We had so much fun at the pumpkin patch last year that we decided to give it another go this fall. And evidently it's cheap and/or easy to operate a pumpkin patch/hayride/corn maze because they are EVERYWHERE. Everyone I talked to had gone to a different one, but they all seemed to have had a good time so we thought it would be pretty hard to go wrong and we used 'proximity to our house' as our selection criteria.
Ozark Corn Maze it is! It's a new place in Cave Springs featuring a 5 1/2 acre corn maze in the shape of a…
And as Colt's luck would have it, the Ozark Corn Maze had some special guests that particular day. The Cave Springs Fire Department!
So – duh – we had to start there. Colt took off toward the fire truck, but as soon as we got there he clammed up and wanted nothing to do with it. He reluctantly accepted his "Deputy Fire Chief" sticker before clamping his arms around my neck. Done. With. Fire. Truck. Ok… We'll come back later.
Not to worry, it only took us about four seconds to find something else with wheels.
We took the hayride out to the pumpkin patch and Colt spent the entire time waving at and admiring the tractor pulling us. It was so nice to be out in the warm sunshine. Last year we were all bundled up and a little soggy. This year we were in t-shirts and covered in dust.
We finally arrived at the pumpkin patch and the real fun could start. Colt was a little confused by the pumpkins – not knowing exactly what to do with them.
Mama – do they need a hug?
Or a kiss?
Or maybe some hair?
Mama, does the pumpkin want to wear my Deputy Fire Chief sticker?
Oh – maybe this one needs a pep talk.
After Colt spent some quality time with the pumpkins, he was ready to head back to the center of the action. The hayride made it back around to pick us up and he could hardly wait to climb back on. Having not been overly interested in picking out a pumpkin – he picked out something a little more his style.
Back on solid ground and after stowing the rock in a safe place, we wandered over to the petting zoo.
And then! The highlight of our trip!
A big pile of dirt!
Well, mulch. I'm not even kidding. We finished up playing with the goats and pigs, and we stumbled upon a bunch of kids running up and down a big pile of mulch. And LOVING it. And no one likes running. Or dirt. More than this kid.
You can't make this stuff up. We paid $7 each to pick out a pumpkin and get lost in the corn maze — and the dirt pile is where it's at.
THAT'S some good dirt. And from up there, he had a much better view of all things with wheels. Hi tractor!
Easily the biggest smiles of the entire morning.
It was all we could do to get him down off that thing. Lucky for us he's not smart enough to know that if you're on top of a hill and you try to run away – we win.
Look! More things with wheels!
…then quickly distracted by things with wheels that are ACTUALLY MOVING.
As promised, we swung back by the fire truck. And as suspected, this time he was all about it.
As we were leaving, thoroughly dirty and worn out and hungry, we realized we never even made it to the corn maze itself. What?! We potentially missed more dirt?! There's always next year.