Ahhh, Fall. Crisp dry leaves crunch underfoot as you wander through a pumpkin patch in the autumn sunshine, right?
Maybe somewhere else. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. We do things a little differently around here.
Around here you have to be prepared to embrace the idea of “no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,” if you wish to be sure of having a good time. Or at least have the philosophy of, “I can put up with anything if there is mulled cider to warm up with after.”
It rains here. A lot. So a trip to the pumpkin patch means slipping around on soggy leaves, squelching through mud, and remembering to wipe the mud off the pumpkins to be sure they’re not smooshed on the side. Now, we’ve been lucky this year and had a very dry fall, but still, it was pouring on our weekend trip to the Apple Barn in Abbotsford. This is a combination pumpkin patch and apple orchard – two awesome places in one! Actually, there was a third thing, a giant play structure that included slides, climbing stuff, and a tennis-court sized pillow to jump on, but the weather meant these were closed.
Even in a location where people are used to the rain, the pumpkin patch was a pretty lonely spot. But this meant we had ample opportunity to find good pumpkins. Carly had her ideas as to what constituted the perfect pumpkins for her purposes, so I amused myself by watching the small ones get muddy.
We had fun!
Of course there was hot apple cider to warm up with once we’d selected our pumpkins, a shop with honey, apples, and pies, and a cider press operation to peer at. There were also the obligatory hay rides (we passed – needed to keep the kids more active than that would’ve been) and pumpkin wagons for photo ops.
Then home, to create wonderful things.