Red Apple Barn – Ellijay, Georgia | Travel Series 3

Red Apple Barn – Ellijay, Georgia | Travel Series 3

Hi guys! I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 For today’s post, I decided to share a third addition to my travel series here on Dreaming of Guatemala! On October 1st, I got to go to an apple orchard with my family in northern Georgia, and we had such a great time. I took lots of pictures (many of which I’ve shared today) – I’m so glad we got to go this year. ❤ Let’s get right into this post!


My family and I drove up to Ellijay, GA around lunchtime on the first Sunday of October. We stopped at a local Dunkin Donuts restaurant instead of breaking at a traditional rest stop, as there wasn’t one in the area. My parents gave me and Joshua money to buy ourselves a treat, and I got a sour cream donut and caramel iced coffee.

A short while later, we pulled into Red Apple Barn’s parking lot. We arrived about ten minutes before they opened, and the line leading over to the table where you pay was already pretty long. I hopped out of the car to save my family a place in line, then everyone else went and found a parking place.

Before I got to the end of the line, my mom came and joined me to pay. We bought a 3/4-peck bag to fill with apples once we went to the orchards. (The entrance and parking is a short distance away from where the actual apples are grown.) I stopped to take a few pictures before we got on the tractor ride, and my favorite one is of a bin of pumpkins (below).

The festive vibes are real, haha!!

There were two tractors going when we got over to the loading/unloading area. The one that looked like an authentic hayride was loaded first (just before we got there), and the other one, which had the same wooden seat trailer but no hay, was where we got to sit. *sighs* Haha I was hoping we’d get to ride on the first one, but I didn’t mind too much!

The ride up to the orchards is one of my favorite parts of the whole experience.

You weave in and out of this path that leads through forest, then out into open field, then back to the forest again. You go down hills and up hills, curving around the mountainside until you reach the rolling hills of apple country.

Aside from the thick dust that billows up behind the wheels of the roaring tractor, I had a blast on the ride, and the view is simply fantastic.

There’s our tractor driver. This was our first time meeting him – he wasn’t there on our earlier visits – and he was really nice!

It was shortly after I took the picture above that the orchards came into view on the right side of the path.

The three times that we’ve gone to this orchard, I get this huge grin on my face the moment I spot the first apple tree. There’s something about it that I absolutely love. Maybe it’s the experience of harvesting food and eating it off the plant the way God first intended for us to eat. Maybe it’s being out in nature in the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia. Maybe it’s a bit of both. ❤

The tractor driver parked at the top and unlatched the back of the trailer so we could all get off. After we listened to a short list of instructions an orchard-hand (don’t know what he’s officially called, so I’m calling him that haha) has to give all visitors, we were off.

I’m silly [sometimes]. lol!
I balanced finding the best apple trees with taking photos of the beauty around us.

The best apples I spotted were absolute beauties on one side, then completely decaying on the other, lol. You have to be careful not to pry your fingers into rotten apples when inspecting all sides of the fruit! After experiences like that, I knew to delicately take one into the tips of my fingers, then swivel it to see if it was good all over, instead of trusting that it was a nice one.

Golden delicious apples have always been a favorite of my family, and I must say that they are quite delicious. (Maybe that’s why they’re called that haha) We were happy with the selection they had this year, as we had come too late in the season other times we went. Plus, stores have been running out of this kind of apple, and we’re still not sure why. After months without them, we were happy to pick some ourselves! (Although they didn’t end up having the best flavor compared to the other apple varieties we tried.)

I don’t remember what kind of apple is pictured above. I don’t even think we brought any home. Either way, the photo turned out nice. 🙂

The featured image, which I’ll share again with you below, is of someone else’s apple basket on a bench in the middle of the orchard. lol my mom thought it was funny when she saw me taking pictures of it, as it wasn’t even our apples, but I couldn’t help it; it was so picturesque!

At the edge of the fields on the back left side, there was a short row of wildflowers growing alongside a part of the forest. They were quite pretty, and I got a nice picture of the little white ones below. x

It wasn’t too long after that that we finished up on that side of the fields; we headed back up to the beginning to see what the red delicious apples tasted like. On the trek back (it wasn’t too far, but still quite strenuous, what with all the hills), a moth, once again, let me get very close to it so it could have its picture taken. lol

I love the design on its wings! I think I’ve always been fascinated by butterflies and moths 🙂 The intricate details and colors of their wing display always amaze me.

As you can see, Samuel wore a cute plaid shirt of his on this trip. I love how he looks in it! He enjoyed walking through the orchard, although he didn’t do much apple-picking, as Joshua was the one who was able to reach all the good ones.

The red delicious apples ended up being our favorite! They had the best flavor, and we found enough great ones to fill up our 1/2-peck bag. Life is good.

This was the first year that they had horses and mules out in this fenced-off area near the place where everyone gets on and off the tractor rides. I thought that was cool, but the experience became 10x better when I heard one of the workers tell a visitor that anyone can feed them apples – what!! At the end of our apple-picking adventure, us kids grabbed a small handful of golden delicious apples and fed them. The one below was the only one I fed; she kept getting pushed aside by another, hungrier horse and I felt bad for her.

I was sooo scared of getting my finger chopped off by their strong jaws, but I pushed the fear aside and carefully fed them anyway, lol!

Behind the area where they keep the horses and mules was a quaint red barn. It might be the one that gave the place its name, but there’s also a red barn up at the front where they sell apple desserts, so I can’t be too sure. Samuel enjoyed exploring this one up in the orchard, and I got a nice picture of it.

