Autumn has been here for the last few weeks but I love that the trees are still holding on to their leaves for as long as they can. It is so beautiful, especially when you go to places like Finch Arboretum or Audubon Park, where for once, you see more leafy trees than pines. Connor and I took an early morning walk through the park where we soaked in all the colors and smells of fall. I am hoping winter will hold off for another month or so!
All posts tagged autumn
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 11/05/2014
I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to have my hometown traditions back, including one of my all-time favorites for Autumn…Green Bluff farms! Maybe you remember last year’s search for a pumpkin patch while living in Denver. It didn’t go so well, and I was left without a pumpkin or caramel apple and really without any kind of experience at all. Since moving back, I have been looking forward to this day to revisit my favorite farms on the bluff, Siemer’s and Harvest House. How I missed the expansive rolling hills that look out to the mountains and over the valleys, the live music and people-watching, the sweet smells of warm pumpkin donuts and caramel apples. Autumn never feels complete without a trip to Green Bluff with out family. In fact, I feel like our family photos taken there each year show our growth the best from little kids to adults.
Soon we will be carving our pumpkins and this year we will be trying to use the pumpkin seeds to bake and eat as a snack! It seems crazy that we have never tried that, but it will be a new and fun experience to actually use all of those pumpkin guts. :)
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/15/2014
Remember how I was practically drooling over the thought and excitement of going to a pumpkin patch this last weekend? Well, it was a total fail and letdown. My friends and myself all piled in the car, drove an hour and a half, and ended up on an empty old farm that charged to see… an empty old farm. Needless to say, we turned right back around and drove an hour and a half back home. I was pretty bummed.
I thought I had done my research. I looked at websites that listed different pumpkin patch farms all over Colorado. The one we attempted to go to looked the best — it seemed like they offered at all. But they didn’t.
So, since my research obviously didn’t work out, I’m calling on the help of all locals. Help us find our new pumpkin patch tradition! We would love a farm where…
- it is open more than 1-2 days a year
- has free or cheap admission/parking (if I just want to walk around and enjoy the season, I don’t want to pay too much on top of paying for food and a pumpkin!)
- you can pick the pumpkins from the field, not out of a box
- they have tractor rides
- you can get lost in a corn maze, big enough for adults
- they have yummy food, or at least hot cocoa and caramel apples
- as a bonus, they have vendors or a gift shop with local crafts and art
Is there anything in Colorado like this?! We are open to any and all suggestions! In the meantime, I will be sitting here dreaming of Green Bluff. Here are some ideas of what a real pumpkin patch looks like! Our favorite farms on Green Bluff are Harvest House and Siemers. You can drive, and sometimes walk, from farm to farm, picking your favorite items for each one!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/15/2013
A visit to the pumpkin patch was definitely in order for the weekend. It’s a family tradition, I think, for many people to go to the farms, pick pumpkins from the field, drink cider and hot cocoa, eat caramel apples, run through corn mazes, take a tractor ride; all of that autumn harvest stuff. Greenbluff in Spokane, my hometown, has some of the most amazing sprawling farms, and they continue to grow and add events each year. It’s by far the best. Being new to Colorado, I haven’t found the local “greenbluff” comparison, but I’m definitely going to try! I sort of refuse to buy pumpkins from the grocery store, or ones that have already been picked from the farms. I want to be the one picking it from the farm!
Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. Wearing scarves, hats, and mittens, and bundling up in layers of jackets, and still needing Connor to warm up my nose is just the best. It’s already snowed here once in Colorado, and that was the strangest thing. I was worried that the fall season was going to get skipped, but I thought wrong. In the last few weeks, the colors of the trees and bushes have all changed. The oranges and reds cover the ground, and it is absolutely beautiful with a backdrop of blue and purple mountains. I now know why it is called “Colorful Colorado,” despite the plain green and white license plates. I’m hoping to get out this week and take some pictures and spend some time taking in the beauty of nature here! Stay tuned.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/13/2013
For a while now, I have been an advocate of exploring your own backyard, your neighborhood, your city. This weekend, the time we spent with Connor’s parents was limited, so we had to stay a bit closer to home, rather than wander all of the cities nearby. I love how Colorado’s cities merge into each other, I really just see it as one big place now, with different “neighborhoods” or “communities” rather than separate cities. Nevertheless, they are still cities, so this weekend, we stayed (for the most part) in Castle Rock. We didn’t do much on Friday except relax, but Saturday we spent the morning at a few antique stores, called The Emporium and The Barn. They were both great places with lots of unique items to offer.
We ate some lunch, and decided we were in the mood for a pumpkin patch or some festivity. We ended up driving to Littleton for a giant pumpkin contest, because we were going to be heading north later, anyway, to hit the arcades. Since the morning was full of shopping, the boys (Connor and his step-dad) were excited for some “man time” at Dave and Busters. We spent most of the evening there, snacking and playing games.
On Sunday, we had a late start to the morning, but indulged in some Colorado-made beer brats and guacamole in the backyard while we finished our family interviews for our genealogy book. It may seem like a “chore,” but it is so fun listening to memories and stories from our relatives. I am so happy we are taking the time to record these for our future generations to enjoy. After lunch, it was time for a hike to continue enjoying the beautiful weather. We drove to the base of the Castle Rock, then climbed to the very top. It was just as fun as I remember; a little hiking, a little climbing, and a great view at the top. We even spotted a few lizards.
To end the day, before taking the parents back to the airport, we just HAD to show them my favorite, Park Meadows mall. We mainly enjoyed the puppies, and I have been convinced by everyone to get one, eventually. We ate at PF Changs, for my first time, and Connor continues to be shocked/stunned/amazed by how much new foods I have been trying. It was all delicious, and it was a full tummy to drive to the airport. Have you ever noticed how beautiful the sky views are from airports? I always do, but it seems like Colorado has the most beautiful skies, anyway.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/01/2013