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The Corn Maze in The Plains, VA

Capclave was last weekend. It was good. Lots of networking and Traci and Bonnie came to stay. We even shared a hotel room on Friday night.


If you're looking for something to do after you vote on November 4th (you will vote, won't you?), try this....http://www.cornmazeintheplains.com/index_cornmaze.html.

Yes, Virginia really does have a little town called "The Plains" for those of you old enough to have voted for Jimmy Carter. It's about 30 miles south of Walkabout Farm on back roads, but quite close to an interstate if you were coming from the appropriate direction.

I have attempted this corn maze more than once. I failed to complete it three times. Different maze designs, but it didn't matter. The bat one was killer. Getting lost in the word "organic" was, well, embarrassing. Am I losing you? Take a look at their gallery, here: http://www.cornmazeintheplains.com/NewPhotoGallery4.html. I didn't attempt the monarch, thank goodness, but I failed the organic one twice. I had to be led out by a guide. But not alone, no. Twice Weatherdude was with me.

My idea of torturing visitors is to take them to a corn maze and then browbeat them into getting lost with me. mindseas and tcastleb were game to try. My sister also tried, but she had been previously delegated to pick up Miss E from school, so she left the maze (had to be helped out) a half hour before we did.

The big news is we solved it. And it was an awesome feeling. We got one hint, which consisted of "go lose yourselves in the middle" when we were missing the final 2 of the 8 blocks of the maze. See, they give you this big sheet of paper and a crayon and you have to find 8 stations where there are questions to be answered and a jig of that section of the maze and you use the crayon to transfer the image to your large map. But they don't tell you where in that section the station is. It could be in the middle or on an edge. And nothing ever lines up well, either.

Maze photo...upon completion, here we are on the victory bridge.

When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

When the hurly burly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.

That will be ere the set of sun.
[Actually, I've had the sun go down on me in this maze, the moon come up, and still I couldn't find my way out.]

Where's the place?
Upon the heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, Graymalkin!
Paddock calls.

Fair is foul and foul is fair.
Hover through fog and filthy air.
[Had we been hovering, it would have taken us a lot less time.]

Frog Out


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Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
There did seem to be an element where you had to let go of your logic and just wander. That was the guy's "get lost in the center" advice. Not quite, but close, as we were still saying things like "not that way, we've been that way." "Not this way, it goes back out to the edge."

Traci and I were imagining WJW leading his troops into the maze. Would we follow? Of course we would!

Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
We witches three!
Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, hope you don't mind the reference. I just thought we looked powerful enough after solving the maze to affect the fate of kings.

Oct. 24th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I think it's cool that you found a unifying theme in the picture while I just saw three people. But we do look that way, and we're all dressed in black.
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Don't you know it's bad luck to quote the scottish play?

I'm so jealous you three got to do that. Maybe next year.
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Is it really? I quote it regularly, but with great respect.

Maybe next year, indeed. Reunion in the corn maze!
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I guess not quite. Here's what Wikipedia says:

Shakespeare's play Macbeth is said to be cursed, so actors avoid saying its name (the euphemism "The Scottish Play" is used instead). Actors also avoid even quoting the lines from Macbeth inside a theatre, particularly the Witches incantations. Outside of a theatre the play can be spoken of openly. If an actor speaks the name Macbeth in a theatre, he is required to leave the theatre building, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock to be allowed back in.
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Fascinating! My father used to recite, "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble," for me when I was a little girl, as well as "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day/To the last syllable of recorded time,/And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/The way to dusty death." This could explain something about my Tara novel. But as our house wasn't a theatre, I guess it was not bad luck.
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
You're in VA? I wil be down there for the New Year to visit my bro and sis in Richmond!
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
What, you didn't find Mel Gibson in there?
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Maze
Of course we did and when we were done with him, we left him where we found him. One mustn't disclose (or dis-clothe) ALL the secrets of the maze.

Edited at 2008-10-24 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
There's no corn fields here, so as an alternative maze, when I get tired of visitors, I shove them into the Prado Museum and see if they can find their way back to my apartment on their own. One almost didn't make it.
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