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Apples, Pumpkins and Ice Cream (Oh My!)

One of my absolute favorite parts about fall are the apples. Take the Honeycrisp apple. My friends who work at a farmers market introduced me to Honeycrisps freshman year…and I have never looked back. It’s like autumn incarnate- in an apple. Picture, if you will, walking across campus on a crisp fall day, bright blue skies above and a gentle breeze rustling the leaves that are changing color- and occasionally dropping in front of you before you crunch them underfoot. Now add munching on a Honeycrisp. Fall suddenly becomes perfect.

All this to say that I love apple season, and I love being able to pick my own fruit even more! About 10 minutes away from campus is a farm called Baugher’s, where Outdoors Club often goes every year to pick pumpkins and apples. This fall was no different! We piled up in a car and headed over to the combo giant farm/orchard that is Baugher’s- don’t worry you can’t miss their giant “BAUGHER’S” sign. After being directed by numerous men in orange to park our stick shift on a hill that we would later struggle to get out of, we found our way through stacks of crates to the line to get tickets. Baugher’s system is pretty simple- you can just go to their market and buy stuff, or you can pay $1 to go pick your own apples and pumpkins ($2 to do both). We opted for just apples this year- even as we passed a large group of other McDaniel students all getting in the pumpkin picking line.

Fruit Crates at Baugher’s

I’m not going to lie- it’s really fun. We got driven out to the apple orchard by a tractor and were set loose after learning how much different sized bags of apples cost. Rows and rows of apple trees greeted us, their branches loaded with apples of all types: Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Stayman, Mutsu, Ida Red, Golden Delicious and more. At this point a delicious plan of making an apple pie formed in my head, and I decided to pick the tart crisp ones. We got to meander at will, munching on different apples and climbing under the trees into a literal apple forest, with plump, ripe apples hanging from everywhere.

Apple-picking at Baugher’s
Outdoors Club going apple picking

Outdoors Club reunited, thrilled by our excellent apple choices, and took the trailer back to the market to weigh and buy our purchases. After that – market time!! It’s pretty impossible not to go inside their huge, open barn and not come out wanting anything. They have homemade ice cream (the strawberry is amazing), freshly-made fudge, pastries, bread, jams and loads more. Plus, there are a bunch of kids’ activities and real food just outside the market. Including a giant blown-up pumpkin moon bounce. Who doesn’t want to go on one of those?

It’s always a fun trip to make, and Baugher’s even has a store and market closer to McDaniel- within a 15 minute walk from campus! An excellent stop for all your fruit and veggie needs that is cheaper, and better than the grocery stores in the area.

Need a fun trip for your weekend? Try Baugher’s. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to make some apple pie.

Outdoors Club with our bags full of apples!
Pumpkins at Baugher’s

Labor Day Weekend

I guess you could say I had the best of both worlds this Labor Day weekend; I spent Friday evening and Saturday on campus while returning home for Sunday and Monday.

After class wrapped up on Friday afternoon, I went to hang out with my friends in Forlines house, where my one of my friends graciously let me paint my nails with a bottle of polish from her very extensive nail polish collection. Soon after, I went to the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship cookout on the quad between DMC and ANW, another residence hall. The cookout was open to all students and I had a great time catching up with people I know.

If you’re interested in religious life on campus, InterVarsity may be for you. IV is a campus ministry found on over 550 campuses nationwide. McDaniel InterVarsity meets once a week for worship in Little Baker Chapel and holds student-led bible studies throughout the semester. They also host campus-wide events (like the cookout) and go on retreats. I’m not a member of IV, but I really admire what a tight-knit and fun group they are.

After going to the cookout, I returned to my dorm to rest up before the outdoor screening of The Avengers, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement. The first movie of the year is always screened outdoors (weather permitting), and it’s a lot of fun to grab some blankets and towels and sit out in Red Square with old and new. And did I mention there’s free pizza?

Saturday for me was mostly a homework day, though one of my suitemates went whitewater river tubing with the Outdoor Club. (I’m a little jealous, but I needed to get things done!) I still had some fun though, because in the evening, some of my friends and I drove to the nearby IHOP. IHOP is one of my favorite places off campus to eat and socialize, and it’s easily within walking distance, making it very accessible.

I spent the rest of the weekend at home because my poor little fan was no match for this weekend’s heat! I hadn’t planned on going home this weekend, but I was glad to get to see my puppy, Lily, who my family got last month. It’s tough to be away from pets at college, but there are dogs to be found on campus. For example, Canine Companions for Independence, more commonly known as Puppy Club is in the process of training a service dog, a black lab named Hudson, who can be seen at various campus and Puppy Club-sponsored events.

I’d have to say that my Labor Day went pretty quickly, and fortunately, so did my day. This evening, I’m off to the first Free Press meeting of the semester, and if I’m up for it, I’ll go see comedian Adam Ace in the Forum afterwards. This week is going to get busier as it progresses, so I’m glad it’s a short one!