Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paula and June's Most Excellent Adventure

Warning: Graphic intensive

Yesterday my friend Paula, her husband Sam, and I embarked on a Halloween adventure to Apple Annie's in Willcox, AZ. Our mission: seek the Great Pumpkin, wander through the corn maze, and gather a bounty of vegetables in the fields.

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The first thing to do when embarking on an outing to Apple Annie’s is to stop by Stout’s Cider Mill at Exit 340 on I-10 for a taste of their cider and place your order for one of their humongous homemade apple pies for pickup after the Apple Annie’s excursion.

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Then we were off to Apple Annie’s Orchard where we found apples and pumpkins, purchased apple cakes in the bakery, bought boxes of homemade fudge and cute pumpkin hats—don’t we look adorable? Yes, of course we do.

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We bought Bolga Baskets made from elephant grass by farm families in Bolgatanga, Ghana, West Africa. Proceeds go back to the makers to supplement their unpredictable crop income.

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The sunflowers are past their prime, but we did find a few still blooming.

Next was a short drive to Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkin Farm. More pumpkins ensued, of course, but our prime purpose was to walk the Corn Maze and pick veggies in the fields. This is my first ever trip to a maze.

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The maze is cut into 18 acres of corn and has over 6 miles of pathways, but clues lead you through. Paula and I were the only people in the maze, Sam stayed at the beginning in case we got lost and needed a search party. Here we’re giggling because they’re letting two directionally-challenged crazy women venture into the maze unsupervised.

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Hey, guess what, Paula? There’s actually corn in this maze.

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Do you think we need to carry some kernels to mark our way?

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Which way do we go?

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Sam was waiting at the exit to capture our exultant emergence as we skipped happily, thoroughly “amazed” not to be permanently lost.

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Conquering the maze earned us a patch.

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Next was a bit of picking in the fields, this is in the black-eye pea section. We came home with green beans as well as green tomatoes which I’m going to fry.

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Did you know black-eye peas look like this, Paula? I’ve only ever seen them in a can.

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We made a quick stop back at the wonderful Stout’s General Store to pick up our monster apple pies and our most excellent adventure was done. Thank you, Sam, for being our chauffer, photographer, and all-around good guy in putting up with us.


Kristie said...

Oh my dog, you look ADORABLE in your punkin berets. Too much.

Yummers! said...

I'm back... reading other's blogs and posting on my blog! Come visit!!

What a fun adventure!! I would have just been happy with one of those fantastic apple pies!! I'm hooked on apple donuts and cider at our farm stands. YUMMY!!

Your hats are so chic... hee, hee! You can't go wrong with a pumpkin on you head!!

Now to catch up with missed posts of yours!

Lorrie said...

A most excellent adventure, indeed! I love the giggles, the hats, the sense of fun!


FinnyKnits said...

OoH! I've always wanted to walk through the corn maze! There's a huge one outside of town, but we've never gone all the way out there just so I can act a fool in the corn.

Looks like fun. Especially the monster pie part ;)

African Kelli said...

You are too funny; I love the hats. And I have to agree with Finny -- you had me at pie.

Thimbleanna said...

How fun! You look like you had a fantastic time -- look at the two of you giggling -- that's just adorable! I think they should change the name of corn maze to corn maize -- yes??? ;-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh wow! This looks like such a fun day, June! Those apple pies look unbelievably good! My mouth is watering.

I love the pumpkin hats, the basket and the fact that you are directionally-challenged as I am too! I laugh when people tell me that they want me to take them around NYC because of my blog posts..lol...they should only know how often I get lost and have to call my husband for subway or street directions..lol

Diane Schuller said...

Oh June, this looks like you two had a blast!! And those giant apple pies are something I'd have expected to see in Texas :)

Storybook Woods said...

Perfect, perfect fall day. Yes you look adorble xoxoxo Clarice

Bridgett said...

Oh...yummy, yummy pies! Those look just DELICIOUS!

And what an incredible day. You ladies are too funny. :)