Going to a pumpkin patch for the first time? There’s a lot the internet doesn’t tell you!
While I’ve always been excited to see posts of people’s pumpkin picking adventures, I’ve never actually made it to a pumpkin patch myself. It just never seemed an activity to do when the temperatures were in the high 90’s well through October, as they tend to be where I grew up. Instead I’d pick my pumpkins in air-conditioned supermarkets. But with The Pumpkin Patch only a short drive from my new home and temperatures definitely feeling like fall, how could I not go on a pumpkin picking adventure of my own?
I’ll admit, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. Blog posts across the web show the experience to be pure autumn fun, complete with cute outfits and perfect pumpkins. It made picking what to wear tricky. How do I look that cute when my friends told me to wear shoes I wouldn’t mind having destroyed by the end of the day. My cute leather boots were definitely out right? I feel a little silly now, having worried about these things. What I should have focused on was all the fun I was going to have!
We got lost in a corn maze and worked as a team to find our way out. We ate corn on the cob so fresh and sweet we almost couldn’t believe it. We took a hayride to a field full of pumpkins still attached to the vine, spread out so far we could hardly believe it. We shopped local produce and house-made jams. The whole day was filled with fun, no worries needed.
I did learn a few things for next time, though, as I’ll surly be back for more pumpkin adventures next year. I learned that rain boots are the ideal footwear, or at least something easy to hose off. Better to wear old jeans than cute tights, as jeans will hold up to mud and straw much better than I imagine anything less sturdy would. I learned to dress comfortably because fun is about to be had, and there is no reason to worry about keeping your clothes in place.
I didn’t get the same cute outfit photos as many people before, but I sure hope they had as much fun as I did. I’m just happy to have finally experienced the pumpkin patch for myself and that I get to check another thing off my Portland Bucket List.