Hawes Pumpkin Patch

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We’ve been to pumpkin patches before, in two different states: North Carolina’s had a notable hay ride, that Brendon enjoyed and the Hawaii patch was so stinking hot both years I couldn’t wait to get our pumpkins back home each time.

This year we tried out Hawes Historic Farm in sunny California. I wasn’t sure what to expect at $15 per person and so thankful my mom won tickets and offered to take us! There’s no way I could’ve predicted this experience: pony rides, gem panning, corn mazes, roller coaster, zip line, pig races, cow ride, stage coach, train ride, giant corndogs, jumping pumpkin, mechanical bull, goat feeding …and the list goes on…

More akin to a mini fair, this pumpkin patch is an all-day affair, well at least FOUR solid hours in the warm Fall weather. A great time was had by all, although I would NOT suggest the giant corndogs, especially as a vacation from our usual vegetarian diet. That was a critical mistake for hubby, but other than that this place is definitely worth the visit, with one caveat – no pumpkin is included in the entry fee.

The day in pictures below:

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Very ingenious half barrel cow cars pulled by a tractor. Brendon kept shooing us away so they could have some “private time”. Ha! You know, they are big kids now.

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Not just for kids! Although, a little rough with a 32″ inseam.

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The ZIPline!! The boys were very excited. Okay, so was I. Turns out there isn’t a lot of drop; we ended up pushing them and making it into a little workout for the adults. We also tried our hand, Papa David too!, at riding the zip. (Visited this TWICE)

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The part I was most looking forward to – the Roller Coaster. The boys insisted on riding together, which was quite entertaining. John wasn’t scared at all and Brendon leaned on him, eyes closed, talking the entire time about how scared he was. By the final lap (we did 10 since there was no line) Brendon liked it and we rode the coater again later. Hands up!!

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Vance and John went rogue at one point and were spotted on the roller coaster and then the kiddie play area (corn sandbox, play structure, swings and ducky races).

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Pony rides into the cornfield. Mutton bustin’ here we come!!

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Why do kids love swings so much?

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The ducky races. If only more than three pumps would be working, could’ve really been fun. Hawes are you reading this?

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Something about watching these kids bounce to the country music on the speakers makes me feel as if I’m looking into their future dance party.

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Took a ride on the stagecoach. Brendon and I rode on the top, while the rest of our party enjoyed the comfort of the coach. Hard to imagine traveling many miles in this manner. This is not included with admission, but worth the fee.

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A ride on walnut express. It heads through the walnut groves, where someone may or may not have leaned down and got some fresh fallen walnuts.

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The balloon animals were one of the cash only stops in the place – I would not recommend them. Only because balloons and farms don’t mix. The purple dog didn’t make it to the car and we were in a puddle of tears. The turtle lost part of his shell, but he survived.

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