Spent the day at Sauvie Island on Saturday! It’s about a thirty-minute drive from our apartment and we took a nice, winding drive through tall trees filled with blending colors of orange, red, and yellow. The minute we arrived, I felt like a little kid again, with so many fun distractions calling for my attention. Pumpkin patches, a corn maze, petting zoo, farmer’s market, face painting, kettle corn and candy apples, hay rides, and everything we needed to fully experience Fall in Oregon.
The Kettle Corn stand was our first stop because it’s just too good to resist. I was happy to notice that they were offering VEGAN cheese popcorn as well, which I’ve never seen before, but cheese popcorn was never really my thing so I passed. With our food source and some water, Cole and I headed into the maze.
While I’ve always enjoyed corn mazes, having been to one in San Marcos, TX most years when I was younger, there was never a time where I remember actually following a map. I seemed to let my parents or friends take the lead on that and instead, I liked going aimlessly through the corn stalks without caring where I was. To follow the map was to lead me to the end-the end of the fun. So Cole and I began without the map, passing tons of adorable families stopping at posts they had throughout where you could find a secret hidden treasure by answering questions and doing an extra worksheet. While it wasn’t something I wanted to do, it was the cutest thing hearing the kids scream out answers and lead their parents this way and that. Twice, we ran into a boy who must’ve been in his early teens, who warned us of the massive mud piles and pointed out where the next scarecrow checkpoint was. I’d bet this kid had been through the maze several times. Cole picked up the map about halfway through and I pretended like I knew where we were going. By the end, I was checking the map as well and we made it to the end in one piece.
A little hayride took us out to the pumpkin patch. Being that it’s pretty late in October, the field was a little sparse, but we joked that it could be worse since we recently watched the Stranger Things episode where all of the pumpkins were rotting and swarmed with flies. We had considered getting a pumpkin from the patch just to be traditional, but our hearts weren’t really in it and we figured we could just buy one for a cheaper price at our nearby grocery store 🙂 Besides, thinking back, my parents rarely took me to pumpkin patches, and we never got our pumpkins at the patch either. Though, noticing how some of the kids were like little devils who kicked and threw some of the poor pumpkins, screaming and kicking up mud, maybe my parents knew the kind of behavior the patches brought out. I was so close to saying something to them when a more sophisticated mother asked them to stop. Can you guess how little that did?
As we walked around, I was just staring at all of these kids who had their faces painted with dolphins and flowers, spiders and unicorns, and I thought, I want one too. My parents were great parents, like I said they took my siblings and I to the corn maze and various other events, but they also were not a fan of wasting money on useless things. So just to clarify, face painting = useless. This useless category also consisted of temporary hair dye, sparkly tattoos, personal name bracelets, and those cartoon character drawings. I do completely understand how none of that stuff is actually needed, and I don’t blame them, but I saw the face paint, wanted it, boy did I want it, and realized that I am an adult who is fully capable of making the decision that I was going to get it. Six dollars later, I had no regrets. In fact, I’m still wearing it more than twelve hours later as I wrote this post. I fell asleep in it, it’s halfway smeared, and my eyebrow keeps itching but I can’t let it go just yet.
I realized as we drove away that I completely forgot about the petting zoo and there was this adorable piggy running around. I wanted to pet his little pink belly so bad. I told Cole we’re just going to have to find a farm sanctuary soon so I can go cuddle on some pigs and goats and cows.
We would have stayed longer and tried some of the alcoholic cider they had or some of the falafel gyros, but Cole had to work. They also had a haunted house that started a little after dark, so we may try to squeeze in another trip on Monday if we have time.
What are some things you do to celebrate Fall? Do you have a favorite place to go? Ooh, do you have any good recipes we should try? Let me know in the comment section! 🙂