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Fall Foliage, Day 24 - LaFayette and Syracuse, NY

I was regretting not reserving a spot with electric when I woke up this morning - it was pretty chilly inside the RV (54º according to our little IKEA combo clock/timer/thermometer).

Nothing a few jumping jacks, some yoga flow, and foam rolling couldn’t fix! Once Christian was up, we made our tea to go, bundled up like the Texans we are, and hit the road to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard for some apple picking!

We drove past this place on the way to the park a couple days ago and Christian was intrigued by their signs for hard cider, but I wanted to do some research and find the best rated orchard we could go to. Turns out this place was actually the #1 readers’ choice for best orchard in the country according to USA Today.

#1#1

Also turns out that this weekend is the 43rd Annual Apple Festival for LaFayette! Which sounds exciting, but as we drove past I realized it basically looked like the St. Ann Carnival in size plus some barns for craft sales and baking contests.

FestivalFestival

At the orchard we hopped on the tractor first to ride out to pick some Empires.

Beak & SkiffBeak & Skiff

Tractor rideTractor ride

Six pounds later, we were back at the store area ready for some apple treats.

Apple Hill CampusApple Hill Campus

Warm cider, donut, frittersWarm cider, donut, fritters

Donut makingDonut making

Apple cider donutApple cider donut

Fresh fritters!Fresh fritters!

Then we went to sample their hard ciders and wine, picking up a few bottles before making a pass through the general store to see the cider press and a bee hive as well as getting some fresh-pressed cider to take home.

#grownup#grownup

We also grabbed a bite to eat from the cafe.

Christian's pulled pork tacos (with fresh apple)!Christian's pulled pork tacos (with fresh apple)!

My mac & cheeseMy mac & cheese

View from our lunch tableView from our lunch table

This was basically like the perfect embodiment of fall for me. Colorful leaves, sweaters, boots, fresh warm food on a cool day, and the most gorgeous views everywhere you turn.

The views on the way back to SyracuseThe views on the way back to Syracuse

Back in Syracuse I enjoyed a spa package at A Touch Above Wellness Spa while Christian did a little more work. It was a three-hour treat yo self” special for me :) starting with fruit and chocolate with a foot soak:

#imsofancy#imsofancy

Fruit and chocolate fondueFruit and chocolate fondue

Soaking my feetSoaking my feet

They did a great job pampering me - after a Swedish massage (during which I fell asleep a couple of times), I went down the hall for my facial. They even carried the basket with my clothes/shoes in it for me! After being cleansed, I went downstairs for a quick manicure. All in all, a very relaxing experience and I would highly recommend them.

Next up was more work time, this time at Roji Tea Lounge in downtown Syracuse.

Christian's matcha latteChristian's matcha latte

And his peanut noodlesAnd his peanut noodles

My raspberry chocolate latteMy raspberry chocolate latte

By this point I was running on fumes, so we ordered dinner to-go from Pacific (Thai and sushi).

Christian's curryChristian's curry

My bento boxMy bento box

Switching over to FRIENDS, our TV marathoning continued as Christian wrote me a handy script to flip all of my pictures with a single click and I did some sewing.

Also, my brilliant husband decided to try testing our furnace, even though we weren’t sure if it would need AC power (the RV plugged in) to run. It doesn’t! Which means that now it won’t be freezing overnight/in the morning - 68º instead of 52º sounds pretty good to me.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading out as we continue our circuit up through New England.


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