Corn Maze Visit: Do Not Forget the...

Fall in the Northeastern United States mean lots of fun things, and corn mazes are at the top of our family's list.

To be prepared for your corn maze visit, be sure to pack water, a hat, a GPS, and comfortable shoes (or boots if it has been rainy).

Oh, and you are this family from Massachusetts, a flare gun is essential as well:

DANVERS, Mass. - Authorities in Massachusetts say a family that got lost in a seven-acre corn maze called 911 for help, apparently taking advantage of the police department's motto that says "We Want To Be Bothered."

The maze at Connors Farm in Danvers has pathways totaling seven-miles long and can take up to an hour to navigate.

A police officer and his dog entered the maze with a farm manager on Columbus Day to search for the disoriented father, mother and two children, including a three-weeks-old infant. The family didn't realize they had almost made their way out and were just 25 feet from the street.

It took the search party about 10 minutes to find the family. They were helped by a police dispatcher who stayed on the phone with the caller and asked the couple to yell for help to enable those looking for them to identify their location.

"Never again!" the woman is heard telling the dispatcher on police tapes. "We thought this would be fun, instead it's a nightmare."

I am glad that the K-9 officer helped to rescue this disoriented family and prevent them from starring in a future episode on the Animal Planet Show: I Shouldn't Be Alive.
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On Monday, the talented and always entertaining Momma Fargo will be guest blogging on the topic of interviewing children at violent crime scenes as part of my series on the death of Nikki LaDue January.

Have a great weekend everyone.

31 comments:

imbeingheldhostage said...

You know, I've actually had some catch-my-breath moments in corn maizes. I've always feared getting lost. Thanks for confirming that it can happen ;-) Those poor people, having the children and small baby must have made it especially scary.

The Blonde Duck said...

We've got a huge one here that takes like 2 hours to get through. Makes me think of the Shining!

Little Ms. Fun said...

LOL!! This isn't funny. I went in one last Saturday with my 8 year old cousin and my aunt. We got SO lost that we were screaming for help. We couldn't find our way out for OVER an hour.

All I kept think was, do the farms count how many people and how many come out? They should get a clicker! What if you're stuck in there all night ?!

Bossy Betty said...

Did a corn maze once.

All done.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Seriously? 911? Couldn't the dad have cut through or left them there while he went for help. It's not like they were there all night.

maybe that't too harsh but...seriously, 911?

Pat Hatt said...

Never even seen one of those mazes, sure be fun to go through though.

Audrey Allure said...

Haha! That must have been so embarrassing to call 911 just because they were lost. Never been in a corn maze, but I guess I can see why they panicked.

Stephen Tremp said...

I had to laugh out loud when I first heard this story on the news. Too funny. Why not just yell for help? Maybe the children of the corn were after them.

I gave you mention today on my blog for the Pay It Forward Blogfest. You deserve the mention!

Dawn said...

Hahahahaha....I'm sorry, I KNOW I shouldn't laugh... but this is absolutely hilarious!
I am sure it would have seemed frightening...especially with little ones along. But I picture it from the sky looking down...and it makes me chuckle.

That being said- I am not a fan of corn mazes- for that reason!;D

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Oh, God...don't forget all the "tech" needed...and thereby take all the "fun" out of the maze...LOL.

And a FLARE GUN???
(good grief)

People just don't have the "attention spans" they USED to have, otherwise, they'd find their way out AND have fun.

Chalk one up for progress...I guess.

Stay safe out there.

Clarissa Draper said...

I heard that if you keep your right hand on the wall, you will eventually find your way out. I don't know if it works because I find mazes claustrophobic, but...

Elena said...

Ummm, couldn't hubby just have walked through the stalks towards the lights they saw, instead of calling 911? Slam, I wouldn't give them a flare gun...they might burn the field down!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Wow! Why would you go walking with a 3 week old on a SEVEN MILES stretch???

secret agent woman said...

You really have to question their judgment for taking an infant into the maze.

Arlee Bird said...

I here per Stephen Tremp's recommendation and now following. I've never been in a corn maze but have always thought it would be fun. I heard about the family that called for help. Now that was absurd.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Lisa said...

There's an app for that. :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Slamdunk .. came via Stephen's blog .. I've been in a few hedge mazes .. but not a corn one. Sounds a little crazy to me .. lack of forethought .. lucky they had mobile phones ..

Great to meet you - have a good weekend.. Hilary

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I actually heard about this... I can't figure out if it's funny, awful, or pathetic!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow. That is hilarious! But 7 miles is a bit of walking. My problem is the corn is all torn through because I tend to go late in the season. It's hard to tell what the real path is!

carma said...

my husband and i were just talking about this 10 minutes ago!! We have a corn maize near us. Went a couple years ago and would not bother doing it again. It was blazing hot and not much fun. But to call 911 - hmmmmmmmm...I would think they could have picked a spot and one of the members of the group could have walked in one direction until they finally came out.

JJ.in.Phila said...

"Turn right when you can and left when you must."

Had they followed that advice, they would gotten out.

rumpydog said...

I know it's easy to make fun of those folks, but unless you're NEVER made a mistake, don't throw stones.

Shirley Wells said...

Hi, I've just come across from Stephen's blog. So glad I did because this story made me laugh. It shouldn't, I know, but it did. How embarrassing for the family. I tend to stay clear of mazes just in case I get lost and start to panic but I think I'd rather stay lost than call the police. :)

Good to meet you!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Oh my gosh LOL! I probably shouldn't be laughing, but I am. This is awesome!

Carol Kilgore said...

I just found your blog through Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs. I'll be back.

Jenny said...

This happened to me once years and years ago. It freaked me out so bad I've not gone into a corn maze since.

I figure I'm confused enough maneuvering the labrynths of my brain each day.

Bonnie said...

I read about this earlier during the week!! Who brings such a young baby to a corn maze? It's kind of their own fault.

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Jeanette Levellie said...

I worked one season at a corn maze near us, and the owners hired young teens they called "maze rats" to go in and find lost souls. It worked beautifully.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I've never heard of a corn maze although I think it might be great fun.

JenLE82 said...

Great list - this family should have been carrying a gps or compass for sure! You can always walk through the corn as well - it won't bite! Just walk straight, isn't that what they say?

Dan said...

I had to laugh a bit given that I live surrounded by literally thousands of square miles of corn fields and have hike through many of them without ever getting lost.