Saturday 1 October 2011

The Maze

Saturday adventures are one of my favorite things; I love to break out of my comfort zone and explore new places with my family. This afternoon we decided to take the kids out to a corn maze, which is literally a maze created out of corn stalks. Corn season is over here but the stalks remain until mid-October, so some farm owners cut paths into their corn fields, in the form of creative shapes and designs. The design that we tackled today was the Grey Cup 2011 logo (the championship event for the CFL, which happens to be next month in the city in which I live). Looks simple? I assure you, it is anything but...

The entrance and exit are in the same place, on the right hand side of the photo, near the buildings. Once you enter the maze you follow the paths in search of numbered posts, in order from 1-10. The first 8 we found very quickly, and I was starting to think we were pretty darn good at this! Then sign #9 took a little longer than the rest, and then we got totally stuck. Towards the top right corner of the maze is a lookout (1 of 2 lookouts in the maze) and from there we kept going around in circles, trying to find our way out. We tried every possibly path and turn (or so we thought) and yet kept returning to the lookout again. To add to our frustration, there was another family lost in the same spot, so every time we took the wrong path, we'd run into them, again, meaning that we were going the wrong way. The corn stalks are about 12 feet high and densely planted, so not only can you not see anything but the sky above you, you must stay on the path or you'll get really lost.

Eventually we found our way out, with the entire task taking us just under an hour and a half. It was loads of fun and a great way to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise with the kids (I love those activities in which the kids are having so much fun that they don't realize they're exercising!). But of course, me being a D-mom, kept thinking, what if Dylan was to get low while we're literally lost in a maze? Yes, I had dextrose tabs with me, and glucagon, but still, it was a very vulnerable feeling nonetheless...

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