This year the first day Dixon's was open was on a Friday. My wife had that day off, so I took the day off and we thought we would beat the weekend crowd. The previous year we waited for the second weekend and they had sold out of Champaign apples.
We got up, daughter wanted to go with us, so we had to wait for her to get ready, then we invited son's girlfriend and her three-year-old to come along too. Loaded up in the mini-van and headed out for fifty mile drive to get apples.
Everything was going smoothly on I-25, not too much traffic. At the turn off for the dam still hardly anyone else around. Made it just past the golf course and then there was a line of cars. It was 9:45 in the morning. At first I thought that maybe they had the gate closed where the dirt road starts and would open it at 10:00. We crept up slowly. A few cars turned around and left helping the rest of us get closer. It was drive up a few spots, turn off the engine, wait, start engine move up a few spots repeat process. After two hours we finally got to the dirt road and the gate to the orchard. A number of people had left their cars and had started to walk down. At this point I decided my wife could drive down and I would walk down (3 miles or so the sign at the gate said). That way I could get in the line to the shed where you bought the apples.