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Apple Orchard Trip 2015

One of my favorite fall traditions is going to an apple orchard. There’s one I loved going to as a child (Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear for you locals) but as an adult I discovered Aamodt’s Apple Orchard in Stillwater, MN and Nate and I have enjoyed going there now for a few years as well and it’s a great place to bring Ollie – you can pick your own apples, there are tons of kids activities and they have  winery for mom and dad.  You kind of can’t beat that!  On Saturday the weather was sunny and perfect after several rainy, yuck days, so we decided that it would be a great day to go out there and let Ollie burn off some pent up energy! Picture heavy post to follow!

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He didn’t like the idea of standing still against this sign so we could measure how tall he is.  Maybe next year he’ll cooperate! (Can you believe he’s nearly at the 3′ mark?  What??)

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He loved picking the apples!  The trees are nice and low to the ground and he had no problem stepping up and getting right into them.  We told him it was like picking tomatoes and he got the hang of it right away.  He also loved putting the apples in the bag.
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We decided to give the apple train a try this year.  He said he wanted to ride the train, but once he and I got on he seemed a little concerned we were leaving daddy behind.  I think next year he’ll be all over this though!

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The goats are hilarious.  These two were super social, though I’m guessing they wanted all the kettle corn people were walking around with.  I don’t doubt they have some shared with them, the only sign near their pen just says “Please don’t throw apples at goats.”

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I had to get the next picture of course, Ollie almost understood the concept!  He really just wanted to play peek a boo with daddy though!

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After we had our fill of picking apples and wandering around we sat down with some wine for mom and dad, a hot dog for Ollie and an apple brat for Nate and I as well and we all shared some delicious fruit salsa and kettle corn.  It was definitely busy – if you go, I suggest trying to get their right when they open, we managed to get some rockstar parking that way, by the time we left they were parking people easily two to four blocks away.  It’s a great place to spend a nice fall day, I’m already looking forward to next year and seeing Ollie grow into having even more fun with the kids activities!

What’s your favorite fall activity?

7 thoughts on “Apple Orchard Trip 2015

  1. We haven’t been to an apple orchard to pick apples yet. I love bonfires and just hanging outside in the fall weather. We love going to the corn maze though too!

  2. I have always wanted to go to an apple orchard but have never gone. This one looks like a fun one! There is a similar arm here in my town (or near my town) and it even has a bunch of old cars painted to look like the cars from Cars out front! It is crazy how quickly kids grow isn’t it? My oldest three are already either taller than me or almost my size! Not that that’s hard . . .

  3. This looks like so much fun and clearly Ollie had a blast! I’d love to take Jona to something like this–I’ll have to do some research to see what’s nearby. There’s a pumpkin patch and cider mill nearby that we like to go to, I’m looking forward to taking Jona again this year!

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