It’s that time of year when all of the leaves decide they like the dirt better than their safe haven among the branches, so they float down to the last remaining blades of grass to slumber for the winter before they are born again next year.
October is the month that most people start to put pumpkins on their porch, and creating their costumes for the candy gathering that will take place at the end of the month. Here in Minnesota we celebrate the Halloween spirit by hosting large events such as Trail of Terror and ValleyScare. Trail of Terror is packed with many large mazes and fun houses. ValleyScare is the local theme park (Valley Fair) but it’s got a frightening twist to it. Many of the rides are open, but they become twice the scare in the dark. Both of these places are great, but sadly they aren’t great for small kids, so we wont be attending either one this year.
However, we did go to Pumpkins in the Park, which was a lovely little trick-or-treating trail set up for tiny kids. Collette and Marty’s little brother Wesley had a great time there!
Marty and I also went on an Autumn horse ride at River Valley Horse Ranch. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this place to anyone. This place was gorgeous, and probably one of the prettiest places I’ve gone riding. There was a wonderful forest that surrounded the ranch that we got to ride through, and several lakes that we rode past. The horses were great and seemed happy for the most part, though they didn’t seem like they got any one on one time for grooming. When asked what my riding skill was I explained that I’ve been riding my entire life, and the woman who had asked me scoffed and said “sure you have.” Our guide was on her cell phone the entire ride, and never paid any attention to the people riding behind her, which would have been fine, except that there were only 3 people who knew how to ride, out of a group of 11 riders. So, we wont be going back there.
After the horse ride, we met up with some friends at Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard to pick some apples and just have some fun! We ended up wandering through the trees for a while, eating most of the apples that we picked. I also took some photos of our friends (they wanted some couple photos!) while we were there. Collette wasn’t super excited about this place, but she did eat some apple with us when she wasn’t picking them up off of the ground to throw them!
Well, that’s been my Autumn in Minnesota so far. It has started to snow a bit already, though it’s not sticking to the ground yet… knock on wood.
Hopefully winter holds off until after Halloween! Can’t wait to get photos of our costumes to share with you! We’re doing an Alice in Wonderland theme this year.
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Thanks for reading!
All photos are mine.
Family photo at the top was taken by Marty’s dad; Mike.