Tuesday, September 20, 2011

a is for apple, crunchy and tart

I ask you, is there anything more fun than chaperoning the annual fall field trip to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard with elementary school kids? We learned, we picked, we tasted, we smelled, we rode on a wagon, we listened to a story, we sang, we petted goats, we got muddy and by golly, this year each chaperone was given a caramel-coated apple as a "thank you" for helping out.

As if I needed any further incentive.

Mr. G still wanted to sit next to me on the bus and hold my hand while we walked by the trees.

I even learned something new--I do every time, but this time I learned that you can grow peach trees in Wisconsin. The orchard got 2 from Canada (the other thing I learned: Canada has peach trees!) and harvested 24 peaches this year. Amazing. I had no idea.

I do despise fall, but there's something about an apple orchard that takes the despair out of it for me.

Spill it, reader. Your favorite school field trip--as either student or parent chaperone.

19 comments:

  1. I had an absolute blast chaperoning 6th graders on a day trip to Washington DC this past spring.

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  2. My favorite trips have been chaperoning my son's jr hi CJSF field trips...bright well-behaved kids and interesting places like Hearst Castle, Steinbeck Center, Queen Mary.

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  3. I love the apple orchards!!! (what a bonus to get a caramel apple too!) Our local orchard does apple cider donuts...Dear Lord....I've been a month without sugar...I won't even get into how good those stupid donuts (in my head) taste right now!!!

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  4. Why do you hate fall? (I do too!) just wondering if our hates coincide .. ..Julie

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  5. I think it's funny that two of you despise fall---I never heard anyone say that before. I LOVE fall but I don't like summer too much 'cause I hate to be hot. I don't say that out loud too often because most people think it's pretty strange to dislike summer. (Actually, I like the first 2 weeks of summer, then I'm over it)

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  6. I love orchards, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, the whole lot. As a kid, I loved the annual city-wide, all-schools field trips to the ballet, science museum and county history museums. Besides the fun activities, those were prime boys-from-other-schools hunting ops.

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  7. yes, more please on why you hate fall. I don't know if I've ever heard anyone else say that before.

    As far as fav field trips go, I always loved the Milwaukee Co Museum as a child. The Streets of Old Milwaukee was fantastic. My kids love it still today!

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  8. My field trips are long over but the pumpkin patch/hay ride were my favorites.

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  9. I loved going to Heritage Hill in 4th grade. That one was the best...when I worked at the daycare with the school age kids it was fun taking them to that now-closed small waterpark in Plover.

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  10. Really, you hate fall. It is my most favorite season. I am so sad that is such a short season! I leave for overnight camp with 82 5th graders tomorrow. We'll see if it is my favorite.

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  11. Camp. 3 days, 2 nights, take the kids away from school and out into the woods. We see a side of most kids that they never show within school walls.

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  12. Well, I'm with the rest of your readers. What's to hate about fall? It's glorious! :-)

    My idea of hell is chaperoning elementary age students on any field trip. And I have an elementary age student.

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  13. The most fun I had chaperoning a field trip was to the NEW Zoo. I might consider taking off work to chaperone when the 4th graders go to Madison this coming spring. That sounds like a fun one.

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  14. I have a great time on a lot of field trips--the most interesting one by far was this one:

    Second grade, the zoo. Partnered with a woman who could generously be described as a nodding acquaintance. She had discovered her husband was having an affair the night before and was going to confront him and kick him out that night. We talked a lot.

    14 years later I think of this when ever I run into her (we're still really only acquaintances) and am so happy when she looks happy.

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  15. Olive picking. When we lived in Sicily, we had a field trip to a local olive grove to go Olive picking. Which is quite a lot of fun! But, even better, they fed us lunch. Pasta and Sauce (Homemade, of course) with antipasti of artichokes (they grow them) and olives. PLUS wine for the grownups. PLUS a small jar of their olive oil to take home. The best field trip EVER.

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  16. I don't think I've ever had much fun chaperoning a school field trip.

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  17. My favorite trip by far was my 9th grade choir trip to Washington DC (I was living in the US at the time.)

    Lola's class is going on a field trip to an apple orchard next week. Perhaps I can volunteer?

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  18. When my kids were in school we took the 4th grade to see The Boston Ballet Nutcracker every Christmas. It was at the Wang Center (huge theater in Boston) and the kids got all dressed up.

    Every May we took the 5th graders on a whale watch. I felt bad for the poor kids who got seasick but we always saw at least a dozen whales.

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  19. Awww. That sounds like a great day! It's so cute that Mr. G still wanted to hang with Mom.

    I don't remember any school trips. Is that lame?

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Spill it, reader.