October 11, 2008

Annual Visit To The Pumpkin Patch

I LOVE FALL! Fall is finally here and this is my favorite time of year. I love to do things outside now that the temperature is cooling down and the days are so bright and sunny. The leaves are starting to change color and everything just looks so beautiful.

Every year about this time my family and I love to go and visit one of the local pumpkin patches to pick out the "best" pumpkins to adorn our front porch. Each kids gets to pick out their favorite pumpkin to bring home. They will then arrange them on the front porch where they will stay until just before Halloween when they will get the carve them into a "masterpiece."

This year we went to "Uncle Shuck's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze." Nicholas and SG were the only kids that were excited to go this year. Alex decided to stay behind and play a new video game he had just gotten. Uncle Shuck's is only about a half hour drive from our house to Dawsonville. We all piled into the car and headed north towards the mountains. The drive was beautiful. The trees were starting to change colors and it was a very clear day so we could see the mountains in the distance.
Nick and SG had a blast running through the kids maze and playing on the tractor tire playground.

The tractor tires were partially burried in the ground so the kids could climb through them and up on top of them. What fun!

The maze was cut into a field of soy beans and was lined with some beautiful and very tall sunflowers. I got some beautiful pictures of the sunflowers against the very clear blue sky. There were lots of little bumble bees on the sunflowers as you can see in my picture.

Check out all of the fabulous pumpkins!

After all the playing in the kids maze then we decided to try out the "big" maze. They have cut just over 4 1/2 miles of paths through a corn field and you are given a card with a map and the locations of check points. At each check point you need to punch your card with it's particular punch. If you get all the punches than you can enter your card into a drawing to win a prize. It was fun but much too hard for a child to navigate alone.

At Uncle Shuck's you can also go on a hayride, launch corn cob's from their "blaster" and after dark they have the haunted corn maze for older kids and adults. There are people hiding in the corn with chain-less chain saws and other scary costumes waiting to jump out and chase you through the maze. I think I'll pass!

It was a fun day! Can't wait to do it again next year!

I'll post some pictures of the pumpkins after we get them carved. Check back soon!

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