Friday, October 21, 2005

MEA outing

The third weekend in October is always MEA weekend in Minnesota. The teachers have meetings and the kids get school off Thursday and Friday. A few times we've gone to Nauvoo these weekends, as do many Minnesota Mormons, but this time we decided to take a shorter outing. We went to an apple orchard south of the Cities, and then an undiscovered, quite deserted little park J's business partner told us about. We had such a lovely time! We listened to Prince Caspian on cd for the drive. Poor Marcus was not feeling well and had to have a nap.



The orchard was swarming with chidren brought in school buses, children whose parents both work, I assume. Luckily they were fairly contained in the scarecrow festival, an admissioned event we skipped. There was no charge to roam the orchard and pick apples, and that is what we did. Supposedly the orchard was "sold out," but we quickly filled a big plastic bad with excellent apples. We could have picked more and the kids wanted to stay longer.

I was struck by what simple pleasures children enjoy. My kids didn't need the scarecrow festival with its hayrides, ponies, games, blaring music, etc., although I'm sure they would have enjoyed it. They had a great time picking apples.

We ate lunch at DQ (fast food is so gross) because the orchard restraurant had a long wait. Then we went further southwest to a little county park surrounded by hills. Real hills! I pretended I was in Maine. Though we are past peak fall color here, there are still lots of maples with leaves and it was a pretty drive. We'll return next year.

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