With 25,000 apple trees, BelleWood Acres is the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon with a good friend (and my Nikon). Andy introduced me to owners, John and Dorie, who planted the first trees back in 1996. Today, in addition to their primary commodity, visitors can find a pumpkin patch, a gift shop, and some amazing baked goods and apple cider. Andy bought an apple pie, which we drooled over and devoured later.
The majority of our time was spent walking through the rows of the orchard, snapping pictures. I had an unfortunate encounter with a rather large spider that had cleverly strung a web with the consistency of small guitar string across my path. As I stood strumming the odd web, he jumped on my leg. Spiders are my only known phobia, and the sight of it on my leg threw me into a panic. In the half second it took me to realize he was on me, I’d swatted him off. This was immediately followed by blood curdling screams and a mad dash back to wherever Andy had disappeared so he could inspect ever inch of my clothing. I was safe, but I insisted Andy walk in front of me the rest of the trip. He’s such a good friend!
Spider incident aside, it was a fun trip, and I’ll definitely return to BelleWood. Enjoy the photos!