in search of orange

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We took HWY 35 to go around Mt. Hood, on our way to Hood River last weekend.  And because we were looking for autumn, we also wanted to taste it too.  Oh… all the orchards!  I love this drive. A long time ago, when Siena was 2 and 3, we got to live in Mt. Hood during the summer.  We drove this route twice a week, for 8 weeks, two summers in a row.  It was a real treat.  I think it is my favorite drive.  Coming from Mt. Hood, from Cooper Spur, towards Parkdale and Hood River.  Just amazing views of the mountains in Washington.  Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier on a clear day and Mt. Hood behind us.  All the trees, fruits, farms, homes.

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So this time, in search for pumpkins, we went to three different farms.  Because you can never have enough of farms, right? The flowers, the apples, pears, dirt. DSC_0111 copy DSC_0112 copy DSC_0113 copy DSC_0114 copy DSC_0115 copy DSC_0125 copy Our first stop Mt. View Orchards.

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Look at the apples…. but please also do look at the rain!  It felt so good.

DSC_0124 copyDSC_0119 copy DSC_0121 copy DSC_0122 copy And yes! All the apples.  We got to taste them all before buying.

DSC_0126 copy DSC_0133 copy DSC_0132 copy DSC_0129 copy DSC_0131 copySunflowers so big!

DSC_0130 copy DSC_0142 copyWe bought one to plant the seeds at home next year.

DSC_0135 copy DSC_0134 copy DSC_0127 copy DSC_0128 copy DSC_0138 copy DSC_0137 copy DSC_0145 copy The red. So intense and bright in such a cloudy, gray day.

DSC_0146 copy DSC_0147 copy DSC_0141 copy DSC_0140 copy DSC_0149 copy DSC_0151 copy We loaded our car with 7 kinds of apples a few pears.

DSC_0152 copyAnd apple cider, that we couldn’t wait to taste it.

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Then onto our next farm, Rasmussen Farms, in search for orange.  Pumpkins.  But if I would have read their website it says they are retiring from farming, and the farm is listed for sale.  We found that out when we arrived at the farm.  That was the pumpkin patch we went to last year, when we went to Hood River last fall.

So, from our drive to go find the farm, we drove one more time by this gorgeous home!  I remembered it from years ago when we had stopped first, and then again last fall.  And now, a picture was a must.  I love this home.  DSC_0158 copy

Including the dog in the from lawn.  DSC_0161 copy

So, from here we went to Drapers Girls Country Farm. (No pictures taken, nor pumpkins found.)  Then to our last stop.  Packer Orchards and Bakery (Hood River County Fruit Loop #10 if you are looking at that map or following that tour.)

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We founds lots of apples, at 89 cents a pound, but we were filled from our first stop that were lucky to get at 75 cents a pound!

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But look at this spread… spreads! Two tables put together filled with all different kinds of jams and jellies. Oh my!

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Every kind was different.  From peach, apple, strawberries, huckleberries… so many kinds! I think 10 feet of spreads. DSC_0169 copy DSC_0171 copy DSC_0182 copy

And then some other yummy foods.

DSC_0180 copy DSC_0173 copy And check out this Huckleberry Pie Filling… haven’t tried that yet!

DSC_0190 copy But Huckleberry Jalapeño… I think I’ll have to make that next year.  It was so good.

DSC_0191 copy DSC_0192 copy Yes, we spent lots of time in this display.

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And because we wanted to have a better life, we followed their suggestion. DSC_0195 copy Not a cookie, but a pumpkin cinnamon roll.  Wow.. it was good.  But next time I think I’ll take it warm and with a cup of chai.

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I think this is the first time the kids have had a caramel apple. This was the place to do it, for sure!

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And well?  Our search for pumpkins ended here.   They had pumpkins bought from another farm, placed them on the side of their building.  Not a real pumpkin patch as we had hoped.  So we got some other kinds of orange, still beautiful and fun gourds and a car filled with apples.  We found autumn and brought some home with us.

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