Today’s adventure took us to Zellwood, Florida to explore a corn maze at Long & Scott Farms!
We were a little apprehensive about making the 45-minute drive to the farm because the weather was quite dreary. However, I purchased discounted tickets to the maze through Groupon a couple of weeks ago, and this weekend was the last weekend we were able to go. We were determined to brave the bad weather!
When we arrived, it was a little chillier than we expected, but thankfully Ryan keeps an “emergency duffel” in the back of his car that included items to help us stay warm. His dad gave the bag to him as a gift a couple of years ago and filled it with random things we might need like a flashlight, Band-Aids, etc. We’ve used the items in the bag numerous times.
One item in the bag came in handy for me today.
Quite the random thing to have on hand, but I was grateful for the shelter from the drizzly rain and the chill.
Once I pulled the pants over my shorts, we were on our way!
Before entering the maze, we were given a map with a decoder that you could look at when you reached four different check points. Since I am directionally challenged, I let Ryan do his thing and navigate our way through the maze.We visited the maze before with some of our friends and it took us more than an hour to get through. (They say it typically takes between one and three hours.) For some reason this time it took us only 20 minutes!
Apparently Ryan is a regular Magellan! 😀
With a little corn to keep us going, we tackled the mini maze.
In the mini maze, there were five check points, each marked with a different color paint for you to put on one finger. You chose what finger to put each color on and after finishing the maze, matched up your fingers to a chart of numbered hands with fingers colored in a bazillion different ways to see which number hand matched yours.
Once we were done exploring the farm, we headed home to a warm dinner.
Black Bean Chili
One of my favorite things about chili is having leftovers that seem to get tastier each time you enjoy a bowl. Yesterday after tweeting about my desire to make chili, Matt responded with his recipe for black bean chili, and I knew I had a winner. I followed Matt’s recipe almost exactly, but subbed one can of kidney beans in place of one of the three cans of black beans.
After snapping the above pictures, I topped my bowl off with a big scoop of plain Greek yogurt that made it taste even better. Highly recommended. I only wish we would’ve had shredded cheese on hand.
Now it’s time to chill out before the start of another work week… only three days this week. Woo! 😀