This afternoon, Christine, Michelle, "the other Catherine," (the sister of a coworker of Christine's,) and I drove out to the middle of nowhere, Minnesota (really only about an hour from the cities,) and played at an apple orchard/pumpkin patch/working farm. Our three criteria in searching for an orchard were:
1. pumpkins (for Christine)
2. apples (for Michelle)
3. goats (for me!)
We also had lots of fun doing other stuff . . .
These three little pigs are "the other Catherine," Michelle, and Christine!
They had oat groats available, (no, I am NOT feeding the goat popcorn,) for anyone who was interested in feeding the goats. I heart goats lots.
I also held a baby goat!
We took a tractor ride for $1 each, and our driver, Charlie, told us all about sorghum and the different kinds of corn they grew at the farm. Some of our fellow tractor riders were a bit nuts, but we had fun.
(Grown-up) children of the corn:
Very tired baby pigs:
My favorite breed of chicken, which I like to call "the hairy chickens"
This little kitty jumped up next to Michelle and I while we were having a snack and tried to sneak bites of Michelle's hot dog:
My meager purchases: a watermelon (which I did carry a little while, until we scored a wagon,) a pie pumpkin, an acorn squash, and a big bag o' red and white popcorn! (I also bought a caramel apple, which I consumed on site.)
I'm so thankful I have friends who enjoy embracing their "inner child" as much as I do! We had so much fun. And oh, do I love fall in Minnesota!