After having our first snow of the season last Friday and temps dipping into the 30s, we were pleasantly surprised when Sunday turned into a warm, idyllic autumn day. And we took full advantage by loading up the kids and their friend Sophia and heading to the pumpkin patch!
We usually go to a different patch, but at the recommendation of several friends, we decided to try Anderson Farms this year. It's a wonderfully kitchy little farm with plenty of activities, entertainment, pumpkins, and HELLO - funnel cakes! The one downside? Every other family within a 150-mile radius must have decided Sunday would be a good day for hunting pumpkins, because they all showed up, too. But for funnel cakes, I can tolerate crowds.
Our first stop was the corn maze, where over 7 miles of twisting, turning, and confusing paths awaited us. The kids had gotten "clue cards" to help navigate us, but we only managed to hit about half of the checkpoints before Mike and I realized the big problem with corn mazes: no beer concessions.
So we convinced the kiddos it was time to take a tractor ride to the fields and pick out some gourds! With the thousands to pick from, it was a hard choice, but we did get some unique specimens (and the kids even allowed their annoying photog mom to snap a few shots of the picks.)
Some of the carvings at the farm make Martha Stewart look like a rank amateur. I'm kinda in love with that pig! Possibly because I feel a certain kinship with the porcine creatures. Mostly due to my love of funnel cakes.
Ah, Colorado - snow on the mountains, amber waves of (corn maze) and a giant orange pumpkin on top of a silo. All this and funnel cakes, too! See there, Colorado Board of Tourism? A brand new slogan. You're welcome.