Saturday was absolutely gorgeous--mid 60's, sunny, blue skies. The perfect day to head to the (non-muddy) pumpkin patch! Luckily we live close to a great one on Sauvie Island, a beautiful farming community about 15 minutes from our house. The drive there is the quintessential "out in the country" experience, passing large fields of hay and grazing cows, llamas and horses. The pumpkin patch is a huge production! Hundreds of visitors park in a field and then walk to the activities...a corn maze, petting zoo (well, more of a "just look, don't touch zoo"), country store, food booths, and a tractor-pulled hayride out to the pumpkin patch and back. Maddie was in heaven! We went with our friends Jason and Cheryl and their cutie-pie, 9-month-old Lucy. Then back to our house for a comforting Autumn dinner of chili over mashed potatoes, salad, and warm apple-pear crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. How perfect!