Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lost in a Corn Maze



Today I went with my daughter Krissy and my husband to the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze. The corn maze is gigantic. It was four acres! The maps they passed out were a joke—little postcards. Within the maze were four different areas where five rows converged, like the spokes of a wheel. We kept meeting the same lost groups of people along the way.









At first it was funny. Some clever folks tried to mark their path with leaves from the corn stalks but these were quickly scuffed to the side by the foot traffic. One group dropped m&m's along the way but I think they ran out. Someone else dropped little yellow post-it notes. I saw one woman trying to keep track of where she'd been by marking the postcard with a pen. None of these techniques seemed to work as we continued to encounter the same people over and over and over again.



You could tell by the conversations that some people had been there a very long time and were beginning to get frustrated. And tired. And crabby. One woman said she was having flashbacks of Children of the Corn. My husband, who was wondering why he'd paid five dollars to become hopelessly lost, tried to use the GPS on his iPhone but discovered we were just a blinking dot on a field of gray. Finally, at his suggestion, I tried the compass on my iPhone. It was only a little more helpful.


Eventually, after an hour, we began to "cheat" by cutting through the rows, aiming for daylight.



When we finally stumbled out, having managed at last to find the entrance, we heard a lot of whooping and hollaring off to our left. It was one of the groups we'd kept encountering inside. They'd just managed to find their way out through the exit. We were all pumping our fists in the air like we'd really accomplished something grand.

I guess they operate the maze at night, sometimes, too. Don't think I'd like to try that. One woman we encountered was so pregnant she looked like she might pop. Nope. Wouldn't want to try it that way either.

All in all, and I can say this only because we made our way out, it was a lot of fun.

The piles of pumpkins and gourds they had for sale were awesome. Such gorgeous variety! We found two we liked in the big pumpkin field and used a wheelbarrow, which they provided, to haul them to our car.












Can't wait to start decorating at our house!!

13 comments:

  1. We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday too. I haven't had time to post the pictures yet...probably tomorrow. It's so much fun!

    ...stopping by from SITS...

    Steph @ Stick It in the Fridge

    pleasestickitinthefridge.blogspot.com

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  2. hello from SITS :) i love the cornmaze. & pumpkin patch. we are going to our local one this Sunday afternoon.

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  3. What great photos. Eveyrone's going to a real pumpkin patch but me. My son is back from yosemite so we are going on saturday. I hope to find a real patch with a corn maze cause I don't want to be buying pumpkins out of a safeway parking lot.

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  4. Ohhhhh!!!! I wish there was a corn maze around us. HOW COOL! But thanks, because I could feel my frustration building, wondering if ya'll would make it out of there. I had to laugh about the post it notes and M&Ms. Greg has an iphone, so I'll make sure he gets a compass put on it too. Lol. GREAT shots with the gourds and pumpkins!!!

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  5. Been through the corn maze one time - that was enough for me. But I love to go to pumpkin patches, buy ghords, drink apple cider -- halloween is my favorite holiday~! Wish Oct. lasted about four months long....Stopping by from SITS to say hello...

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  6. Years ago when we had a family reunion I took my cousins kids to the corn maze, they were "amazed" since they had grown up in Las Vegas and had only ever picked up pumpkins where a truck had dumped them in the desert!

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  7. I've never been through a corn maze. I have to wonder if at some point I wouldn't have a panic attack feeling trapped! I would hope I could avoid that and just have fun. Looks like you did. :)

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  8. "wondering why he'd paid five dollars to become hopelessly lost,"

    It's late and I'm trying so hard not too laugh too hard and wake anyone up, but that was soooo funny! Your poor hubby!

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  9. Oh my word, I can't imagine how trapped I'd feel in there...I think you did what I'd do!! Way to survive it!!!

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  10. Great pictures. Does someone come to get you if you never find your way out? I agree with Erin. I think you have terrific survival skills.

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  11. FUN! Almost makes me want to head back north...almost ;)

    Have a great day!

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  12. Wow! Just looked at the paintings at the bottom of the blog. Gorgeous! I loved the trip through the Corn Maze. Probably will be my only one this year.

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  13. I've never been to a corn maze but it looks like fun!!! Your pics are great:)

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