Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's Fall, Let's Go Apple Picking!

Brisk weather, changing leaves, smells of bonfire. 

That's what comes to mind when I think of fall. There are so many wonderful things you can do only in the fall - jump in a pile of leaves, go apple picking, get lost in a corn maze, and carve a pumpkin, just to name a few.  While there aren't enough leaves on my front lawn, Sal and I were still able to schedule a day to go apple picking together. He researched the previous night for apple picking locations, and even found one that had a wine tasting shack as well. Unfortunately, shortly after we arrived, we noticed that the wine tastings only occurred on the weekends. We still grabbed bags to put our apples in when we picked them off the trees, and headed to the orchards. We began to notice how limited our choices in apples were though, as we searched the rows and rows of trees. We were only able to pick two types of apples, both of which weren't our favorites. One was definitely better than the other though, so we picked our apples. Sal and I had fun climbing the trees and hiding in them, despite what he may tell you. We may be getting older, but I swear sometimes I think we're still 17. 

We quickly left soon after, but not before trying one of their apple cider doughnuts. I'm usually not a huge fan of apple cider or doughnut, but my mom raved about this particular type, so I figured I'd give it a try. One bite and I knew I was not a fan, so out the window it went! Hey, I'm sure some animal was happy to eat it. 

We left after quickly finding a winery nearby, because we refused to leave the area without tasting some wine like we had intended to that morning. I found the Warwick winery was close enough to where we were, and as we rolled down the window, I began to breath easier, taking in the fall views, and the cool air. Something about being away from all the commotion of every day life, enables me to relax and unwind. I don't have to be on a luxurious vacation or a sandy beach, just give me wide open spaces and the country side. 

When we walked into the Warwick winery, I was not pleased... there were boxes every where, and it did not have a great appeal on the inside, which surprised me because the outside had such a great feel to it. There were picnic tables and an area where they held tastings outside and I loved the look of it. We still wanted to try the wine anyways, so we ordered two wine tastings and picked our wine. The lady behind the bar wasn't talkative, and didn't really tell us too much about the wine, which I'm always interested in hearing about - whether it's what the wine has hints of or what to pair it with when served. Then when the wine made it's way to our lips, we were extremely disappointed, but we finished our wine tasting anyways, and proceeded to head to lunch. Usually there is at least one wine that catches my attention, and makes me buy a bottle, but there were none, for either of us. 

We began to look for a restaurant on the many lakes we drove by, and after driving in a complete circle, compliments to Sal, we finally arrived. The restaurant had a beautiful view of the lake, and we were able to eat outside on the deck. The sun was shining, and I was able to bask in all of it's glory.  At that moment, I could not have been more content. When my salad was placed in front of me, I was in awe, it was such a great looking salad, that I just had to take a picture of it, which didn't surprise Sal, because I take a picture of most of my food anyways. Maybe that's why my computer crashed.. food picture overload anyone?? 

Despite enjoying the view and food for as long as we could, I was upset that I had to get back into the car and drive home. I always wish gorgeous, memorable days like that could last forever. I don't think anyone would mind really.

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