“Are we there, yet, Pa?”
Jimmy’s eyes met mine before I returned his smile with one of my own. As the familiar refrain from the back seat hung in the silence between us, I raised my eyebrows and launched into some nonverbal communication.
He’s waiting for an answer, Grandpa! The one you provided sixty seconds ago has lost its shelf life. It’s really quite simple. He’s four; you’re 66. That’s a ratio of approximately 1:17, so one minute in Grant's reality actually feels like 17 minutes. ANSWER THE POOR BOY!
“We should be there in five minutes, Grant,” Jimmy said.
Say it isn’t true! I prayed.
I rolled my eyes and sighed audibly as the sign for Keller’s Farmstand blessedly appeared, literally in the middle of nowhere.
The course, Keller’s Farmstand in Oswego, Illinois, certainly had its share of obstacle courses: a pumpkin patch, barnyard animals, a playground, wagon rides, a straw maze, a rope maze and a full-fledged corn maze.
The Bottom Line on the 13th Annual Keller’s Corn Maze:
Verdict: Take the kids or grandkids and feel like a kid again. You won’t regret it. Okay, maybe your feet will; wear good shoes and hope for the best.
Insider Information: Admission to the 13-acre Corn Maze, rope maze, wagon rides, animal barn, pedal tractors, straw maze, and playground is $8.99 per person; children 3 years and under are free (weekends only through October). Jimmy purchased our tickets online through a Groupon special. Be sure to check Keller’s Farmstand website for coupons also.
Nearby Food: The selection of food on the premises is minimal and pricey. Brats were $3.50, hot dogs, $3.25. We paid $4 for a bowl of caramel apple slices. Cotton candy was also $4. Most drinks (soda, tea, milk and water) were $1.50 and ice cream $2. Feeding a family of four could top $30. I saw a number of visitors with their own picnic baskets; outdoor seating at picnic benches would certainly make the option viable. Parking is close enough to make the effort to bring your own food and water possible.