The Appleless Orchard

The Appleless Orchard

Picking apples is a great way to spend a brisk fall day. I was in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for the Thanksgiving weekend and going to an orchard was penciled in to the weekend plans.

Saturday morning came and we loaded into the car and drove off in search of an apple picking place. About an hour later we ended up at Mountain Orchards. They had almost everything. There were tractor rides, hot apple cider, and even a sausage stand. However, they were lacking in one department. Apples. Apparently, the weekend before the trees had been picked dry. What remained to us were large crates from which we could pick out apples. Not quite the same experience.


We decided to change our plan. We grabbed a few apples and stowed them in our pockets then headed off into the woods. Munching on apples and kicking up leaves in a technicolor forest proved to be more fun.


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