Today we went to Arata's Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay, about 30 minutes south of SF down Highway 1.
So many pumpkins...
And so many different kinds...
Some were especially bright
But my group most admired the famously slate blue-grey Jarrahdales. Aren't they lovely?
The warty kind make great jack-o'-lanterns.
But, alas. We are traditionalists.
What is the golden ornament you ask? Well, it wasn't all about pumpkins...
We actually came for the straw labyrinth. I've always wanted to visit a real labyrinth.
"Available June through November, the labyrinth, made of 10,000+ straw bales, covers approximately 2.5 acres and is in its 6th year of construction. Every year boasts a different design with spirals, concentric circles and arenas with multiple games, corridors, and hallways."
We were told it could take an hour, but with Guy at point it took about 15 minutes.
I loved all the big halls
And secret doors. When you push a door open, you "create a new opening to your path...[and] close off someone else's."
This was the most fun I've had in weeks! I did it twice. (You only have to pay once.)
I found the minotaur on my second try! He gave me a golden pumpkin.
Other attractions include the following:
I'm sorry we didn't tour the Haunted Barn, which a brochure describes as 5000-7000 square feet of "complete darkness with lighted props propelled by air and appearing out of nowhere to haunt you. It is guaranteed to scare or startle you, so we ask little ones be accompanied by adults." I'm sorry we missed it!
But we couldn't pass up the petting zoo, which was mostly just a goat pen.