Fall Activities 2017

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before, but fall is probably my favorite season. Sweaters and baking and the weather and THE SMELL (seriously, fall smells awesome). I love it.

I also love all of the harvest festivals and autumnal activities that are included … and particularly in October. I was a bit busy this month – I did some of the following with B, but a lot by myself, too.

Littleton Harvest Festival

Every year, the town of Littleton puts on a free harvest festival at the Littleton Museum (which also has an old-timey farm). In past years, we’ve enjoyed pie and fresh pressed apple cider and delicious roast pig. Lately, though … it’s gotten more and more disappointing. I honestly don’t think I’ll even bother with it next year.

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Turkey on the farm.

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Pumpkin Festival

While the Pumpkin Festival is only one weekend, DBG Chatfield Farms has other fall-related events throughout most of September and October – corn maze, haunted corn maze, a pumpkin hauling race. We were only interested in the straight up festival. We didn’t buy a pumpkin, but we enjoyed wandering around.

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The story behind the “haunted” maze.

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Us.

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Photo op hay bales.

Dinos at the Denver Zoo

Okay, so this isn’t a yearly thing, but the Denver Zoo has had a dinosaur exhibit all summer that ends today, actually. In October, however, they made it into a “Dinos after Dark” thing that we didn’t go to, but all the decor was still up when we went in the morning a few weeks ago. For the purposes of this post, I’m mostly sharing the fall/Halloween-related stuff, but the actual animatronic dinosaurs were pretty dang awesome.

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Baby T. rex egg. True story – they sell this at Home Depot. We bought one for the house.

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It’s the Headless Horseman … oh … wait …

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Pumpkin triceratops.

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T. rex. Our buddy.

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Photo op dinosaur.

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Pumpkin T. rex.

Rock Creek Farm

We’ve gone to Rock Creek Farm in the past as it’s one of the best u-pick-pumpkin patches around … but three of the four pumpkins we bought (on the 20th that have been sitting in our garage) have started rotting. Not helpful if we want to carve all of them! Usually I would recommend this place, and maybe I still would, but maybe not for pumpkins.

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But aren’t the kidlets cute with their baby pumpkin?

Denver Botanic Gardens Glow at the Gardens

I was lucky with weather for pretty much all of these events, so I’m not terribly surprised that I ran into snow on the final one (it is Colorado, after all). The Denver Botanic Gardens did a Halloween-themed event this year and I really wanted to go … so I went on my own. Chunks of it are staying up for another few days as there is some Dia de los Muertos stuff as well. This, despite the snow and cold, was actually really enjoyable.

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I did the earlier of the two entry times … mostly for parking and traffic, but also for more crowd-avoidance. Problem was, sun hadn’t gone down yet.

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Pumpkin horse.

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The Chihuly got photobombed.

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Entrance display.

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Part of the Dia de los Muertos altar.

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My favorite of the many Dia de los Muertos sculptures.

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This would have been better if it hadn’t been so damn cold.

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Holidays, 2016

Not including Thanksgiving.

We kicked off our holiday season with a brunch at our house. Everyone does cocktail parties, so why not switch it up and do a brunch, right?

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Desserts.

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Muffins and lunch stuff.

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Bacon and nog toast. Egg nog french toast – only way to consume egg nog. Trust me on this one.

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Drinks. Plus we had coffee.

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Brandon’s corner (that is, the stuff he made).

This kind of ended up being an epic disaster, with people RSVPing and then not showing up and … terrible. We’re never hosting anything again.

In our continued adulting quest, we finally gave in and got a membership to the Denver Botanic Gardens (partially because they have a reciprocity program as well!). With this membership, we got free tickets to both Blossoms of Lights (at the main York location) and to the Trail of Lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. So, off we went to both.

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Blossoms of Light.

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Blossoms of Light.

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Blossoms of Light.

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Trail of Lights.

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Trail of Lights.

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Trail of Lights.

Brandon had to work, but I was able to make the traditional Christmas Eve dinner with my family.

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Trees and presents.

It went about as well as you’d expect holidays with the family to go. My brother put me down, parents mocked me, I hid, I found time to hang out with my niece and nephew, the usual.

I did fly out to Portland on Christmas Day to hang out with B, though, which was nice. The disaster that was getting back home (woo, non-rev travel …), was not.

But I did get to hang out in B’s “office” before he left for NYC on the 26th (well before the flight I was in theory going to take left).

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Pilot wife life.

Quiet New Year’s in bed, and I am happy the holidays are over.