It seems like fall arrived in our area right in sync with the calendar this year. The temperatures have been cooler for the past couple of weeks, and fall is in the air!
As a fun fall activity we decided to visit the Green Bluff area northeast of Spokane yesterday. It's only about an hour from where we live. The kids and I had been there a couple of times on a "pumpkin patch" field trip years ago when they were little, but we had never been there as a family. I think we've started a new fall family tradition!
We visited several farms... some of which had fun country stores to browse, but our favorite was the "u-pick" orchard we stopped at last.
It was a drizzly morning, but we didn't let that stop us. We enjoyed tromping through the trees checking out the different varieties of fruit. The orchard owners had also planned a "letter boxing" game with 6 or 8 different boxes throughout the orchard for the kids to find and stamp a card. Hunting for the the letter boxes made it even more fun!This was a Red Delicious tree. The lady told us we could recognize the Delicious apples (both Red and Golden) by the star on the bottom. I love how dusky they look hanging on the tree.
I thought these weathered apple carts lined up against the old red barn were picturesque.
And here's my gang heading in with their harvest.
We only picked enough to enjoy fresh for the next few weeks. I was disappointed to discover that we can actually buy apples at the grocery store cheaper than we can pick our own.
But just the experience was worth the drive over! The girls found all the letter boxes and got to choose a prize from the prize basket.
And Laura made a most delicious apple pie when we got home!