Earlier this year, during the summer, Justin and I drove to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. On the way there, we passed by an advertisement for a giant corn maze, claiming to be one of the most impressive in Ohio or Pennsylvania. It wasn’t really corn maze season yet, but Justin and I vowed that we would come back to visit in the fall.
Better late than never! We really got gypped on fall this year in Pittsburgh. We were having unseasonably warm weather, and all of the trees stayed green for much longer than usual. Finally, we got some cool temperatures for about a week, and the leaves just started changing to yellow and some orange (but very little red), and SUDDENLY the weather turned freezing! Literally, freezing. We had snow on Friday! It was the wet, slushy snow that doesn’t really build up on the ground, but it was snow, nonetheless. So now, many of the green leaves are falling off of the trees and turning brown, completely skipping the beautiful-changing-of-colors step in the process! Ooooh, it makes me mad! You’ve never seen anyone as angry about leaves as this girl.
Anyway, we returned to the Columbiana Maze Craze in Ohio, and the corn stalks were all pretty much brown and dead. Though it’s a little less fun to walk through a maze when you can see through the “walls” to the other paths, it was still a good experience for my first ever corn maze. Next time, we’ll have to try to come a little earlier in the season.
One thing we seemed to forget about was dressing for cold weather. The freezing temperatures are still relatively new, and it seemed bright and sunny out when we left our apartment in Pittsburgh. However, by the time we arrived in Ohio (about an hour later) and got out of the car, the sky was a gloomy gray and the harsh wind was whipping straight through our clothes. Fortunately, I had a pair of winter gloves in my purse that I could wear. Justin wasn’t so lucky. I wished that I had a hat or some earmuffs, too, but I just had to tough it out. It was a very frigid day to be outdoors!
There’s a family on the right warming up by the fire pit, just to give you an idea of how cold it was. 47 degrees was the high temperature of the day (I think it was in the 30’s during the late afternoon while we were there), with winds gusting from 17 to 26 mph, according to The Weather Channel.
Don’t for a second believe that having a map was “cheating” or made it somehow easier to navigate the maze. I did alright leading the way through the small black maze (seen in the upper-right corner of the map), but as soon as we entered the red maze, it became apparent that I wasn’t a very good map-reader. I led us in circles for about twenty minutes, and just when I thought we were about to reach our checkpoint deep in the top of the maze, we found ourselves at the entrance again! Justin had to take over and start reading the map, and he was a much more proficient navigator than I was!
Have you ever been to a corn maze? Are you good at navigating through, or do you get lost like me?