We are actually getting a fall here in Madison. Real time, crisp smelling, foliage changing, serious fall. And it is amazing.
In order to take advantage of this weather, the man friend managed to convince me to go camping. There’s a first time for everything. After test driving a few different bags at REI, I packed up the Flash sleeping bag in the back of the car with the rest of the camping equipment (plenty of equipment) and headed west with my outdoorsy wildman.
We got in later than planned and started setting up the camp. Putting together the tent wasn’t that hard, and the headlamp was a very fashionable addition to my already flannel ridden outfit. When in the woods, right?
Some burgers and s’mores later, we loaded ourselves into the tent (on the 18in thick blow up mattress) and stared at the stars. Let me tell you, little Flash kepts me the warmest. And there was nothing better than waking up in the morning able to see the perfectly blue sky. Yes, I think i just wrote that.
After camping we went on what I thought was a leisurely hike, but ended up being 1400ft of stairs, created out of fallen rocks on the side of the mountain. We climbed past Balanced Rock and Devils Doorway, and the views were amazing.
We got back to Madison, just in time to avoid a torrential downpour. The next morning, we went apple picking early. I hadn’t been apple picking in a really long time, and similar to first tracks, first picking of the day with dew on your topsiders, is pretty awesome. We picked a host of varieties, Empires, Senchu, Jonafree, Greenings, and more. I used the Empires to make a delish Apple Pie and made 6 pints of Apple Sauce, all while watching part 2 of Season 5 of Breaking Bad. Felina was the cap to the day!
Just the best fall weekend possible.
All the apples you want
Enough Apple Cider to cover 1 – 1.5 in
Cinnamon to taste
Core and Peel all apples and bring to a boil with the cider in a covered Dutch oven. Once the Apples are tender, run through a food mill with medium grate. Put back over the heat. Prepare enough jars for the Appleauce, and add applesauce to jars with 1tsp of lemon juice on the top of each jar. Cover with lids and rings. Process the jars in the boiling water for 15 minutes.
From Garden and Gun – so good!