weather I’d take all year round if I had the choice. It was foggy for a bit in the morning, so I slept in and did some stuff around my apartment, but once it cleared up, I headed out for a run.
Running is something I’ve always struggled with, but lately, it’s been an even bigger challenge for me. Luckily, the people I workout with push me to do it even though I hate it, but as much as I want to get better, I also don’t want to hurt my shins again. I’ve decided to make a point to focus more on it though, so yesterday I went over to the grass at the high school field to do some suicides. The soft ground made it a lot easier on my shins, and I still got some really good work in, so hopefully I can just keep it up!
After I got back, I went apple picking with a couple of friends at an orchard nearby. They were having a Fall festival, so there were lots of people there, plus a whole bunch of local vendors and craftsmen selling their goods. To start, we purchased our bags and headed off into the apple trees.
They had all kinds of apples, and I picked a mix of Cortlands, Galas, and Honeycrisps.
On our way back, we came across these big, yellow apples, which none of us had ever seen before. They were much larger than any of the red or green ones we saw, and they were fully yellow in color. We had no idea what they were all about, but picked a few for ourselves anyway.
When we got back to the farm, we found out they were Ginger Golds, a sweet, soft apple. I liked the sweetness, but I’m much more partial to crisper apples, so although they were good (and very interesting looking), they weren’t my favorite. It’s always fun to learn/try something new though!
Back at the farm, we walked around a bit, taking in the sights and smells of fall. A local BBQ restaurant was selling food, and they had all kinds of pies, caramel apples, and other Fall goodies for sale. The combination of Fall foods and locally made products had me pretty excited, but I limited my buying to a 1/2 gallon of freshly pressed cider, a jar of jam, and some maple pumpkin butter. There were so many things I wanted to try, but those should hold me over for a while!
We also tried some of their pumpkin and maple ice creams, which we ate on the banks of the pond.
The sun was still so warm; it couldn’t have been a more perfect day to be outside. This orchard is huge and hosts lots of weddings, and I can totally see why – everything about it is just beautiful!
Apple and pumpkin picking are some of my favorite things to do in the Fall, and I’m so glad my favorite season is finally here. I’m sure this won’t be my only trip to the orchard this year, and I’m looking forward to all the other fun Fall things to do as well. Maybe a haunted house even? Halloween seems so far off, but with the start of the new month, it’s really only a couple of weeks away. Last October was one of the worst months of my life, but I’m determined to make this year’s one of the best. And with nice weather, great friends, and fun activities, that shouldn’t be too hard to do.
Happy October, everyone!