Monday, October 24, 2011


It finally happened!!!
I went to the pumpkin patch!

If you haven't had the misfortune of encountering me within the last, ohhhh, two months... you need to realize something: I've been talking about the pumpkin patch since late August.  And yesterday, my friends and I actually went!

It was entertaining to compare our first Bay Area pumpkin patch excursion to the memories we all had of trips to the 'patch with our families (back in the day because we obviously don't make special trips home to go to the pumpkin patch at home or anything....k, that happened last year).

Anyways, we started off on our adventure at 11am!  With bellies full of oatmeal and eyes filled with excitement! Seriously.. there are some pictures with "crazy eyes" that had to be edited.  keep on the lookout for them.

In order to get there, we had to take the bart into the city then take the Muni to our friends house to get his car to drive to the pumpkin patch... sound exhausting?  It sure was!

So, because we're responsibly college students, we all brought homework for the trip -- which didn't end up happening because we were giggling the entire time (Bart passengers moved away from us...)

By the time we got to West Portal, where my friend, James, lives -- we were hungry!

He mentioned Squat and Gobble and I was more than game.... any restaurant title with the word "gobble" in it has to be amazing

The boys (James and Tommy) headed to get subs, while the ladies (me, Annie, and Lisa) popped in to order ginormous salads and take a squat to wait for our orders... ahah. funny.

I went with the Asian Chicken Salad -- it included a freshly-grilled chicken breast, ramen noodles, onions, sliced veggies, peanuts, fresh cilantro, watercress... it was one of the best salads I've had in awhile!  And their Asian Soy Sesame dressing was delicious.

We ended up getting our orders to-go and heading to James' beautiful house in San is such a classic.  Check out his weird halloween decor, though...

Is that a baby hanging from a spider?

The inside was just as stunning (I felt like a tourist taking pictures of everything... go figure).

Since Tommy and I were rocking matching flannels (for our pumpkin patch attire, duh) we decided to take awkward couple pictures all day... seriously... it didn't get old.

Other findings in James' household:

THEN, we all jumped into his car - stick shift on those SF hills?!?! crazy - and started the drive to Arata Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay.

Windows down. Music blasting (Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine). Sun shining. Gorgeous views. Great friends. It was a perfect Sunday.

And before we knew it, we had arrrrived!!!!
Welcome to Arata Pumpkin Patch!

We started off the day with some much-needed pumpkin fondling and some extremely mature posed pictures with assorted squashes...Annie

Cutest baby pumpkin. Almost.

Then we stupidly decided to cash in our tickets to enter the two-acre hay maze of death... I swear.  The first five minutes we were all excited, and then it was just a ruiner of hopes and dreams.  This thing had spirals of hell and dead ends galore...

Hidden in the maze, was a minotaur who would give you a golden pumpkin if you found him!

First five minutes...

Finding the minotaur and the golden pumpkin!! Mine was a dinker.

The next 45 minutes of ridiculousness... 
We got a little stir-crazy and started goofing off.

Finally... we took an emergency exit out of the maze.. we gave up.  We're quitters.  BUT we had to go pumpkin picking! Duh.

More maturity.

My small dwarf albino pumpkin.

My new earrings.

James' barrel o' pumpkins for his mamamama!

We stopped at McDonalds for some treats before heading home, dropping off the car, caching the Muni, taking the Bart, taking the bus, and finally getting back to our real homes.

I got a Vanilla soft-serve

andddd we all split this new discovery:
Pumpkin Pie?!?!?!?!?!!?
What is this?!

Delicious, that's what it is.

Anyways, we spent the rest of the night exhausted but happy - andddd we were stuck doing homework until midnight :) so worth it. 

I'm so excited!

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