It's not often that my son and I get an entire unplanned day together. Today we did! He was off due to the elementary school teachers preparing report cards, and I thought with the cool mornings we've been having it would be the perfect time to grab breakfast together then pick out our pumpkins for Halloween.
It's become a tradition that we wait until the week of to grab our gourds. For us it really kicks-off an entire week that's filled with many fun activities. But today we did something different. Instead of heading to the pop-up patch down the road, we headed into Simi Valley to visit Underwood Family Farms.
Underwood was established many years ago as a grower of fresh vegetables and fruits within Ventura County. Now they've expanded to host parties, have a well-maintained petting zoo, and numerous areas for children to play and enjoy rides. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere and a bit of a drive, but completely worth it if you hit it on a good day-which we did. After enjoying a breakfast of pumpkin pancakes at a local diner, we arrived just as it was opening.
We knew the quiet wouldn't last forever so I took a few pictures, then let Jackson decide where we were going to go. It was a good call! What started out as empty filled up with busloads of school children by the hours end. Thankfully, we were able to do everything we came to do.
Going down the combine slide, climbing the giant bales of hay, examining the giant pumpkins and picking four of our own, taking a tractor ride around the farm, and running through a dried corn labyrinth ensured that we did it all and had a great time doing it. Should you find yourself at the Farm, stop by their produce stand on the way out. Their products are divine, and one in particular will be used tomorrow morning for my breakfast.
Enjoy our pictures!