Sunday, September 6, 2015

The 4 hour trip

Mr H suggested we take a ride Out Wickenburg Way to go apple picking. Now, apple picking in New England is what we were used to, but Arizona! We got the directions. Head to Wickenburg on SR 60, then 22 miles onto SR 93 North. It is about 40 miles to Wickenburg so that put us going around 62 miles. I enjoy the ride in that direction. Mountains and nice scenery and the day was not too hot with some magnificent cloud formations. Well we almost missed the turn onto the property (the sign is faded and off the road side). The first thing you read as you enter is that the road is not maintained, travel at your own risk. Okay..... then you get the idea. Dirt road that is just about a 2 car width with drainage slops on the side and rock strewn along the path. Dirt flying as cars made their way past us and plenty of dirt kicking up behind us.  A sign says we need to drive 3 miles to the parking lot. So now we arrive at a parking lot and find a place to park.

We park next to this old jeep....and some farm equipment. I am still wondering what we are doing here....why are people sitting at tables in all this dust. Then we come across this guy...
Not really very big but nevertheless I was glad he was behind
metal railings. Across the lot were females...they sell grass fed beef here. Off to the tree orchard....
Hardly any apples, most of the trees looked like this and plenty on the ground and many rotted. They were only the size of a large golf ball. Okay. I did mention to Mr H that I did not believe this would be a real apple orchard. Of course he had to continue walking to look for the apples. Finally he does see what I see...not a real orchard at all. This was the first day of the "picking" which started at 7am and we arrived at 1pm. Spoke to a few people who said it always is this way! So back to car we head and I am dreading the 3 mile obstacle course out of here. I hear crowing...

 They have a hen house and a few roosters. We also saw a couple of herding dogs in a penned area.
Somewhere they also have bee hives and sell the honey which I thought was very over priced. A sign said apple pies for sale but there were none to be found. I must say that the barns were wonderful...


 Wonderful old wood


lots of hay......... 
 I would love to have this door in my yard....
 So that is was our day yesterday. No apples but some nice pictures which are already framed and on display. I thought I was going to stitch yesterday, silly me. Plans today are to remain home...I know this was a long post and lots of pictures but I am glad you stopped by to listen to my tale. Thank you for the kind words and I hope you have great day.
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11 comments:

Vickie said...

Um, yeah. Not exactly the same as apple orchards I have experienced here in Wisconsin either. We had more apples than that on our one apple tree in our own yard!!!

Shelly said...

If it's the place I'm thinking, is it called Date Creek? If it is, looks like they've let the place go somewhat. Some years back, we went to pick apples there and it was great-trees heavy with apples, lots of trees, lots of apples. Maybe you had gone there late in the season? :) Well, it was an adventure, right? No better day to go on an adventure than on a Saturday! Have a nice stitchy day!

Heather S said...

Sometimes you just have to go and have a look as it might be just what you think it is not!! Great looking barns, very rustic.

sana said...

Wonderful barn.
The door is great!

Ele said...

Ooops! A pity about the apples but the photos are very nice.
Thank you for sharing your adventure!

butterfly said...

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

A day out is always nice, shame yours didn't live up to expectations.
Nice pics!

Patty C. said...

Enjoyed the photos!

Patty C. said...

Enjoyed the photos!

diamondc said...

Grace: What a nice day trip you had, I love apples and take my Mother to the orchard a couple of times in the fall.
Thank-you for sharing with us.

Blessings
catherine

diamondc said...

Grace: What a nice day trip you had, I love apples and take my Mother to the orchard a couple of times in the fall.
Thank-you for sharing with us.

Blessings
catherine