Oct 23, 2011

Local Autumn Adventures

This time of year there is so much to go and do outside.  The weather is brisk and there are plenty of seasonal activities to keep you busy (and warm)!  Below are two family field trips we've gone on recently -  I encourage you to go and check out a few local spots with your family.  There are sure to be some great picture taking opportunities...

1) Apple Picking

Depending on which part of the country you live in, you may be able to find several orchards or farms to visit.  Many places hold special events this time of year and offer fun activities like taste-testings, wagon rides, and guided tours.  We visited the Kiyokawa Family Orchards at the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon's gorgeous Hood River Valley.  We were able to pick our own strawberries, apples, and pears.  There is a certain amount of pride involved when you pick your own fruit...it just tastes better and it inspires you to go home and bake!  We made a delicious apple crisp out of some of our hand-picked apples.

We're looking forward to when our tiny tot is bigger and can help us pick!

2) Pumpkin Patch Visit

Now this is a trip you can take no matter where you live!  I don't know why, but there is just something fun about going out and seeing a bunch of pumpkins laying around. :)  I think the fun is more in seeing kids react to it all.  You can see our baby girl was enjoying it.  When my family was in town, we visited the Roloff Family Farm (that's right the Little People, Big World family from TLC!) since it's just a few miles down the road from us.  We went on a wagon ride around the property, then took some great family pictures in the pumpkin patch.

Our baby girl loved running through the pumpkin field with her Go-Pa!

Too FUN!  And, you don't even have to buy any pumpkins...

Hope you get to go out and do something fun with your family before it gets too chilly outside.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it!  -Kristen


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