Fall is my favorite time of the year. The temperature is cooler so I can start wearing sweaters, booties, and my beloved leather jackets; trees look pretty with their changing leaves; it’s fun to visit Cider Mills for fresh cider, sugar doughnuts, and caramel apples; and there are a plethora of new and classic scary movies to watch leading up to the most fun holiday–Halloween! It is the BEST time of the year.
To kick off Fall this year I flew to Michigan for a weekend. On Friday I took the day off and my parents, Kev and I went to Spicer’s Cider Mill. We did a bit of wine tasting and bought a bunch of goodies. Spicer’s makes the best caramel and chocolate dipped apples. I bought an assortment–one that had blue and yellow sprinkles (Go Blue!), one that looked like a mummy, and another that looked like a cat with caramel corn cat ears.
I also got to visit my grandma on Friday who just got home from the hospital after several weeks. It was really nice to see her and visit for a while, especially since I don’t make it home that often anymore. For dinner on Friday night I was glad I was able to see my bestie Becca. She made really good vegan enchiladas and I enjoyed being able to catch up with her.
Kev and I stayed with my bro at his new house in Canton. On Saturday morning we all went out for brunch and my cousin Randi who lives nearby came too. I feel lucky that I was able to see so many people in my relatively short visit. After a little catnap, we headed to Ann Arbor to hang out a bit before the Michigan vs. State game. We had dinner at Pizza House before going to the game. I bought the tickets for my parents for their respective birthdays and I splurged on really good seats for the game. Some of my cousins and about half of my high school went to Michigan State, so there is some fun rivalry there. The seats were in fact awesome but what wasn’t awesome was how horrible Michigan played. It was an embarrassing game and Michigan lost but me, my mom and Kev were troopers and stayed for the whole game, even when it started pouring rain (thank you mom for being prepared with ponchos).
A few weeks later Kev rented a sexy BMW i8 and we went upstate for the weekend. We stayed at the Catskills Animal Sanctuary Homestead bed and breakfast. It was our third visit to the Sanctuary but our first time staying at the Homestead. I really love that place. We took a tour on Saturday morning to see all of the animals and learn more about the cruel ways in which they are treated at factory farms (and even cage free farms) and alternative, vegan food options. We had a little bud named Oreo who followed us on our tour as well who was a cutie.
After our tour we went for a little hike at a nearby trail. It was only about 2 miles and it ended by the river which was extremely windy, but the foliage was still pretty. After our hike we stopped at the Homestead to quickly change and then we were off again. We drove about 90 minutes South to Sleepy Hollow for Horseman’s Hallow at Philipsburg Manor which is a haunted trail. It was fun and I jumped once or twice. After the haunted trail we drove about 15 minutes to Croton-on-Hudson for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze which has a great display of jack o’lanterns. I actually liked the Blaze a little more than the haunted trail because I had never been to anything like it before. I thought the displays were very well done. My fav was the statue of liberty followed by the dinosaurs but the carousel, sea dragon, and sunflowers were really cool too.
The next morning after having vegan pancakes at the Homestead, we spent a little time saying goodbye to the animals (we met another little kitty that followed us on our walk that I’ve names Smores), and then we packed up and headed back to the city. On our way we stopped back in Croton-on-Hudson at Thompson’s Cider Mill. It is a small barn without much room to walk around or much to see so we were a little disappointed but we still picked up some cider, apples, and doughnuts for the road.
Those trips definitely got us in the Halloween spirit, so we were ready for the big day by the time Halloween rolled around. Kev and I dressed as Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and Pants and Boots were a pumpkin and pirate (they were supposed to be dressed as characters in Nightmare Before Christmas as well but we have Kevin to thank for the costume change). Pants and Boots did not enjoy dressing up, however, Kev and I had a blast. teheh. After dressing up we went downstairs in our apartment building to the mezzanine to watch the Halloween Parade. Then we ended the evening perfectly with Stranger Things Season 2.