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October 11, 2013

The corn maze journey

As the fall foliage thickened and the street signs switched names for county road numbers, I was clued in I was closer to my country destination: Guffey Acres. I pulled up to the gate, gently locked by a loose chain and texted Jessica Guffey, co-owner of Guffey Acres, that I was in the driveway. Moments later, a four-wheeler with a driver sporting a smile almost hidden under a baseball cap pulled up with Guffey Acres’ barrel train tailing behind — literally tailing since all the barrels are designed to look like different animals.

“Do you want to walk to the corn maze or hop in?” Jessica happily inquired.

“I’ll hop in.” I wasn’t passing up an opportunity to hop in a horse made from a barrel. (Note for those with dentures — thankfully I don’t have such a problem — put some extra paste on those puppies, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.) The ride was super fun. It takes passengers through the endless activities at Guffey Acres including corn hole, the giant corn popper and pumpkin tether ball, all outlined with cornfields.

After pulling up to the corn maze that looked like 7 acres of confusion, 9-year-old Titus Guffey was on hand to help out in my corn maze journey.

I labored over which maze to choose. Phase 1 takes an average of 20 minutes, Phase 2 takes an average of 45 minutes and both phases could take, well, awhile.

When you arrive at the corn maze, you’re greeted by a mailbox that includes a map. I can’t read a map so it’s basically like handing me a napkin. I cringed a little when I saw that paper woven with directions and twists and turns, knowing I had 7 acres of corn to maneuver through.

Jessica gave me a heads up.

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