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Scarecrows at Lombardi Ranch

Saugus, Calif.
Oct. 22, 2006

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Success almost scared us away from one of Jen's favorite old haunts: the simple pumpkin stand run by her friend Julia's family has swollen to monster proportions, with a huge dusty parking lot across the highway, crossing guards, a live band, and hordes of families who had driven in from the Valley for some old-fashioned country experience. When the corn maze guardian turned her away, pointing her towards a long line to a cashier charging $4 for the walk, she resisted asking, "Don't you know who I am," and instead grabbed the girls' hands for a hasty exit. But someone had wisely decided not to charge for Scarecrow Alley, where exhibits built by local scout and church groups are displayed. It being free, the crowds had deemed it worthless, and so we enjoyed wandering among the corn, greeting the scarecrows (a third of which played off the "Jack Scarecrow" pirate theme), and walked away satisfied.