The autumn air was crisper than a freshly dry-cleaned pleated skirt. The clear blue sky formed the perfect background for the orange, red, brown, and green leaves clinging on to the trees in the distance. Three cars, twelve people, and two hours later, we made it up the Hudson Valley to Dubois Farm to begin my birthday festivities. Tyler’s orange bandanna served as the guide as the other cars followed us. Upon arriving, we met up with a couple of more friends who drove up for the activities. I was surrounded by thirteen amazing, old and new friends, and we formed an epic apple picking team.
To begin our adventure, we all went to barn to get some apple picker poles since we wouldn’t be able to get the apples from the tree without them. Cary, Anna’s boyfriend, tried shaking a tree, and a shower of apples came streaming down with one hitting him on the head. So, we know that it was definitely safer to obtain at least 5 picker poles for the group. We had to deposit a refundable $20 bill for each pole to ensure that we returned them before leaving.
Meghan, the most petite girl of the group, had to get on Cary’s shoulders to reach the best apples we can spot. A one point, after eating so many apples right off the trees, a couple of people from the group invented a game that was virtually impossible. The men planted the poles in the ground, and the object of the game was to stand about 15 feet away and throw the apples into the poles, which had a small basket/hook attached to them. After trying restlessly for fifteen minutes, I gave up because I was nowhere near close into making an apple into the small basket.
Our next activity was the corn-maze, which I’m guessing was created for very small children because we made it out in about five minutes. Tyler tried to trick everyone by sending me a text that he was lost in hopes that everyone would go back to look for him, but I never received the text because I was too busy chatting up a storm. Eventually, he made it back disappointed that no one went to look for him as he stood outside, chuckling at everyone. Serves him right!
Jessica entered a donut eating contest. Not that she thought she had any chance of winning; she just wanted a delicious apple cider donut for free. Smart girl! Had I had known, I would’ve entered the contest with her. Right after the contest, we had a hula-hoop off, and it was amazing. Hula hoops just seem to follow me wherever I go. It’s not that I’m obsessed or anything.
By the way, it turns out when I’m in a thirst for adventures, my time-keeping skills are never accurate. For example, if I tell you an apple picking farm I want to go to as part of my birthday weekend activities is just an hour outside of the city, chances are it’s way farther than that. It’s not that I’m lying, really, it’s not. I think it’s just that I have such a great time, I never really realize how far things really are. Of course, it’s not always a good idea because if I invite more than a dozen people, and some of those people are driving from out-of-town to drive pickup others, they will realize quickly that my time-keeping is not the best.
Special thanks to Meghan and Anna for driving all the way from Jersey to drive us not-so-punctual New Yorkers. And to all my wonderful friends who woke up early to do a wholesome family style event with me, I love you! Stay tuned for two more birthday posts! haha