04 November, 2009

Corn Maze!

[Scroll down to read the English version of this story :) ]


Corn Maze!
E perguntam voces: "Su, que raio 'e um Corn Maze?"
Boa pergunta, tive que ir ver ao Dicionario! LOL
Segundo o Dicionario Ingles-Portugues da Porto Editora :), maze significa labirinto, confusao e outras coisas que agora nao me estou a lembrar (o dicionario ja' foi enviado para Portugal, num dos muitos caixotes cheios de livros - acumulei tantos livros nestes 3 anos e meio, nem calculam!).

Em Outubro, Seattle fica um frenesim cor-de-laranja, mais ou menos :) - as aboboras e o milho invadem, literalmente, os supermercados e os mercados - de varios tamanhos, de varias cores, a lembrar a altura das colheitas, das colheitas de Outono!
'E quase impossivel nao participar disto e comprar meia duzia de aboboras (ou aquelas que conseguirem trazer) e fazer o que se puder com elas: eu ja' perdi a conta a quantas tartes de aboboras com especiarias (Pumpkin Pies) fiz deste que comecou o Outono propriamente dito.
A minha primeira desta 'epoca durou 1 dia e meio! :)

Mas a celebracao das colheitas (que termina no Dia de Accao de Gracas, o tao famoso ThanksGiving) nao sao so' aboboras (que tambem sao utilizadas no Halloween), o milho e outros frutos/legumes da 'epoca, significa tambem aventuras e visitas 'as quintas (farms) que cultivam estas delicias da natureza.

De entre os muitos programas que existem, a Dawn e uns amigos, convidaram-me para me juntar a eles no Labirinto de Milho - Corn Maze - no final de Outubro de 2008, na quinta The Farm, a norte de Seattle, no distrito de Snonomish.
Depois de uma pausa super rapida para nos abastecermos de comida no Blue Sushi, no U. Village, tambem servem sushi vegetariano :), partimos a todo o ga's para norte, pois tinhamos que la' estar 'as 18h00 e ja' estavamos bem atrasados. A D. tratou de reservar ('e necessario) um lugar para o nosso grupo e, pelo sim pelo nao, telefonamos a avisar que estavamos atrasados.

Foi gracas aos GPS da Dawn que la' chegamos, porque nao foi facil dar com a quinta.
Ja' era de noite quando estacionamos o carro na quinta e nos equipavamos com roupas quentes e lanternas para poder explorar o labirinto de milho sem nos perdermos.
Pagamos $10 dolares cada um na recepcao, e la' fomos no's e outro grupo para o tractor (!) que nos ia levar 'a 'confusao'.
Foi a minha primeira vez e gostei bastante, 'e um programa diferente e o pessoal que foi era todo bem disposto e muito bem-humorado!



A viagem de tractor foi o maximo, com solavancos e 'as escuras, pela quinta a dentro :).
Como eram 2 grupos, o condutor deixou-nos em 2 locais diferentes, ambos no inicio do labirinto. Deu-nos um mapa (que podem ver nas fotos), onde pudemos verificar que o labirinto de milho tem a forma do Estado de Washington e todos os marcos do Estado.
Ligamos as laternas e ai' fomos no's.
O sentido de orientacao nocturno nao foi o melhor, isto porque saimos do labirinto (nas saidas erradas) varias vezes! E o objectivo 'e chegar 'a saida certa. :)
Foi um percurso relativamente rapido: andamos mais pelo sul do Estado de Washington, passamos os montes quase todos (havia no local marcos a indicar onde no's estavamos), fomos a Olympia- a Capital do Estado, passamos no Space Needle, Everett, e saimos no Peace Arch (ver filme e fotos) para percebermos que estavamos outra vez na saida errada!
Cruzamo-nos com o outro grupo varias vezes e algumas foram assustadoras, porque as pessoas apareciam do nada, silenciosas e no escuro!
Quando terminamos, verdadeiramente, queriamos mais! :)

Contentamo-nos com umas fotos ao pe' de umas aboboras gigantes, umas valentes gargalhadas durante o tempo todo, umas parvoices tipicas de quem esta' descontraido :) e rumamos, esbaforidos e esfomeados ao Araya's, um restaurante vegetariano muito conhecido pela comunidade vegetariana/vegan aqui do sitio.