I think this one is used for special events, as there was very little inside, aside from a few unidentifiable props and wooden planks, as well as a moveable archway that said “wedding.” I’d never thought of holding a wedding in an apple orchard, but now I love the idea!

Once the boys were done feeding the animals, we got back on the tractor ride and headed back down through the forests and over the hills. I didn’t take any pictures on the way down, as it was the same view we had going up only flipped backward (haha), but I do have one more to share … aren’t the clouds up in Ellijay gorgeous?

Back down near the parking lot, there’s a field of flowers and pumpkins. Just like I have the other years we’ve gone, I happily went over there to snap some pictures of the flowers. Only one of those turned out nicely (oh well, haha), and I also got close enough to a monarch butterfly to get a good picture, as well!

This was the second time in my life that I’ve seen one of these butterflies up close, so I was very happy to be able to photograph it!

The last picture I have to share with you guys was one I took later in the afternoon on the drive back home; as the sun set in the sky, a tiny, horizontal rainbow appeared in the clouds. It was so cute!

Thank you so much for reading, guys!! I had a great day at the apple orchard with my family. I’m so glad we got to go this year!

Happy fall to all of you!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Fall OOTD #1 – Comfy/Casual

Fall OOTD #1 – Comfy/Casual

Hi there, guys! Thank you so much for coming by today’s post. ❤ I am SO excited about this one in particular!! I’ve enjoyed writing all of the different posts for October (which is awesome, as I was wanting it to be fun haha), but this is one I’ve been wanting to do practically the whole time I’ve been blogging. I finally had all the right things to be able to do it (clothes, pictures, ya know), so here I am!! This is my very first Outfit Of The Day! ❤

As I’ve probably mentioned before, and as you can most likely guess, fall is my absolute favorite season! There are so many things I love about it, but to name just a few, the weather, beautiful warm colors, food, and the clothing! Finding fall outfits to wear when it’s chilly outside is lots of fun, and the one that I’m sharing today is one of my favorites so far!

Let’s check it out!

The wind was rebelling a bit, don’t mind my hair, haha!

First off, this outfit is SUPER comfy, and I love how all the colors go together! The wristwatch was a last-second decision, but I ended up loving how it paired with everything else.

Side note: this photoshoot gave me soooo much anxiety because I get really self-conscious when someone’s taking my picture. I much prefer to be the photographer, but my desire to write this post helped me battle the nerves. I’m happy with how the pictures turned out, but just know that it took some effort, haha!

Alright, so let’s talk about where I got everything!

  • T-ShirtKohl’s. It’s super soft and comfy, but definitely attracts more lint than I’d prefer in the wash, haha!
  • Plaid ShirtTarget. It totally screams “fall” at me, and while I love everything about it, I prefer wearing it around my waist than as an actual shirt!
  • PurseThrifted. It stood out to me sometime last year when I was walking around Goodwill because I never see purses like it there! It was a steal for only a couple of dollars, and was in like-new condition.
  • Black JeggingsThrifted. I was so excited when I found these about a month ago at a local thrift shop. They are so comfy and modest! My only complaint is that, after wearing them for a while, they begin to loosen and slide off my waist slightly, but nothing disastrous has occurred yet, lol.
  • ShoesFamous Footwear. They’re very comfortable and go with practically everything I own!!
  • WatchThrifted. I would wear it all the time if I could, but it doesn’t go with very many of my clothes. I love it sooo much, though!

If you have any specific questions about what brand the items are, how much they were, or what size they are, I’d be happy to find that out for you!!

Thanks so much for reading, guys!! I loved making this post, and I’m planning on sharing at least one more OOTD this fall!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Experiencing This Change

Experiencing This Change

Today is a new day.

I have spent nearly the past year of my life (at least!) living in the belief that past mistakes must dictate my actions for the new day. For the last twelve months especially, I have held things against myself – and my family, too, really struggling with being able to forgive, to let go and exhibit grace. It’s been a bumpy journey, trying to figure out why I’ve felt like this for so long.

The day I realized I was shackled to these sins was the day I could let them go.

I have prayed about this problem often, and now I can see that on my hardest day, at my lowest point, the Lord was still there for me. I’m always unable to see His hand at work until I take a step back – and what I can now see is absolutely breathtaking.

He is able to use every problem, sin, mistake, and shortcoming to lead me back to where I need to be – and He already has.

He has taught me about grace, forgiveness, mercy, kindness, and love.

For the past year of my life, I was too focused on taking care of me, of dealing with my own issues … and I no longer took the time necessary to nurture the beautiful relationships I had with my family. I left them behind in my own despair … and even then, nothing changed. The friendships I had with them were going downhill, as well as my self-esteem – and self-control. Focusing on “taking care” of myself didn’t help at all.

Because I wasn’t looking to the right Person.

The moment I laid all of this baggage, these burdens and worries and past mistakes, all down at the feet of my Lord and Savior, I felt a release. A literal weight was off my shoulders as He took them onto His own.

I had been carrying them for too long.

The pit of despair will take quite a bit of time to get myself out of … but I now know that the Lord and my family are waiting for me at the top. I know that they all long for the moment of my return, when I can finally be the loving person I once was, the caring person I often am, but can definitely be at all times. I’ll no longer have anger, impatience, and problems with forgiveness; they have all shown me the important thing I had left behind these past twelve months.

LOVE.

Love for my family, love for the Lord, and very importantly, love for myself. When I stop judging myself and give it all to Him, it is then that I’m able to love and care for others – not before.

It starts here – in my heart. And the new days that come, including today, will not continue to carry yesterday’s burdens.

I am learning to give, to let go, to learn, and to love.

Today is a new day.

— Maggie

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