If it's Columbus Day weekend, it's time for the family to gather for apple cider making.
My brother Hank goes east of the mountains and brings back a BIG box of apples, 1000 pounds.
Columbus Day is not a school holiday here in Washington, but the Friday before is a non-student day, and my brother, being a teacher, uses the day to go get the apples. It's always a busy time so on any given year family members may be absent, but we always manage to represent four generations.
Here part of the crew is using my great grandfather's old cider press.
Hank added a new press this year, so we were really cranking it out.
And then the tasting begins, while the work goes on.
Mother, grandmother, great grandmother Violet sits in the middle of the action, tasting the product for quality control.
Heidi thought it was sour but Katie declared it just right.
The result is about fifty gallons of apple cider to share.