The Not-So-Perfect Trip to the Apple Orchard

We went apple picking last year. We had tons of fun. We decided to do it again this year. Things didn’t really turn out quite like last year. We had a crazy hot summer this year and apparently that knocked out quite a bit of the apple crop here. A lot of the orchards didn’t even have u-pick this year. Thanks to our friends the Medskers, we did find a place outside of St. Joe called Schweizer Orchard. It’s about an hour and a half drive from where we live.

We loaded up the kids and made a pit stop at the library to load up on reading material for the long drive. By the time we got there, the kids were pretty eager to pick some apples. We parked the car and trekked up the gravel road in search of some loot. We walked. And we walked. And we walked. It was hot and humid (who would have guessed it in late September?). The kids were grumpy. And whining. They were totally ready to leave. And we had a whopping TWO apples in the bag at this point. All the trees were bare. And when we did find a bunch on a tree, they were all rotting. Or covered in bees… that was fun!

We weren’t sure what to do, so we called our friends and asked where the heck all the apples were. After some guidance from them, and a lot more walking in the tall, sticky grass, we FINALLY found some apples! We snagged a bunch, filled our bags, and then headed down to the playground. The kids had a blast swinging and sliding and running through the hay bale maze.

After they were good and worn out, we loaded up in the car and headed home. The trip that was SO fun last year almost turned into a disaster. We don’t really like disasters, so we always try to push through to the good part. It usually works out in our favor. This time it did. If you ask the kids if they had fun apple picking, they’ll tell you they did. See, that’s the funny thing about kids… it doesn’t take a lot to please them. And if you end on a high note, often times, they’ll forget the bad parts. It’s like selective memories. So, here are some pictures from our epic apple picking adventure 😉

family fall fun apple picking
kids picking apples at schweizer orchard
apples are fun to pick schweizer orchard
little girl balancing apple on her head
kids playing in hay bale maze
brother and sister swinging and playing on playground

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I am a: Joy Seeker. Big Dreamdoer. Family Adventurer. Connoisseur of fine music. Practitioner of Gratitude. Painter of Watercolors.


4 comments
Michelle
Michelle

Glad you ended on a high note. That's pretty much what our last trip was like. The trees were pretty picked out. We did end up filling our buckets, but the apples didn't look great!

Allison Waken
Allison Waken

They all can't be perfect, but it's important to find the fun in every trip and of course you're always good about doing that! I'm glad you did find some apples though. It's been hot here too (as usual) but we had a cool spell and took advantage last week and went to a farm. We're back to 100F here this week.

alison
alison

We hit the apple orchard over the weekend too. I love what you wrote about pushing through to the good part. It's so very true.

rik andes
rik andes

adorable! sounds like a fun time (i mean, once you get past the heat and humidity and rotten apples and bees and all that). :) the pictures are incredible, of course, especially the series with the apple on her head! and the ones of the kids getting crazy on the swings--my kids swing like that, too. :)