My personal travel experience is very unique. I do not recall many who have done what my family and I do. In place of our family union, every fall my family gets together for a tradition. This tradition is to make homemade applebutter. Being that my family is widespread throughout the U.S., we travel to meet in Lookout, West Virginia. For us to meet the rest of the family it is about a nine hour drive. This ride isn’t the best because we have to go up and down mountains, around winding roads, and that is with our ears popping, but we cannot wait to get there to see the family. When we go, we stay for the whole weekend in The Ponderosa Lodge Bed and Breakfast. We make the applebutter the second night. As Saturday morning begins everyone starts to help out to get ready to make the applebutter. We light a fire under the copper pot, heat jars in the oven at 325 degrees, lids and rings have to be boiled on the stove, and we start peeling the apples. Later that night when everyone has arrived and everything is prepared we start to make the homemade applebutter. We all stay up the entire night, take shifts stirring the pot, because after awhile it gets pretty tiring doing it nonstop. We add the sliced apples in the pot, sugar, and cinnamon. The next morning when it is completely done which my great grandma calls that shot. We create an assembly line with all the family. We have to get organized on who is dipping the pan to get the applebutter out of the pot, who is pouring into the jars, who is wiping the jars off, and who is putting the lids on while it is very hot. You have to wipe the jars off because if you don’t the lids won’t seal. Something that I love to get away from on this weekend is my cell phone. Because we are up in the mountains there is no service, so hardly ever do you get signal to use your phone. Their is no time for talking on the phone, texting, or launching the internet. Sometimes I wonder if this happens for a reason. So that we can set that aside and enjoy our family. This may be the last time we see them. Technology sometimes controls peoples’ lives. I absolutely love doing this every year with my close knit family. I love spending time with them and it is so much fun. When it is all said and done someone always bring biscuits so we can dip in the copper pot where everyone can have a taste. Yum!
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