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.

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.

The story behind the “haunted” maze.


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.

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

It’s the Headless Horseman … oh … wait …

Pumpkin triceratops.

T. rex. Our buddy.

Photo op dinosaur.

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.

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.

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.

Pumpkin horse.

The Chihuly got photobombed.

Entrance display.

Part of the Dia de los Muertos altar.

My favorite of the many Dia de los Muertos sculptures.

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


Creativity Corner: Stuffed Dinosaur

I have not created NEARLY as much as I’ve wanted to this year. But, I managed to toss something together in November.

Thanks to a few random reasons, B and I are acquainted with former pro triathlete and all-around awesome person, Hillary Biscay. She and her husband, Maik, recently adopted a little girl, Madison Frankie. Since I knew we’d have a good shot at seeing her on our Arizona trip (blog coming soon), I wanted to make a little something for Madison. Since we’re Team Baby Dinosaur … clearly, I wanted to do a dinosaur.

I searched around online for some patterns and came across this one. It seemed quick and easy (and doable), so I pulled out some fabric and took a few hours to make a dino. Lo and behold, it turned out!


Other side.

Holding it up (also for a sense of scale).

It’s pretty tiny, but it turned out pretty cute and I hope Madison likes it!

Boston 2016, Day One

Okay, technically Day Two as we got in super late on the first day, but we’ll call it Day One as it was our first full day in Beantown.

April 14th, we woke up at our Holiday Inn Express down by TD Banknorth Garden, ate pancakes from the awesome pancake machine, grabbed coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, ensured we had a late checkout, and headed over to the Museum of Science. Not your typical tourist destination, I get it, but it was FREE with our DMNS membership. We’ve talked about this reciprocity. It’s awesome.

Outside was our first taste of the Marathon, and a dinosaur.

The evolution on how people have thought T. rexes to have stood/walked.

We built our own fish.

Because who doesn’t remember/like playing with these?

In a space capsule!

Second T. rex with a bib.

Our own baby T. rexes in a T. rex footprint.

Street art just outside the MoS.

After the Museum, we headed off to our actual hotel, the Holiday Inn Brookline, to check in. We dumped our stuff and headed back downtown to meet our friend Lindsey for lunch. Lindsey works for adidas and was in town to work the Marathon expo. Lunch, as you might remember from my food series, was at Union Oyster House.

Brandon trying oysters.

Hey, trick lobster! It can hold stuff!

Me: Presenting, lobster.
Lobster: Presenting, human.
(The guys were very impressed with how much the lobster liked me. I am the lobster whisperer. It’s a thing.)

Trying oysters.

Lindsey getting on the oyster bandwagon.

After lunch, we dropped Lindsey back off at her hotel in Copley, randomly ran into our friend Nic (who, to be more accurate, literally almost ran into us; she also works for adidas), and checked out the Boston Public Library.

The lights outside the BPL are the best.

I am a sucker for spiral staircases.

The main hall.

After the library, we headed back toward Brookline and Boston University (campus! home!) for our hotel and dinner.

Oh Brown Sugar Cafe, I miss you.

Ivan with the Oreo Angora and Gustave with the coffee Angora.

Day one, in the books …