Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday was cool and rainy but it was also the day we had scheduled to drive to Carter Mountain Orchard. The apples and pumpkins didn't care about the weather so we didn't either!
Carter Mountain is near Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a family tradition to drive up early in October and stock up on apples and hot apple doughnuts (my primary reason for wanting to go!). Although traffic was heavy in the Charlottesville area due to a University of Virginia football game that day, we arrived early at the orchard and beat most of the crowd.
We first made our way to the pumpkin patch, and Chip and Ashley did a fine job of surveying all the options before making the perfect selection. We then had to explore the colorful gourds and all the varieties of apples before purchasing our dozen warm apple doughnuts. We enjoyed them at a picnic table while listening to a live bluegrass band. The adults in the group even sampled some of the orchard's signature wines.
Finally, we loaded our purchases into the car and started the trip down the mountain. All in all, it was a wonderful start to yet another Autumn!
Today I am thankful for my down comforter. It was nice to snuggle under it last night.