We went to our very first pumpkin patchthis past weekend at Tapia Brother's Farm in Encino, CA. I guess we never went before, even in Hawaii, since Coral was too young to actually enjoy it and we were still trying to settle into Cali living in addition to adjusting to our new T1dlife. When we first pulled up to the dirt parking lot, the worker pulled out this large wooden sign reading, "LOT IS FULL." So, we drove around the corner, made a U-turn and found some FREE street parking in a residential neighborhood. I despise paying for parking.
We walked past the bouncy houses, tables and tents, and countless rows of pumpkins until we came across the petting zoo. Unfortunately, we weren't aware that you had to pay at the cashier back towards the entrance for tickets and thought we could pay on-the-spot. By now, you can tell we don't go to fairs or similar events often. We made it back to the petting zoo with an orange ticket in hand and they gave us a small plastic bowl of pellets to feed the variety of goats surrounding everyone. There was this one particular black and white Nigerian goat with a blue bandana who couldn't get enough ear scratches and neck rubs. He even leaned into me for some more rubs when I turned to face Coral who was trying her best to gain the attention of an adorable pigmy goat who stood about as high as her waistline. Coral also loved the cute little bunnies all nestled together in a separate play pen within the petting area.
YumEarth lollipop (16g carbs). Thankfully, it doesn't spike her too quickly for some odd reason and I won't have to bolus her for the remaining 8-10g carbs until she's in the 80's (mg/dl). Again, managing Type 1 diabetes is easier with the use of a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) when it's well-calibrated. While she enjoyed her lollipop, I walked over to take some pics of a lonesome horse in its own pen who didn't seem to mind my presence at all. She was even curious enough to sniff my camera lens. I do believe she took a little piece of my heart that sunny day.
I have to say this was an overall fantastic experience filled with many props and photo ops that were Instagram worthy. Although Daddy's tolerance for crowds is minuscule compared to mine, he managed to get through the afternoon. Sometimes, I find myself having to tame both of their childish tantrums. If you're in the Encino or Van Nuys area, this is definitely a pumpkin patch worth visiting. The only let down is that there are no other foods except popcorn, candy, corn on the cob and hotdogs. Perhaps, we'll pack our own lunch next time and sit at one of their picnic tables. It is awfully dusty, of course, so dress appropriately and bring your own water bottle. If you're a Type 1 family like us, you'll always have snacks handy for low BGs. Have a safe and fun Halloween everybody and don't forget to bolus!