The reason we stayed at this (nasty) KOA in Calhoun, TN was so we could make the trip to Merciers Orchard in Blue Ridge, Ga. It is only about an hour from here and we figured the drive would be colorful.
We've heard so many wonderful things about this orchard and didn't really know what to expect. I mean, we saw the photos on their website and have talked with another couple who lives near there and camped with us this summer...it sounded like a great place to explore!
We were on the road by 9 a.m. and figured being a Sunday most everyone in the south would be in church.
The two lane road wasn't busy and it was a nice leisurely drive....it had to be due to all the fog.
In the top photo, there really was a mountain in that fog.
We finally found our turn off; turn left by McDonalds...you couldn't even see the golden arches, but we managed to somehow see a sign for the orchard.
Once we arrived at the orchard, we were amazed to see how full the parking lot was and we were glad to see they had a 2nd one that would require a bit of a walk, but we needed the exercise.
THEN we managed to get in the door, only to look at each other and wonder "what the hell?". EVERYONE WAS THERE! Holy Wah, there was a throng! We couldn't even get near the bakery to order a couple of fried pies, so we walked around a bit. The orchard is more than just an orchard selling apples and baked goods;
We gave up though and didn't try to buy anything. Instead, we headed for "apple valley", I believe it is rt 52 out of Ellijay.
About 12 miles down the road and after we'd passed several other apple orchards, we found the one we had been to a couple of years ago (no photos of it). We got our 2 fried pies, a gallon of peach cider and a half bushel of golden Delicious apples.
We've never had the peach cider, and couldn't buy just a half gallon (they were all sold out) but figured it HAS to be good! If not, I will make peach cider syrup out of it to put on pancakes!
Tomorrow we will FINALLY be back at Piedmont! We don't plan on leaving this place till about 9 a.m....in hopes we will miss the rush hour traffic around Atlanta.
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