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Fall is here!

by Adriana on October 25, 2016

in In Saint Louis

Even though fall already started few weeks ago, I still want to share the different fun activities I have done during this season. I am not a fan of cold weather, but right now it’s kind of a mix between cold and hot so its fine.
I went apple picking for the first time and it was very fun. We had to walk through the apple orchards looking for good red or green apples. Personally, I prefer the green ones. It was really tasteful having fresh apples.
The week after apple picking I went to Eckert’s farm for the evening. It was a great day very sunny and the sunset was beautiful. There were different things to do there, like, games, giving food to kangaroos, and spending time around a warm bonfire. When the night came we had smores and hot dogs, they were delicious.
I appreciate this kind of activities that Fontbonne University offers, especially if you are not from here it is a great way to know more about St. Louis. So far I have enjoyed fall season. I can’t believe we are already in the middle of the semester, time is flying like crazy. I hope everyone is enjoying fall season too.
Take care,
Adriana S.




Writer’s Block

by DeMarcus on September 24, 2015

in College Life

Hello World! I am sorry for not posting last week. I was having a moment and I could not get it together; turns out I had writer’s block! After one post I was already out of ideas. I have ideas but I didn’t know how to put them on paper. I did not know how to formulate them into words. SMH (shaking my head) I know I said I was going to post on Thursdays and Sundays but I just have nothing. Not to mention I have yet to make a Sunday post… Mondays will be the new Sundays because it only makes sense.

Last week was not a good week. I felt like I was being trapped into a box without any ventilation. As dramatic as this sounds, it’s true. For some reason I felt as if my life was passing me by without warning. At one point I was on solid ground, then I was skating on ice. Soon, the ice began to melt and I was trapped. I was freaking out so much I didn’t even know what was going on. This past weekend helped me breathe and calm down. I went apple picking at Eckert’s and it was amazing. Campus Ministry hosted the event and it was a nice outing to relax and pick apples along with apple cider. The apple cider was delicious and life was evening out.

This week has been steady. Like I said earlier, I was having a moment. I’m not sure what was going on. Now that I have word vomited everywhere, have a good week? My next post will be better. I promise… 🙂


What to do during the month of Oct-Nov? Why not visit Eckert’s Farm? You can go on a hayride, go apple picking, even make your own s’more! Just make sure you don’t leave your house without a scarf, gloves, hat, and a good jacket.

Here is the website:

I was amazed and at the same time scared.

Fontbonne International students making S'mores for the first time!

Group picture!

Enjoying the hayride!


Alumni Posts

Apple Picking

by Alumni Posts on October 23, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Happy Monday, Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? It was too short, I know. Weekends always fly by.

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy some of the fall activities available near St. Louis. I went apple and pumpkin picking on Sunday at Eckert’s Farm in Millstadt, Illinois. It’s a little bit of a drive from St. Louis, but I promise it’s worth it.

If you’ve never been to Eckert’s, you should know that they have three farms in Illinois. Each farm includes berry and apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree fields (I had never been to one of their farms before, but I did my research before going). You can pick your own seasonal produce and pay by the pound. The Millstadt farm also has a petting zoo and rides; it’s geared more towards families with small children.

I do not have small children, but still had a lot of fun. My boyfriend and I picked apples and pumpkins, fed deer and camels, and browsed the country store. I had to restrain myself from buying five different flavors of jam and fruit spreads . . . but I did buy a bag of kettle corn. Which is almost gone now (oops).

Have you ever fed a camel?

It’s scary business.  They have huge lips that wiggle across your hand while they pick up carrots.  I do not recommend it if you have ticklish palms.

My palms are not squeamish, but my brain is. I was overly concerned about camel saliva. Thank goodness I carry hand sanitizer!

We also managed to find a pair of good-looking pumpkins! They are still intact, but I am planning some intricate carving for mine. That should be coming up soon. If you haven’t had the chance to do fall things like picking out a pumpkin, you still have time!  It’s a lot of fun, believe me.


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