Alas, we made our way out to Elgin today for our annual trip to the "Elgin Christmas Tree Farm" pumpkin festival. It actually worked out perfectly. My husband was working from home and needed some quiet, and the overcast clouds kept the weather cooler and offered a nice breeze.
If you live in Austin (or near Elgin for that matter), please take your kids to this place. It's $5 per person, but if you sign up for their newsletter via email you can get a buy one get one free admission, and I think kids under two are free.
We packed our lunches, put on our "festive" orange colored clothing, and made the 45-minute trip out to Elgin. This place has farm animals (that bite so watch out), pumpkin decorating, hayrides, playgrounds, picnic areas (all free) and a train ride for $2 per person. We easily spend 3 hours there playing and riding.
I have to laugh, where I grew up, in mid-october I'd be wearing some sort of jacket, and certainly not shorts! Mimi and I actually could have used some sunscreen, and more water. I'll have to take Mimi up to my Mom's place in upstate NY some fall so she can see what fall really is like.
Enjoy some photos!