We’ve had several sets of plans to go apple picking this Fall, all of which have fallen through. Rodney had to travel on Sunday and left us with no plans and a full day to explore.
We decided to leave for a last-minute trip to Warwick, NY for some apple picking, worried that the season would slip by without a visit. And after spending 30 minutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main thoroughfare that links our lake house in northern New Jersey to the Southernmost part of the Hudson Valley, we pulled the ripcord and made other plans.
We’d passed by a small farm called L&L and rather than sitting in more traffic, we pulled over to see what they had to offer.
Although the apple orchard wasn’t open for picking, bushels of apples were available for purchase, and off in the distance I spotted a pumpkin patch. After our visit to Heaven Hill, we’d bought our fair share of pumpkins, but the kids were eager to find another, having drawn all over our existing pumpkins with a set of highly-guarded Sharpies. How they get a hold of these markers is a mystery; one of their magical talents seems to be finding Sharpies from hiding places that I’d previously thought undiscoverable.
We loaded up on fruit…
And bought a few decorated pumpkins…
…before heading out to the patch to see if we could find one big pumpkin to carve. The highlight of our visit was finding smashed and moldy pumpkins which led to a competition to see who could find the most decomposed specimen. Sam (male) clearly won.
Sam also found some Indian corn and all of the kids were fascinated by the fact that they’re just used as decoration.
But here’s what we could eat: apples, apples, apples. Lauren picked out a bushel of Granny Smith apples which I was initially less than enthusiastic to buy. Grocery store Granny Smith apples are usually pretty dismal – overly acidic and soft. But a fresh, just-picked, still cool to the touch Granny Smith? Kind of a revelation.
Given that we had the whole afternoon still ahead of us, I wanted to find another activity and was lucky that Waywayanda State Park in New Jersey was just across the street. I’ve been meaning to visit this park since we first heard about it last year, but finding the time has always been a challenge. So it was a huge treat to pull into the parking lot and find a space that can only be described as a little piece of Heaven.
There’s a playground for the kids…
And a stunning, practically empty beach.
The nice thing about an empty beach is that I get to relinquish my usual responsibility as the sand police.
Sandcastles were built…
Waters were explored. Lauren had luckily worn her rain boots and was thrilled to announce that she’d found hundreds of tadpoles swimming close to shore.
More sand was thrown…
And we took in the beauty of the season’s colors.
I asked the kids if it was a good day or an awesome day but sometimes actions speak louder than words…As for me? I had fun capturing the moment, because truly, days don’t get better than this…
I loved your photos so much that I showed them to my hubby. He’s seen your posts before, because I love sharing a good thing. 🙂 I’m so glad you guys had a fabulous outing even though you didn’t go where you had planned.
Love your capture of pictures this week. I too showed pictures of the beach and sand.
YOu always have the most dramatic photos always =) #ww
What lovely photos fun too with beautiful scenery
Have a beachtastic week 😉
I always love seeing your pictures! Beautiful, as always 🙂
Your pictures are so bright and clear – just lovely!
Can’t beat the countryside for fun and ‘upfeeling’!!! It is true that the fresh picked varieties of any product knocks the bejiggers out of store bought… Has your freezer room for all the pumpkin pies and apple cobblers that may need to get made? ! YAM xx
How fun!! I love that the weather is looking cool and crisp!
So fun! We’re going to a pumpkin patch this week, can’t wait!
Another great series, thanks for sharing and happy WW!
You always have the coolest trips. Very nice.
I always look forward to your WW posts. Looks like the kids (and Mum) had a great time. Thanks so much for sharing.
As always, just lovely! Teresa from NanaHood
Gorgeous photos. I’m back to blogging this week at Agent Mystery Case. Worth Casing Wednesday is now open. Pop over and link up if you get the chance.
Beautiful captures and story to go along with it. I love your photos and can tell you had a wonderful day.
Your family has such awesome adventures! The apples look delicious.
Looks like a wonderful day! Love that your daughter went in the water with her boots. She was prepared and got to see some tadpoles too!
Sandcastles and beaches in October! Awesome.
I love apple-picking. But I think we’ve had our last year as my son has outgrown the novelty of picking things off of trees and refuses to eat fruit. *sigh* 🙂
I love your fall photos. Cute kids.
Such great photos – looks like a perfect fall day!
What fun! Great shots! Love pumpkin picking! Happy WW!
Gorgeous photos, as always. And I agree, your travels look so much fun!
What a fun day! That park is so gorgeous! I’m going to have to look it up. 🙂
I always love stopping by your blog! What gorgeous photos!!! Looks like you had a GREAT day! 🙂
The beach pictures are gorgeous! I love them!
What an amazingly fun fall day!
Who knew that Jersey could be so pretty. Looks like a great day too!
What a beautiful day! From your pics, it looks like getting off the traffic line was the best thing you could’ve done that day. We’ve yet to go to any pumpkin patches or fall festivals, but the kids can’t wait until we do!
Also, love that lake! That’s pretty cool you could just drive up to it fairly easily. Also, it looks so pristine and peaceful. The lakes here in SoCal are not nearly as clear!
What a beautiful place! Sometimes it’s the spur of the moment plans that turn out the most special.
That apple looks amazing, BTW.
Tis the season for the pumpkin patch. I love going there. We haven’t gone just yet. Your photos are making me want to go.
Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing. I would love to be able to take my kids to a pumpkin patch but we do not have any near here. It looks like a great adventure for kids.
those photos are amazing! great shots!
Your kids are so lucky to have such an adventurous mom! 🙂 Love your outings….
Those photos are just gorgeous! What a wonderful day and the kids look like they had a blast! visiting from Mrs. Tees Wordless Wednesday 🙂
What a beautiful day! You’ve captured some goregous moments. People tend to forget about the farmland/nature of the New York/New Jersey area.
I spent most of my childhood in the Syracuse, NY area, and this time of year always makes me homesick.
so much gorgeous – I don’t know where to begin. The grass one and the sand ones are just pure perfection. A lovely day indeed.
Your pictures make me want to go there too!
Found this after I added you to my gmail contacts for the evite. Loved your story as much as the amazing photos. Can’t wait to read more. Love where we live!
Awesome! Glad you found it 🙂 I have lots more posts from our area….
and your little lady is in this one–I usually ask for permission to post an image but since you couldn’t see her face I didn’t end up sending you an email…