October is here which officially means it's time to do all the wonderful things I love to do when the weather cools off and the leaves change color - drive in the country, walk through the woods, drink apple cider, sit around a bonfire roasting marshmallows, and carve pumpkins. I can check off driving in the country and walking through the woods, need to go to the store and get some cider yet, might have to count lighting a candle in the apartment and microwaving a marshmallow for the bonfire one, but pumpkin carving is going to happen!
This past weekend was one of, if not the, most beautiful weekend I've seen since moving to DC. The temperature was 68-73, blue sunny skies, little wisps of clouds, and a slight breeze. I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt with a short sleeve one over it (my favorite fall look!) and was perfectly comfortable. Ahhhhhh....so nice to go outside and not start "glistening" immediately! I'm definitely NOT a sun worshipper! So to take advantage of the gorgeous weather, Sam and I decided to head to Butler's Orchard in Maryland, about 45 minutes from DC. It's a pretty orchard and they have a Fall festival every weekend in October - hayrides to pick pumpkins in their field, a corn maze, petting zoo, lots of little kid activities like face painting and craft tables, hay loft, giant slides, a pumpkin launching cannon, and great open-pit BBQ. We had a terrific time going up and down the slides and finding our way out of the corn maze! The hay loft on the other hand was a learning experience ~ I learned never to jump and play in hay unless you are wearing a full jumpsuit because hay down your pants is not a pleasant experience nor is trying to get it out of your pants in a crowd of people an easy thing to do!
It was a successful outing with 2 large, beautiful orange pumpkins to show for it. Now comes the carving next weekend!! Stay tuned!