I recently wrote a blog entitled Fun Fall Activities for the Family and mentioned that I was excited to go apple picking with my family. When my husband told me of an opportunity to travel to North Carolina, I immediately jumped at the chance!
I love High Country in North Carolina and knew we would finally have the opportunity to experience some fall weather, since it has just been miserably hot in Georgia. Naturally, the first thing I began to research was apple orchards and I found a lovely one in Hendersonville names Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard.
After a delicious breakfast at the Dan’l Boone Inn, which is located in the city of Boone, we started on our apple-picking adventure. Google Maps told us it would take about 2 hours to get there and we were prepared for a lovely scenic drive. It was beautiful! However, the closer we got to the location the thicker the fog became and it began to rain.
We also began to notice we were far from civilization and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. We finally escaped the winding, tree-lined roads and found the cute little town. We located the orchard, parked, and then went to receive baskets, a wagon, and a map. The rain was coming down fairly hard, but I wasn’t going to let that end my apple-picking dreams!
Two of us wanted Golden Delicious apples and the other two wanted Granny Smith and so, of course, those varieties were in the very last orchard in the back. We walked to the orchard through the mud and rain and finally found the apples we wanted. The girls picked tons of apples and my daughter even got to sing her Johnny Appleseed song. Life seemed good, wet but good, until my husband slipped and fell. Thankfully, he wasn’t badly injured, but you know a fall is a lot harder to recover from when you are 40.
So that put a damper on things. We made it back to the main building and my husband went to rest in the truck. We bagged the apples and paid, but the youngest child decided she had to pick a pumpkin and shoot an apple cannon. We found just the right pumpkin…she wanted one that was different and NOT perfect so we found one that fit the bill. Then we went to shoot apple cannons, which was tons of fun! My daughter wants to build one in the back yard now, but I told her the neighbors may not appreciate it.
So despite the rain and injuries, apple picking was a success! The Golden Delicious apples may be the best apples I have ever tasted in my life! They are so juicy and it feels so special to eat apples that we picked instead of just getting them from the store. If you have a chance this fall, take your family or friends, silence your phones and go pick apples!
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