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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cider, Donuts and a View

Rain was falling when the sun rose at Belle Ridge Retreat.  With that in mind, we didn't explore any more of their trails, but opted for showers. This off road vehicle parked next to us and the mud coating validated our decision.
Five hours later and a little over two-hundred miles to the east, we found ourselves looking at another ATV at Justus Orchards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The owner gave Beth a ride back to the crowded parking lot after she checked in through the Harvest Hosts program.
Following the ATV, we were soon away from the crowd in a pretty spot overlooking the Appalachian Mountains.
Walking back to the orchard store, we checked out the cider, apples and donuts.
Late in the season, these were the only kind of apple available for self-picking.

Waiting here, our friend Kay Arnold, picked us up and we all went into Hendersonville for dinner. The Mona Lisa Restaurant provided lots of good food and the leftovers fed us for a couple of meals afterwards. Thanks to Kay for driving out to the Orchard since, despite a Hendersonville address, is quite a ways out of town.
We appreciated how far out the orchard is as the sun set over the mountains.
Clouds reflected in the all-glass side of our little van.
Morning revealed some neighboring cows munching calmly nearby.
Bluebirds liked the field and several stopped on this rock just outside our window.
Off behind the cows, we noticed an old wooden structure that, with a zoom lens, showed itself to be an old wooden railroad caboose.
After morning coffee, we headed up to the orchard store where the donuts and cider were both hot. Beth even found space for half a bushel of Fuji apples.
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