This summer was truly a whirlwind. Weddings, Iceland, and a cross country road trip. Thousands of photographs, stories, laughs, memories.
But as I’ve found over the years, I’m most productive at sharing those photographs, stories, laughs and memories when I don’t really have time. Photography and blogging are a release when life gets too busy. After our road trip, I was working in tiny increments at home, and otherwise had way too much free time. Unsurprisingly, I still haven’t processed the photographs from our road trip.
So, as life has picked up steam in the past month, and as I find myself drowning in work, suddenly the camera and this blog are once again calling my name.
Hannah and I had planned for some time to head out to Washington’s famous Bob’s Corn Maze this past Saturday. It was all the more appropriate when the day began with some really difficult news (I’ll share more thoughts on this later). Suddenly, getting lost in a corn maze became both a physical and a mental escape. You don’t need to say a lot when you’re navigating the twists and turns and dead ends of 10 foot corn stalks, nor do you have much time to get too inside your head.
This year was the third in a row that Hannah and I have welcomed Autumn with a visit to Bob’s. It’s become a tradition of sorts. Pulling up just as the farm opens, standing in line for fresh apple and pumpkin donuts, hot apple cider, kettle corn. Hopping on the hay ride across the road to the maze.
Last year, we did the corn maze just after heavy rains. Unprepared, we found our shoes and pants submerged in puddles of mud. This year we came prepared, but the ground was sturdy and dry.
We ended the day with a visit to Chateau St. Michelle’s winery in Woodinville, WA. They make one of Hannah’s favorite Rieslings. Since we were last there, they have undergone massive renovations. It seems that they’ve reevaluated who their customer base is: fancier, less rustic, more private labels, higher prices. It’s still a great spot on a gorgeous estate. The wines are fantastic, the people are friendly. And it was a great way to recover from the twists and turns of the corn maze.