Not many hay bale mazes can compare to the (fictional) maze created by Taylor for the annual Stars Hollow Spring Fling in the aptly titled Gilmore Girls episode "Hay Bale Maze". I mean, that is the hay bale maze we all really want to go in.
When I first started Adventuring back in aught 9, I put "hay maze" on the list of things I wanted to do. I searched everywhere for one, but not a bale could be found. Then Justin and I discovered a corn maze in Goleta and it was all over. I now looooove corn mazes. They're not claustrophobic as mazes made of hay and they smell like popcorn. Who doesn't love a popcorn-scented maze?
Well fall is here once more so I put down my pumpkin cream cheese muffin and lit my Bath & Body Works "Sweater Weather" candle and resumed the search for this elusive autumnal adventure. I knew there was one at the rustic and charming Avila Valley Barn, but as far as I knew it was usually a covered maze. Talk about panic-attack inducing. Two-foot wide aisles, non-breathable hay, and a tarp that makes it one million degrees inside? Then release a dozen inevitable toddlers into it? Um, no. So I always skipped it when I went pumpkin shopping there.
But not this year! My good buddies J and D and I made our annual trek to the Avila Barn only to discover that the hay bale maze was uncovered! I can now say that I have found my way into, and out of, a hay maze. I can also say that there are few things funnier than grown-up people running around and bumping into each other because they've lost all sense of direction.