It is a bit late to talk about it, but we went to a pumpkin patch in mid October with the U-family. Last year, Amy-san went there and said her family had a great time. The pumpkin patch was in an agricultural town called Hollister – about an hour drive south from San Jose takes us.
We met with the U-family in the parking lot around 3:30pm. The first thing we did was gem mining. It was just a silly activity that we buy a bag of dirt with gem stones already in it, put the dirt in a square box with a wire mesh bottom and look for the stones in the water. Still, every kid was happily working on it. Standing next to dragon who loves gem mining, A-chan, the first timer, liked it, too. The two spent quite a long time there.
We bought pumpkins for Halloween. As usual, we picked a huge one. Casey happened to dress like a pumpkin that day. His hat even looked like a stalk end. Princess was dressed in orange, too.
The weather was perfect. The main feature was a huge corn field maze. Once you are in it, you may end up walking for one hour or two. The maze was open during the day, but we decided to go at night. There were haunted houses in the maze and the monsters were supposed to be there at night. We bought the night tickets and went out to the town for dinner. While we were having the Mexican food, the night fell around us. When we were back at the patch, there was a long, long line of people waiting to buy the tickets. It looked like you had to wait for an hour or so. I was so glad that we had bought them earlier.
We were told that the maze might be hard for a wheelchair, so only dragon and I went in from our family. M-chan, a girl with a big curiosity, was so excited as if she was saying, “Of course, I’m going in.” There they were, all four of them from the U-family. Monster after monster appeared from every direction: from the sides, from above or in front of us. They were yelling so loud that we were worried that they might lose their voice. Dragon, very nervous at first, soon got used to them and started walking fearlessly.
About one hour later we were out of the maze. Casey and princess were watching “Sumo matches.” It was a silly game that you wear a Sumo costume, have it inflated with air and bump into one another. I watched with mixed feelings. “Sumo,” a national sport of Japan was being made fun of.... Well, but certainly it was funny and we laughed like crazy. Dragon wanted to do it but gave up because of the long waiting line.
The last activity of the night for us was the pumpking slingshot. This was super silly, too. Four of them pulled the huge sling with all their might and shot the pumpkin at a scrapped car. Of course they missed the target.
Everything we did was so silly but we had so much fun, just as Amy-san had said. Thank you, Amy-san, for letting us know about this place. When we left there around 10pm, the line to the ticket booth was still long.
(Photos are mostly taken by the U-family. Thank you!!)