Last Thursday we enjoyed a field trip "up north" to get fresh apples. Karen came with us and brought her mom and grandma, too. Although we were too late for U-pick for the varieties we wanted, we were able to buy fresh apples and fresh apple cider at Penland's Apple House, and then we headed across the street to Panorama Orchard's barn, where we got to wander around and check out all of their apple- and other harvest-related products, watch their bakery in action, and look through the viewing window into the packing room, where the apples are gathered, washed, packed, etc.
It was a lovely fall day, and we enjoyed the time together as well as the lovely scenery. After that were piano lessons, groceries, and then we arrived home where my parents -- and a week of fall vacation -- were waiting for us!