Getting Back To Our Roots - It's All About The Journey
Alpine Ridge Orchard
As most everyone knows that has visited us this year or last year and have talked to us about the corn maze, you will know that we do not have it cut professionally. Every year I plan out the picture and place it on a grid. When it is time to cut the maze, Brandon takes the big lawnmower and follows behind me as I count boxes. We did really great with the apple on the right hand side of the maze but when we came to do the pumpkin, Brandon had had enough of cutting the maze. He wanted me to get up on the lawn mower and stand above him and point my hand in the direction he should drive. Now, lets keep in mind that we are not fully able to see where we are going but we kind of have a clue. So, for some reason, which we all know why, I agreed and off we went to cut the pumpkin on the left hand side of the maze. I think we can all agree that I do a much better job at counting boxes and will not be listening to him in the future. It is all about the journey!
With this being our first year to open, we have added a corn maze to our crazy lives at the apple orchard. This is one of the only projects that we did not do our full research on. We thought, hey plant corn, let it grow a little, and cut it down with paths. My husband knew that he wanted to plant the corn both ways so that when walking through the corn maze people could not see down the rows. This is a proper way to plant a corn maze. So, we had it planted and figured hey we have time to come up with a plan on what we wanted the corn maze to look like. Well, hey corn grows really fast. Neither of us had ever cut down a corn maze before. Of course, we thought we could hire somebody to come out and cut it down for us. Little did we know that this cost thousands and thousands of dollars. running an orchard and opening an orchard takes every penny we have so, this was not in our budget. My husband will say there is a right way and a wrong way to do a corn maze. We did everything the wrong way but we completed it. Since the corn grew so fast, we went into cut the maze when it was over 6 feet tall. The easiest way that we found for us to do this is for me to map out the image on a grid of dots. So, I would go in knock down corn stalks and Brandon would follow me and mow down the path. For not telling where we were going besides a map, I don't think that we did too bad. We hope that you enjoy either the large maze or the kids maze. Each year we hope to bring you an enjoyable maze!