Monday, October 8, 2012

Apple Picking

 We got up really early Saturday morning and headed to the mountains for apple picking with friends.  Carter Mountain Orchard is located in Charlottesville, Virginia and only a couple of hours from where we live.  It was an amazing day.  The weather was perfect, warm sun and just enough of a breeze for comfort.  Once we had our bags we were ready to start picking.  The trees were loaded with apples and everything was within reach.  It didn't take long to fill our bags with 5 kids helping.  The apples  
were so beautiful hanging on the trees and they felt amazing in your hand as you picked them.  There is something wonderful and satisfying about picking your own food.  Once we had filled our bags we took our haul to the car and checked out the other activities.  They offer hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a cute store that has all things apple.  Just outside of the store is a little food stand with the typical fare and the most amazing apple cider donuts you've ever eaten.  After indulging in the warm doughnuts, the adults took turns at the wine shop sampling some delicious local wines (nevermind that it was 10 in the morning :)) When we felt like we had our fill of apples we started our decent down the mountain.
Before starting home we stopped for a bite to eat at a local pizza place called The Mellow Mushroom.  This was by far the best pizza I have ever eaten.  The crust was delicious and crispy, it had just the right amount of sauce, and the toppings were plentiful.  We had the House Special but there were so many other types we wanted to try. I see a future trip planned, maybe just for pizza.
I hope your weekend was full of good times and good friends as well.  Love to you. 

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