Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Visit to Diana's Pumpkin Patch in Canon City

Halloween was always a big deal for Holly. She loved it. When we lived in Bend we would go to the Central Oregon Pumpkin Patch (which is and probably always will be my favorite) every year. When we moved to Colorado we would make the drive up to Erie, CO to visit Anderson Farms. There were just too many memories to do that again this year. On the advice of a friend from work, we drove down to Diana's Pumpkin Patch in Canon City. A fine time was had by all.

It is far less commercial than other pumpkin patches we have been to. The corn maze is hand cut and has a Clue theme to it (at least this year) which includes a game card and "clues" scattered throughout the maze. Truth be told we only found about half of them before we were worn out and needed food. It is unique though and we had a lot of fun.

The overall operation of the pumpkin patch is somewhat small. There is a hay-ride that takes about 5 minutes. Just about perfect if you want to be able to check it off your list. It is just an out and back endeavor. It does not lead you to get your pumpkin, just a side trip of sorts in a hay-bale covered wagon pulled by a tractor.

There are some other activities as well. The one Sophie enjoyed the most was the giant barrel slide. She ran up the hay pyramid and slid down the slide probably 15 times. When we first got there, there was no line. She could just do a giant loop over and over. Later in the day the line would take about 10 minutes to make the whole loop. She made lots of friends in line and I don't think she minded having to wait at all.

The weather was fantastic. Probably too nice for my personal taste on a pumpkin getting expedition. They had a couple of large fire pits that would have been really cool to enjoy if the weather had not been so darn hot. In fact we all got a little sunburned and were dressed too warmly for the weather.

We had burgers and dogs for lunch and they were all pretty reasonably priced. In particular I liked the strawberry lemonade. They also had pie and other dessert like items. We passed on most of that as it was just too warm to eat something sweet.

Overall it was a lot of fun and something different that did not conjure up vivid memories of Holly. I miss those memories but I did not want to spend the day crying when I am trying to get Sophie out doing fun stuff and making positive memories of this year for her. It was a good alternative for this year for sure.

If you make the drive down from Colorado Springs (or over from Pueblo for that matter), make sure to drive through the small town (the actual town) of Florence. It was beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing colors. In fact, I wish I would have stopped and taken photos as we drove through. I will have to add that to the list for next year.

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