Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fall Color Tour

My MIL has been in town helping us unpack and get settled in the house. She had to leave today to drive back up north. So this morning we took a break from unpacking and went to visit a couple of stops on the Loudoun County Farm Tour going up Route 15 on Grammy's way out of town.


First we stopped at the Temple Hall Farm Regional Park. This is yet another one of the wonderful parks of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) that I love. It's kind of hard to see in the photo above, but the yellow sign says the regional park authority is inviting people to "GET LOST!" in the corn maze.

We saw some of these...
and lots of these...
And a bunch of these...
And a few of these...
And lots of these...

We saw many varieties of horses, ponies, pigs, turkeys, and chickens.

The parking lot attendants were pretty intimidating, too.

Man it was COLD out today. Note how ES is bundled up in the picture above. The car dashboard told me it was 58F outside, but it was also WINDY, and the wind was sucking every ounce of heat from the exposed skin of my face and hands.


Activity-wise, they had the corn maze, a pig race, a tractor ride pulling little cars painted like cows, but the thing ES seemed to enjoy the most was the CORN GUN. (Go figure.)

FIRE!
[Psss-THUNK!]
(See the corn flying through the air?)

The corn maze looked like fun, but (a) it cost $10 per adult and $8 per child, and (b) my nose was starting to run all down my face from the cold wind, and I needed to find a kleenex.

Next up, we headed up Route 15 a little ways to the Farmer John's Wayside Fruit and Vegetable market.

It was really cool to see this place after being in Hawaii for so long. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of beautiful things to see in Hawaii, too - especially the tropical flowers and rainbows. Even so, it was good to be back in Virginia. I tried to capture a different kind of rainbow with my camera at Farmer John's.

Let's see... how does the color spectrum go again? ROYGBIV...

Red...
Man I missed GOOD, fresh tomatoes while we were in Hawaii.

Red and Orange...

Orange...

Yellow...

Green...

Green...

Green...

Blue...
Okay, blue was the one color I had a hard time finding at the farm stand. This was the best I could do.

Indigo and Violet...

Overall, it was a beautiful drive up Route 15 through the Loudoun County countryside.

We said farewell to Grammy as she headed north, and we headed back down to Leesburg to grab some lunch and then home to continue working on things around the house (hanging curtains, installing lights, unpacking and putting stuff away...).

There are many more farms open during the farm tour, and it's going on again tomorrow, so I encourage you to go out and enjoy it if you're in the area.

6 comments:

C said...

Those veggies look nice. :) I wish it'd been warm enough out here this year for my tomatoes to ripen. I got two fully ripe off of three gigantic plants.

Hilary said...

Wonderful photos, Blunoz! I'm a big fan of vibrant colour and particularly of Roy G Biv.
As you can see, great minds think alike. ;)

David'Z RantZ said...

"Corn Maze." I like it. Nice pun ("maize/maze"), But I'm with ES. I like the corn gun better.

Sagey said...

David,
They actually called it a "Corn Maize"! :-)

David'Z RantZ said...

Well, it's still clever, unless they thought that "maze" and "maize" were both spelled M-A-I-Z-E, which would still be kinda clever, but not as clever, and...

I am so confused!

Hilary said...

Let's 'ear it for corn puns! ;)