Para quem esta' aqui, 'e um percurso/actividade que recomendo vivamente fazer.
Corn Maze rocks! :)

O filme (com banda sonora - agora que descobri isto, nao quero outra coisa hehehe, esperem pelo do Halloween, esse entao supera todos!) :




video


Slide show do Picasa:




Um beijo e ate' ao proximo:}**





------
[English Version]



I think everybody knows what a Corn Maze is. I wonder if there are Corn Maze's in every state? I have no idea, but I truly hope so, because it's so much fun!
If you have the opportunity to do a Corn Maze, don't think twice, just get together some friends that like exciting experiences/adventures and go for it!
It's guaranteed a terrific experience, just don't forget you funny mood, warm clothing and some flashlights, you will need them!

Honestly, I had no idea of what a Corn Maze was until my good friend and a terrific tango dancer Dawn called me to say something like "Suzena, do you wanna join us in a Corn Maze", and after some questions on my side (what's that? When? tomorrow? what time? she's very patient with me hehehehe), I said "I never did it! I'm in!".

The Corn Maze is intrinsically related to the harvest season, which means the Fall (the end of the growing season), that ends at the Thanks Giving Day: pumpkins (different types, colors and shapes), corn and other seasonal vegetables/fruits are everywhere, in every corner. They grab and call our attention immensely (that bright orange color is Divine!): it's impossible not to take one with us.
Did I say one? NO! more than one, much more!
I lost the account of many pumpkin pies (vegan version of it, very healthy!) I made since this season started. I want to continue to improve my cooking skills to be able to go back to Portugal and to make this delicious little things and remember the time I went to US studying and had these :).
Maybe next year I'll make a pumpkin carving in Portugal and put the pumpkin at the window. The problem will be.... to find a 'decent' pumpkin for this job. But never give up hope, something will come out! ;)

The Farm is one of the places that offers (there are others, a quick internet search will show them all) this adventure, we need to call them in advance and let them know when we are planning to go and how many are we. Dawn took care of all these details.

We all met that day at the U. Village, an open mall close to the UW campus, had a quick meal at the Blue C. Sushi (that offer vegetarian sushi as well), and, with Dawn driving :), we headed off to the farm. It's a 30 minutes trip, going up North, to Snonomish county. Fortunately, Dawn had that (so useful!) thing called GPS that helped us to locate the place, because it was not easy!

As soon as we got there, way behind the scheduled (the meeting time was at 6 pm, right after getting dark), we packed ourselves with warm clothing and flash lights and went to the reception. We had to pay a $10 fee each, they gave us a map, some explanations and guided us to a big tractor car. It was totally dark outside and there was another group doing the Corn Maze too.

The trip to the field was very funny, full of bumps in a complete dark and cold atmosphere :). The driver dropped us off at one of the 'beginnings' of it, and told us where exactly should we end the Corn Maze.

The corn field is shaped as of the Washington State shape and it has (literally) all the important state locations, they did put marks on the field to let us know where we exactly were.

Right after we started to walk the 'trails' within the corn field we realized that, in the darkness, our sense of orientation was not the best one, we had to refer several times to the map, because we were exiting on the wrong exits!
We explored, mainly, the south part of the State of Washington (see photos and movie, above), we 'climbed' most of the mountains, then headed up to Olympia - the State Capital, stopped at the Space Needle in the center of Seattle, then to Everett and ended up (again) on the wrong exit: way far north, at the Peace Arch!
It didn't take long to make our way back to the right exit. When we got there, it seemed too fast and we wanted more! "Let's go back inside", someone suggested! :)

The scariest part of the Corn Maze was when, along the trails, we bump into the other group, literally, in the dark and in silence! Can you imagine bump into someone that you don't know that is right around the corner? now, imagine doing that when is dark outside and the atmosphere is in a steady silence :).

To end this adventure full of laughs and good time, we took some pictures at another truck loaded with very funny shaped pumpkins (very big too!).
All tired and very hungry, headed south, back to Seattle to have a decent vegetarian meal at the very famous restaurant Araya's.

If you didn't do a Corn Maze yet, I highly recommend it!
Don't forget that it's only during October, every year.

The movie (with soundtrack!) and the slideshow by Picasa are above, just scroll up and have a good time!

See you in the next story - Halloween 2009! ;)

A warm hug for these cold, rainy and very windy days! :}**



1 comment:

Márcio Branco said...

Que serão divertido. Aqui em Portugal não temos labirintos de milho :-) Deve ser mesmo uma tradição americana mas parece-me ser uma experiencia divertida e junta-se a energia de 2 grupos de pessoas à emoção de uma aventura nova e deve dar mesmo vontade de voltar a repetir.
Quem sabe um produtor agricola português não agarra esta ideia e faz em Portugal um labirinto de milho :-)