Each fall we try to make it out to the fruit loop to go apple picking. There are lots of orchards closer, but nothing beats the beauty out there on the fruit loop. A few years ago, I was researching orchards out there and discovered Mountain View Orchards. We’ve been almost every year, and we love it there.
This year, we invited my cousin and his family to come along with us since they’ve never had the opportunity to go apple picking before. We headed out to the orchard on Sunday after church.
Both Elias and Simon had a lot of fun. Here is Simon, proudly strutting down the orchard rows with his aunties.
You can see Simon up above with a Granny Smith. There are going to be some tasty apple pies in our future. The weather was beautiful and warm, but since it has been so dry it was very dusty. The boys, of course, reveled in that fact and got as dirty as possible.
One of the great things about Mountain View Orchards is that they have a hayride. Every other year we’ve gone we went on a Saturday. This time on a Sunday, the hayride wasn’t running. I asked anyway, though, and they were nice enough to fire up the tractor for us! The hayride stops at a barn at the back of the orchard, and we got a chance to feed Carlos, their longhorn steer. We also got to see a big pig, two alpacas, and some chickens. Simon kept saying “Sheep! Sheep! Baa” and pointing to the alpacas. Hey… he was pretty close since he has only seen them in books before this!