The Yeskie Family’s Excellent Fall Adventure in Hixton
By Lori Johnson
HIXTON - What do you and your family do on a bright autumn day when the sun and the brisk breeze beckon you to spend time outdoors? For Bryan and Brittany Yeskie, and daughters Behati and Blakely, the answer was easy.
Their adventure took them to Cain’s Orchard at Hixton and their three nature trails. Two trails are fairly easy, the third is more of a challenge that takes hikers up to the famous Cain‘s Apple Orchard sign that you can see from the Interstate. If walking among the blazing fall color wasn’t fun enough, there was also the challenge of playing Nature Trail Bingo. Brittany explained, “The cards had various items to look for - maple tree, pine tree, animal track, huge rock, Hixton Schoolhouse, view of Hixton, squirrels, deer, ledge, ferns, Historic Hixton Stagecoach trail, the orchard sign, nature trail sign, blackberries, fallen over trees, wildflowers, moss, wild blueberry plants, bees, woodpecker hole in a tree and even a free space--you mark them off as you go to get as many bingos as you can. Then you take your card back to the retail shop and get a prize. There are also hidden plastic apples for you to find. Bring one back to the shop for a prize as well. It was a nice learning experience and the girls had a blast looking for everything.”
But the real prize is the view. “It’s quite the view at the top looking down at the interstate and surrounded by color -- definitely worth the hike. And the view of the orchard coming off the trail is gorgeous as well!” enthused Brittany.
When talking with owner Carmen Cain Heard about the popularity of Nature Trail Bingo, she explained, “With the onset of COVID, social distancing guidelines meant we had to give up our wagon rides this year so we had to think outside the box. We wanted to have something fun for families to do when they visited the orchard that was within the guidelines. We’re pleased that everyone seems to enjoy it.”