Last week, Mom and Bailie took a trip to an apple orchard. Since I got to go to Pahl’s Market, it was only fair Bailie got a trip too. Coincidentally, before leaving home, they found out Bailie could earn some new PupScout badges on their little excursion. The two of them headed out to Applewood Orchard.
Applewood Orchard is a family orchard started back in 1995. They have had it open to the public since 1995. It’s not too big, and it is dog friendly to on leash dogs which makes it a great spot to visit. The day was super windy, so Bailie’s furs are really out of order!
You may remember Bailie recently became a PupScout, and she earned two summer badges. Here at the orchard, she was able to earn three of the four available fall badges. Since she hasn’t ordered her badges yet, the photos are from the PupScout website. Aren’t the badges adorable?
Apple Picking at the Apple Orchard
To earn an Apple Picking Badge, Bailie needed a photo of herself at the orchard and she needed to write about the history of the orchard she visited.
The Applewood Orchard grows mainly Minnesota apples, and some of the varieties the University of Minnesota has developed such as the very popular Honey Crisp apples.
Sweetangos were also a big part of the orchard. Bailie isn’t a big fan of eating plain apples, but she does enjoy their flavor in treats and food.
Corn Maze at the Apple Orchard
Mom and Bailie finally found the corn maze which was way at the back end of the farm. You can see Bailie proudly brought along her PupScout bag and badge! To earn this badge, she needed a photo at the corn maze and she had to get the history of the corn maze.
When they got back home, Bailie did some online research to find out more about corn mazes. What she found out was quite interesting. It seems corn mazes come from Greek myths over 4000 years ago. In the Roman times, the mazes were used for rituals and processions. Over time they have evolved, but have always been considered artwork. Europe started using mazes as puzzles at castles to amuse royalty. Here in the USA, they are a form of recreation and are a way of generating income at fall events. Many mazes are made in really neat patterns which can be seen from the air in the form of words or pictures.
Hayride at the Apple Orchard
Bailie saved the best for last. She loves this badge and really wanted to get it. Luckily, the hayride wagon wasn’t too busy. For this badge, she needed a photo of herself on the hay wagon, and a bit of history on hayrides.
She loved the wind in her furs and was not shy about singing out loud on the wagon! Why are there hayrides? Hayrides started at the end of hay season over a century ago. At the end of the hay work, they tossed some hay into the back of a wagon and let horses pull them around. It was a social activity at the time. Bailie also learned it was to create romantic hook ups as well. Look out boys!
Pumpkins at the Apple Orchard
Of course, the trip to the apple orchard would not be complete without some pumpkins. They had some real gnarly ones which spurred Bailie to don her witches hat for the photo. She carried it around in her PupScout bag the whole time, just in case! Mom and Bailie had a super fun time and best of all, she earned the three badges!
well done Bailie… 3 fabulous badges for you!!! how great that you can order them now, badges are the dernier cri this fall :o)
There is one more I want to get, but I may run out of time.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Great job, Bailie! THREE badges on your adventure – WOW! I guess you did not go into the maze because you both would still be lost in it! 🙂 Happy Friday! XOXO, Sparkle
With my tracking nose, I would have no trouble, but Mom didn’t want to go in.
Ellen Shedlarz says
Proud of all your hard word land love the picture with all the pumpkins.
Thank you. It was a fun little trip.
What a fun day, and badge earning all at the same time.
It was absolutely perfect!
Genevieve Petrillo says
Well, I got a real education here today. Hay ride hookups!? Whoa! I did not see that coming. Congratulations on your new badges.
Love and licks,
I guess that is why they had the PupScouts do some research!
Jan K says
3 badges in one trip – way to go, Bailie (yes, those badges are so cute)! That looks like a really fun day. Our apple orchards around here don’t have all of those different activities, one does have hay rides but I don’t know if they are dog friendly or not.
MN isn’t real dog friendly, but there are quite a few dog friendly orchards and many of them have other fun activities.
Congratulations, Bailie!! What a fun way to spend time with your Mama AND earn badges!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
They had a great little adventure.
HAPPY HAZEL says
What a fun adventure filled with so much fun activities! Bailie looks like she was having a really great time too! 😀 And those badges she earned are so cool! 🙂 This is the best Fall blog post ever! 😀 HAPPY FALL to you guys! <3
Thank you. Mom and Bailie really had a nice time and saw lots of fun stuff…plus she gets the cute badges now!
M. K. Clinton says
Congratulations on your new badges! They are adorable ? That’s interesting about the corn mazes!
I think being a PupScout is paying of in knowledge already!
You are amazing Bailie and so are those wonderful photos!
Thank you. She did a pretty good job!
Great job !! That looks like so much fun!
Great place to sniff around and get some new experiences.
Dolly the Doxie says
My mom went on a few of those hayride hookups in high school hehehe. Did Bailie really ride the haywagon? The orchard sure is dog friendly, don’t think we have a place like that here. Love Dolly
Mom didn’t want to go for a hayride so she just sat in the wagon before everyone got on to leave for the ride. There are quite a few really dog friendly orchards around here.
That sounds like a great day! We loved going to a corn maze last year, but unfortunately they decided not to have a day where they allowed dogs this year. Congratulations to Bailie on all of the new badges 🙂
That is a bummer they changed their policy! I guess with all the nose work and tracking we do, my mom was fine with not going into the actual maze. She feels like most of her life is similar to a corn maze!
Tails Around the Ranch says
Nice job on getting those badges, Bailie! Looks like it was a beautiful day.
They had a lot of fun and the weather was perfect!
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
What a fun day, you always have cool adventures
Mom tried to get us out and about a lot.
Lynda Fisher says
Good job on the badges thing. Love your purple witches hat.
Thank you. It was a fun place to earn badges.
2 Brown Dawgs says
What a fun outing and the badges are great too.
They are super cute, aren’t they?