So September is almost over and apple picking season is here once again.
Yesterday started out as a gloomy day, but the clouds went away and the sun came out in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day in the mid-20s under a warm sun, which is probably out of character for this time of the year.
I think that fall’s been delayed a bit this year due to the nice warm weather we’ve been having, aside from one week earlier in the month when it dropped near freezing.
The nice warm weather also meant that everyone else decided to come apple-picking, too, and the small two-lane country roads were completely jam-packed with cars. The place we go to time after time must have had hundreds of cars in their huge grass “parking lot”.
As you guys know, I like to pull lessons from just about anything if I think I can write up about it, so here’s what I learned from our nice day of apple picking.
Take the less-explored path
Sometimes there’s only one path open to us, but sometimes we have choices, too; we just choose not to take them because nobody else is. This usually only works if you’re in a town or area where there are other roads to take, but if you’re willing to take a small risk, you can drive through some side streets and eventually end up far ahead of the crowd. It helps to know your overall direction so you don’t get lost in the small turns. The worst that can happen is that you lose a bit of time from your attempt, but often you will not only save time but also see some scenery at the same time.
The good fruit needs to be searched out
When you go apple picking on a nice day with tons of people, you should naturally expect most of the trees to be stripped bare, except for the apples on the ground! We were originally a little disappointed because you need to buy a bag before you can enter the orchard, and we weren’t sure if we were going to be forced to pick from the ground!
A bit of searching and diligence paid off in our case, though. We walked, walked, and kept on walking for probably half a kilometer, until we finally reached a section of the orchard where there were still plenty of apples. These apples were also really sweet; usually the apples are mostly sour which is good for pie-making but leads to a puckered face if you try to eat one.
It’s not just about the size
You would think that the biggest apples would also be the best ones, right? Not always… I was surprised, but I ate 2 or 3 smaller apples while I was there, and they were very sweet and delicious! The big apples were good, too, but it seems to be harder to find one that doesn’t have flaws.
So, reader, what fall activities do you enjoy? I enjoyed the heat, as it’s probably the last warm weekend of the year!