photo botslide.jpg

Apple Picking Adventures

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Apologies for the photo heavy post, but my trip to Michigan had so many firsts for me that I just had to share. As a girl born and raised in San Francisco, traveling to the Midwest was such a culture shock for me. People ride tractors, the seasons actually change, they have things like apple orchards and corn mazes, everything is so different! 
I actually had the most wonderful apple picking adventure during my first full day in Michigan. Having never been apple picking before I wasn't sure really what to expect, but it turned out to be a lot more than I originally thought! We went to Wiard's Orchard, which is a country fair and apple orchard all in one so there was a ton of activities to partake in. First and foremost, I picked some apples. I went straight to work picking out all the best apples from each tree. 






Next, we headed over to the pick your own Pumpkin Patch. I have NEVER seen Pumpkins actually  on the vine so I was awestruck to realize that these pumpkins were literally ones you had to pick off the Pumpkin patch vine!


 Tractor crossing....it's a thing.
 Another first for me was a corn maze. Safe to say, I got totally lost amongst the stalks. Thankfully it wasn't dark out otherwise I would have been running around screaming.

 Yet another first for me was a hayride through Wiard Orchard's haunted glen. It was such a cute ride around the Orchard and through the woods where they had a haunted hayride setup. They have a bunch of special effects for the ride at night, but knowing me, I'm not sure I could take things popping out at night and those scary effects. In the daylight though, I was having a blast. 

 Last stop was the Orchard's petting zoo. I have never seen a Llama in person before so I was totally terrified that this one below was going to spit on me. It did look like it was about to pounce.

Hay there! 
I also noticed a small dark door that led to an adventure with Alien Caged Clowns. I'm terrified of clowns so I opted for passing on the ones that have been caged by Aliens. All in all, such a busy day of firsts for me, but I loved every single minute of it!

Have you been apple picking before? Share with me in the comments below!

27 comments:

  1. That looks like a blast! I've never been apple picking but it looks fun and I LOVE your red boots! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I could definitely see how being from San Francisco and traveling to the Midwest would be a culture shock but not all the midwest is farms and tractors (although like 90% is!) I live in Chicago and it's definitely not 'midwest' like even though it's in the midwest! I love the midwest because you have big cities like Chicago but you get the nice and sweet midwestern personalities! I've only been to Michigan once but it was beautiful <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh definitely! I just had never expected farms and tractors to exist at all! I just expected a small handful of farms to exist miles and miles away from cities, but there were so many and they were everywhere! I even saw a couple of tractors pulled up at a couple of the restaurants we checked out! You definitely don't see tractors in San Francisco! ;)

      Delete
  3. Beautiful pictures, so many shiny red apples. Love the look of the pumpkin patch too.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love apple picking! There are a few orchards near our house (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) and we go fruit picking every season. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, different varieties of peaches, a couple varieties of apples..we end up with a lot of fruit every year. I'm glad you had fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've never been apple picking but I want to! And I have been dying to go to a pumpkin patch this year, but without a car it's hard :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ya, neither do I! We're always relying on renting a car or grabbing a zip car!

      Delete
  6. I lived in the Midwest almost my whole life and I can't imagine a fall season without each and every one of these things! So glad you finally got to experience them!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. When I lived in Michigan, we always used to pick our own fruits and vegetables at a nearby farm. It was the BEST experience of my childhood. I still remember wandering along the pumpkins and just thinking, "Wow, nature is amazing!" :)

    Gorgeous apples, by the way, AND gorgeous photos! <3

    ReplyDelete
  8. I picked apples when I lived in Washington state but that is 25 years ago and I keep thinking my hubby who is French and has never picked anything in the US would gt a big kick out of doing it!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I agree with you that you would want to pass up on the scary clowns. That's a big nope for me! I live for pumpkin patches but never been to an apple farm! PS - your outfit is fall-fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I had never really been to either! I was so nerdy excited! And I definitely avoided the scary clowns! ;)

      Delete
  10. I am also terrified of clowns!!! The rest looks beautiful! And again, love that outfit! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love going to pumpkin patches, I've never been apple picking before though. I'd like to go someday.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ah and this is why I want to move back to the midwest! I miss fall and all the seasons :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seriously! Living in Cali, you can totally miss out on changing leaves and gorgeous colors and crisp weather!

      Delete
  13. Gosh. Everyone I know in the north east is apple picking right now and I am so jealous. You look like you are having a blast!

    xoxo
    Candace
    www.FromCtoC.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love the fall and all the visits to the pumpkin farms! Looks like a great day for you!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow! Looks like you had a blast, I don't know if having an apple tree in the back yard and picking them when ripe could be considered Apple picking (if it is then I have lol). When I was in zambia we used to gawk pumpkins so I am used to that even tractors and goats but not llamas

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a fun day! I have been wanting to go apple picking. We don't have them here in Florida, but hopefully soon I'll get to travel somewhere and go.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ah so cool! I love going to apple orchards!

    ReplyDelete
  18. So much fun! I'm actually going to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard in Michigan today too!

    ReplyDelete
  19. ohmigosh. you're the cutest! this is the perfect apple picking outfit!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love michigan, it's so pretty there and these pictures are great! I've always wanted to visit an orchard!

    ReplyDelete
  21. This looks like so much fun! We just went picking last weekend too.

    ReplyDelete
  22. What a cute outfit! I've been wanting to go apple picking for awhile and I think I now have the perfect thing to wear when I do ;)

    ReplyDelete
  23. I have never been apple picking as well! This looks like an AWESOME way to spend a day. Great pics.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingidva.com

    ReplyDelete

 photo envye.jpg
envye blogger theme