Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

A week ago we went to a fabulous pumpkin farm in Vineland, Colorado (to the southeast of Pueblo).
The weather was perfect. Everyone was in a great mood. The day was just wonderful!

They had several inflatable fun things (haunted house, slide, jump castle) that Irene and May loved! Janie spent lots of time taking her shoes off, nearly summoning the courage to try one, and then changing her mind and putting her shoes back on. Sweet girl.

Chris and May did their annual tradition of a trip through the corn maze. Normally, they are out in 20-28 minutes. This year, it took them over an hour! Irene, Jane and I wound our way through the pumpkins to the end of the corn maze and waited for Daddy and May. Everyone who came out of the maze this year was SOOOO happy and relieved! It was hilarious! Moms holding babies were thanking God breathlessly. LOL! Teen-aged boy threw themselves on the ground in mock relief and happiness at the end of it! LOL! Middle-aged women arrived arm-in-arm and nearly cheering! LOL! I swear, it was too funny. Finally, May and Chris emerged. They were also happy and relieved - and told us about how HARD the maze was this year (our third year visiting this farm).

We picked out 7 pumpkins, ranging from big and round and orange (me) to tiny and green and oval (May)! Even a couple that had hourglass figures. LOL!

I love this place because it is real. You have to walk through dried mud, snarly vines, and sometimes even get to break your pumpkin off the vine! (Note that in one of the pictures, Janie holds up a tiny pumpkin still attached to the vine.) The corn maze is long done and the corn that is left in the stalks is dried. Irene was FASCINATED by this. She found one on the ground and played with it for the longest time. They grow all kinds of other produce, and the roasting of the green chilis smells sooooooooo good! They had horse rides and hay wagon rides, and loads of other amusing things. It was so much fun! But -we are there for the pumpkins and corn maze most of all.

There were large flocks of migrating birds that periodically blackened large parts of the sky above us. They looked so lovely above the corn maze.

On the drive home, we passed many agricultural fields filled with various things. One that caught my eye had MANY sunflowers! I had to take a couple dozen shots of that alone! They are so amazing looking! They always seem to have personalities to me. We have a children’s book about some kids who plant a circle of sunflowers one summer and play and sleep out among the huge flowers. Then, fall comes and the sunflowers fade away. But, they keep some seeds to plant the following year. It is a lovely book.

Is there anything more beautiful than a pile of pumpkins in your kitchen after a fun trip to the pumpkin patch?



Julie said...

SO FUN! I love everybody's fall outfits...and I don't blame them for being happy to be out of the maze - those are scary! I thought I would be lost forever at Chatfield one year... That is one GIANT pumpkin you guys hauled home. Happy carving! :)

nanchang said...

OK, I'm jealous that we went to Wal Mart for our pumpkins! It looks like a ton of fun.

I would write more but I have to go to sleep!