What do you get when you combine a perfect fall day with a perfect fall venue? A perfect field trip to Linvilla Orchards! Many thanks to all the parents and other caregivers who joined us for a fun-filled day. The children were filled with awe and excitement as Steve, Andrea’s husband, drove us in the hay wagon all over their amazing farm. We saw peach trees, apricot trees, apple trees, strawberries, tomatoes and many other plants too numerous to mention. We saw ponds and swimming pools, crows and chickens, farm equipment and bulldozers, and the world’s largest rag doll/scarecrow. Our first stop was for apple picking. Andrea gave everyone bags and we got to fill them up with apples we picked ourselves right off the trees. Steve told us about how and why farmers make the fruit trees grow out instead of up. Our second stop was in a pumpkin patch that had already been harvested. We got to hunt for treasures missed in the first harvesting. We found large and small pumpkins, orange and white pumpkins, several varieties of gourds and even a cucumber. When the hayride ended, we went to the playground. The children were almost too busy climbing, running, sliding and pretending to be pirates to stop to enjoy our snack of apple cider and pretzels. When everyone (meaning the grownups) was worn out from the playground, we moved to the picnic tables to enjoy a nice lunch together. After lunch Andrea gave each child a goodie bag and treated them to a farewell ride on the Linvilla train. The Butterflies would like to give the world’s biggest thank you to Andrea and Steve for being such wonderful hosts!