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!