Family, Friends and Apples: A Day in the Life Sunday

A few weeks ago I wrote about my ideal day. Yesterday, although it didn't involve a a spa or a new look, was what I would call a close-to-ideal day. It was our duly-declared fall tradition of visiting the orchards in town.

Growing up, either I didn't have (or didn't visit) apple orchards in my hometown. Now it has come to be the one thing we look forward to each year as summer moves on and fall fills the air.

My inner noise was quiet surrounded by pumpkins, horses and the sounds of Paul Imholte stringing in the background at Collegeville Orchards. It stayed quiet as we moved on to the apple (and a few pear) trees at Hidden Cove Orchards, my favorite orchard in town with. We walked among the trees, enjoyed the landscape and left with homemade apple pies, blueberry pies, apple bars and Honey Crisps to die for. On our way to the corn maze the kid and I get lost in every year, we stopped by St. John's Arbotetum and took the 1.5 mile tour on the boardwalk loop.

Surrounded by family, friends and a ton of sunshine, the day was great.

Today, after I get out and run (because I have weight to lose), we're heading to the Millstream Arts Festival before we take the boat out for what may be our last time on the Mississippi this season.

How about you, what have you been up to this weekend?