Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Picking at Denver Downs

This past weekend, we made a trip to Denver Downs farm, which has a pumpkin patch and fall fun on the weekends in October. We went to a pumpkin patch last year in Michigan, so we've started a yearly tradition.

The first attraction we saw when we got inside the gate was the cow ride. We were apprehensive on whether or not Brady could handle this on his own, but he walked right up to a cow and wanted to get in. He got buckled in and the tractor pulled him away. Unlike the typical "baby" Brady that we know, he stayed in his seat the whole time and was calm. We completely expected him to try and jump out even though he was buckled in. Watching him ride, I was struck with how big he's getting and I started to tear up. He's not my little baby anymore. We definitely came back to this ride before we left.

The hay mini maze for the younger kids. Brady loved it in there and we came back to it on our way out. He was very upset when it was time to leave.

The goat pen. I was amazed that there were goats up on that top beam!

The "corn box"

Brady was a little young for a few of the attractions, but this looked very cool. It was like a little hay obstacle course and there were even swings up there!

Trying to roll the pumpkin because it was too heavy to pick up. It ended up weighing in at 15lbs!

He loves to run, so this is daddy herding him back to our pumpkin.

Brady wouldn't sit by the pumpkin like last year (pictured below), but he was more than happy to sit ON the pumpkin ;)

What a difference a year makes! Brady was 8 months old last Halloween and this was at a pumpkin patch in Michigan.

The perfect pumpkin

They are famous for their amazing corn maze designs and each year, have a new, elaborate design. Pictured above is the design for this year commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the start of the Civil War (yes, we're definitely in the South). Normally, the corn stalks reach about 6-8 feet high (so that you can't see above them), but this year we've had a drought, so there were 7 straight weeks without rain. This meant that the corn was not able to grow very high. Pictured below is the corn maze. You can clearly see the people and it only reached about as high as our knees. It was a bummer that it couldn't grow to full height, but you can't control the weather.

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