The one outdoor October activity I don’t get is corn mazes. It’s just walking around with no scenery except corn stalks. A flower maze I could get behind, but corn? Maybe I’m scarred from a way-too-young viewing of “Children of the Corn” at a sleepover birthday party in elementary school, but I’m convinced no one really likes them, because they are super boring. They’re just one of those things we’re supposed to like, so everyone fakes it, even kids. Last year my mom, brother, sister-in-law, 2-year-old nephew, my friend Nancy, her 1-year-old and I all went into the corn maze at Lyman Orchard. Ten minutes in and we were all ready to leave, including the two toddlers.
Anyway, yes, I’m still talking about October. And so is Mr. Nathaniel Hawthorne, so I believe I am in very good company.
“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. The sunshine is peculiarly genial; and in sheltered places, as on the side of a bank, or of a barn or house, one becomes acquainted and friendly with the sunshine. It seems to be of a kindly and homely nature. And the green grass strewn with a few withered leaves looks the more green and beautiful for them. In summer or spring nature is farther from one’s sympathies.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne
Things to do in Connecticut in October
In case you’re not quite in the moment yet, here are some ideas based on where I daytripped last October.
Daytripped to Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret, Connecticut.
I spent a rainy afternoon at Bushy Hill Orchard in Granby, Connecticut.
Daytripped to Lost Acres Farm in North Granby, Connecticut.
Spent a morning with my adorable nephew at the Hill-Stead Museum Farmers Market.
On another note: I cannot believe my blog will turn one next week!13