This fall, several groups from Rimland’s Developmental Training Program took a day trip to Apple Holler apple orchard located in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. The orchard includes the popular Golden Goat Bridge, with baby goats that clients were able to feed.
Participants also enjoyed walking through the Crazy Corn Maze while the groups waited for the wagon ride to begin. The wagon ride took participants on a tour throughout the entire farm, dropping them off at the end to pick red and green apples. After apple picking, they enjoyed soft serve ice cream.
In September, Rimland celebrated the 20th anniversary of the client trip. Associate Executive Director of Client Services Terrance Wimberly came up with the idea for the trip 20 years ago. Over the past 20 years, the clients have traveled to Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; on a cruise to the Bahamans; and to Anaheim, California, to name a few. The clients recently returned from their 20th anniversary trip to San Diego on September 30. Below, Terrance shares his reflections on the 20th anniversary:
The most beautiful thing in the world is sharing this trip with the clients supported by Rimland. We have been doing this trip for 20 years. We have done parasailing, jet skis, dining on the ocean, tried to surf, relaxed by the pool, and watched the sunset, among many more activities and adventures.
Some people said we could not and should not do these trips. Too many things could go wrong. But they never saw what could go right. Watching an individual with autism laugh and smile when he sees the sun set, hug me when she made it off the jet ski she thought she would fall off, realizing they are on a boat far off the coast or trying a new food for the first time… Truly amazing!
It’s been the greatest joy of my life to be able to share this with them.
Terrance Wimberly, Associate Executive Director of Client Services