A-Maize-ing!

Kimmer and I both love fall. Kimmer more than me (of course it’s also college football season), but I have come to appreciate it as well.

A couple of years ago we took our niece Emma to a corn maze in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We had fun but we all got bored with it quickly. I guess I’ve always loved the “idea” of the corn maze, but in actuality, there was still a question. So when we saw the Great Vermont Corn Maze, we had to stop and give it a shot.

Dana and her husband, Mike, develop the corn maze every winter and create the paths in the summer to prepare for the adventurers of the fall. Both are physical therapists and have been lucky enough to be able to take the summers off for the past 13 years to dedicate time to the maze, which helps pay taxes on the 1,000 acre family farm.

After a few hairpin turns, which got us up the mountain to the site, we walked up and paid our $12 each. We were given our GPS card (titled – General Positioning System). The card has circles around the outside and Dana gave us a few instructions and wished us luck.

Dana and Mike have placed hole punchers throughout the maze, each with a unique design that, once used to punch your card, should make it possible to find your position and get to the path that gets you out of the maze. She explained that, once we get out, we can use the stamps to see our trail. Great idea, because after an hour of mindless wondering, I want to know where I went wrong.

So we entered maze and the first decision we had to make was which of the four paths – labeled Eeny, Meeny, Minni and Moe – to take. So we used the little rhyme to make our decision, and surprise, it was Moe.

Of course, we have to go in with a plan. Plan A: Go right at every intersection. This worked for a little bit but then we ended back up at the beginning. Dratz!

Plan B: We chose Meeny this time, and did all rights again. Soon, we were exiting on Eeny. So then we tried Miney but that didn’t go well either. So, Plan D, we went back down Moe but this round going left every time.

After adding many more punches to our card, we still hadn’t made progress and realized we were just adding duplicate punches to our card. So, we officially gave up and followed the kids’ path to the exit. We ended up in the maze for a little over an hour and probably walked a couple of miles. It was great fun and a great set-up.

After making our way back to the entrance, we were able to look on the aerial map to see exactly where each hole punch was located. We were surprised to see our punches were quite spread out and we had walked from one end to the next. We never did make it to the points needed to exit with success but it was a great adventure, and highly recommended for anyone with kids, or with a husband who is child-like.

Our final GPS card.