Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July... Cherries and Fireworks!

After attending the National Cherry Festival the previous two days (click to read about Day 1 and Day 2), we wanted to visit a cherry farm and pick our own cherries to eat and take home. We found a great place about 20 minutes outside of Traverse City.

We have experience at pick-your-own farms for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, and raspberries, but had never picked our own cherries before.

This particular farm has over a dozen varieties of cherries (who knew there were so many kinds?!) and we picked a dark sweet variety that was perfectly ripe right now.

Cherry picking is much easier than picking strawberries. There's no need to bend over or squat, and ripe cherries come easily off the tree. The trees at this farm were loaded with cherries. We could have filled up several large buckets at just one tree.

Of course, we sampled a few (okay, maybe it was more than a few) cherries while we picked. Oh man, I had never tasted such delicious cherries before!

Kai enjoyed getting up on the ladder to pick some from higher up.

We filled up a large bucket and a smaller one, but I kind of wish we had picked even more.

It was certainly a fun time. I only wish that we could find a cherry farm closer to home as it is a long way to go just for that.

After the cherry picking, we got in the car and started the long drive home. It seemed much longer coming back than going. :)

We had to get back as we had things to do at home, like going to see the 4th of July fireworks!

We drove to the viewing area not far from our house and got a spot in the closest parking lot to the action.

We played cards while we waited, then Kai passed the time playing with a self-winding flashlight.

Most people walked over to the grassy area but we liked sitting right in front of our car as it looked to be close to the fireworks with unobstructed views.

And when the fireworks started, we saw that it was indeed a great spot. The following photos were not taken with a telephoto lens. You can see how close we are to the fireworks... they seemed right on top of us at times.

Afterward, we went back home and lit some sparklers. Kai wanted the whole thing videoed for his YouTube account.

And so ended our 4th of July weekend. It was really really enjoyable. And that is not something we say all that often. Usually we have qualifiers, like it was fun "except for..." or "all things considered...". But no qualifiers this time. It was a fun weekend. Period!


  1. I love cherries. I know you must have had a great time picking them.
    Great fireworks shots.

    Kai's system is registering everything on a relative basis. He is not bothered by stimuli so much anymore. His system is maturing. When he is no longer being overloaded, everything is much more fun. Kai will continue to enjoy himself more and more. Being sensitive and having an active mind means he gets bored quickly. So long as you keep him challenged, he will continue to grow and flourish.

    It is not so much that he is like my son. Kai reminds me of me when I was young. The only difference is that I was very introverted. I got frustrated easily, and quickly. But it was about his age that I had started to mature also. You will see some amazing leaps and bounds from Kai as he continues to mature.

    1. I hope you are right, Shiroi. We are certainly happy with how things have gone this summer.

      You would enjoy picking cherries much more than picking strawberries, I'm sure!

  2. That looks like so much fun! We used to have a cherry tree in our back yard but it died years ago. I miss it!

    We've tried sparklers a few times. The boys did not enjoy it one bit. haha. They do like fireworks, though!

    1. I'd love to have our own cherry tree! Nothing like tasting ripe fruit fresh off the tree!

      That is interesting that your boys don't like sparklers but they do like fireworks... I would have guessed the other way around because fireworks can be loud, but I suppose the nearness of the sparklers could be frightening.


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