Phew! Catching up from a hectic, but fun weekend up north... I thought I'd share a major discovery for those of you who are in San Francisco, the East or South Bays, and Silicon Valley. Just a few miles outside of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92 are two *fantastic* pumpkin farms, right across the highway from each other, that are not to be missed! Pastorino's Farm (no web site) and the Lemos Farm are outstanding, especially if you have kids. They have the expected wide selection of pumpkins, but they also have train rides, jolly jumpers, haunted houses, pony rides, petting zoos, hay rides, food and baked goodies, corn mazes, etc. Pastorino's Farm also has a beatifully set up Halloween "Boo-tique" full of fun, good quality vintage and new decorations. What really struck me about both farms is how well laid out everything is - not just a big field of pumpkins, but manicured paths leading from one picturesque spot to the next. If you'd like to visit but aren't going to the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (which is now over for this year), I'd recommend avoiding that weekend - you'll be dealing with a lot fewer people at the pumpkin patches. Here are some representative pics:
and here's Brynne having a heart-to-heart with Dracula:
and, of course, the pumpkins!
It looks as if both farms also get decked out for Christmas... we may just have to make the trip up north again in December to see what that looks like!