Day 344, Year 8: Fall Celebration
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Weather: Most Overcast with Some Sunshine Late Afternoon
Location: Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Today was dedicated to celebrating fall with a little necessary shopping thrown in for good measure. We didn’t do exactly what we had planned, as we found out that the apple orchard in Wrentham is closed for picking. The point of going to Wrentham to celebrate fall by picking apples was so that Heather could go shopping at the outlet mall there and then join everyone. Instead, Heather and I left a couple of hours early and went to Wrentham to shop. I went with her to give feedback on choices and Mark stayed with Jed to help take care of the boys. Mid-afternoon Heather and I drove back south and west and met Mark, Jed, and the boys at the same orchard we went to last year. Peter’s Family Orchard is in Acushnet, on the way to Rhode Island, but it is closer to the Cape than Wrentham. Acushnet is home to a number of farms and it was quite picturesque today—white picket fences, stone walls, trees dressed in their fall colors, and the landscape dotted with bright orange pumpkins here and there. So the adjusted plan worked out just fine. Heather shopped ‘til she dropped taking advantage of the fantastic Columbus Day Weekend sales and the boys had fun picking apples. When we returned to the Cape, we went to Heather and Jed’s to have dinner to celebrate harvest time. We had breaded and fried green tomatoes and zucchini from Heather and Jed’s garden, locally grown kale and acorn squash, and a pork loin cooked on the grill. It was delicious and we made note that tomorrow is the official Canadian Thanksgiving Day. After dinner, Sam and Jonah headed back to Woods Hole with us for another night on the boat.

It is looking more and more like we will not be leaving here this week as planned. The weather is just not looking good over the extended seven to ten-day forecast period. So we are going to be hanging around a bit longer than we planned. We got an email today from friends Paul and Marie Miller. When we were in Tonga waiting for that ever elusive weather window needed to head to New Zealand, they bought ‘weather window’ t-shirts. In their email today they offered to send them to us! Thanks for thinking of us, Paul and Marie, and if this weather continues to be uncooperative, we might take you up on your offer.

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