Pumpkin Jam

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Mike Inouye:
Mike InouyeLocals know that Half Moon Bay is a lovely place for a weekend trip but the ONE weekend you DON’T want to head “over the hill” is that which is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Rivaling the size and celebrity of the record-making gourds are the size and celebrity of the traffic on Hwy. 92 heading toward the coastal town during this season.

My buddy called up and asked if we wanted take the kids to the pumpkin patch and it turned out that the weekend which worked well for both of our families was none other than that which was not to be spoken. Though not big fans of traffic jams we still opted to make the trip vowing to meet early to avoid as much of the backup as possible.

For many, 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday is early.

For the morning traffic guy… it’s still early. 😉

Even at that time of the morning, the slowdown had started. A single stream of cars filed down the grade past the iconic farms; Lemos Farm to the north and Pastorino Farms to the south.

We found a spot in the lot and headed for the fun.

We got in line for the train.
We got in line for the hayride on the jack o’lantern truck.
We got in line for the cookies.
We got in line to get food for the goats.
We got in line to NOT ride the ponies.(bad idea)
…and then we got in line for the drive home.

What a fun time we had at the pumpkin patch. We had so much fun, in fact, we didn’t have a chance to buy pumpkins.

Don’t worry, we took care of that the following weekend.

Mike Inouye
NBC Bay Area Traffic Anchor

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