Fall outings in Clark County WA
Even though Fall has begun nudging it’s way past summer – bringing with it flannel, warm coats and pumpkin spice everything – there are still plenty of thing to do in Clark County.
Walking (Dead) Tours
The Clark County Historical Museum Haunted Walking Tours are held every Friday and Saturday in the month of October. Tours start at the Museum (1511 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660) and offer “a spooky slant on history” while walking around downtown Vancouver. Call (360) 993-5679, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website to pay for and reserve your spots. There is a $10 admission, or $8 if you are a Clark County Historical Museum members.
More Walking… or Running!
The 10th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half and Quarter Marathon event takes place Oct. 16. There is still time to register if you’d like, or just show up and cheer on the competitors. There are categories for adults, runners 16-and-under, and a “Kids Mini Marathon.”
The run is designed specifically for women to “get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women’s cause.” The course will take you through Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbia Riverfront, and more. For more information, visit http://whyracingevents.com
On to more pressing matters
What’s Autumn without some fresh squeezed apple cider? Luckily, you won’t have to find out if you visit the Cedar Creek Grist Mill Apple Cider Pressing event on Oct. 29th. Starting at 9 a.m., the Grist Mill will be pressing 8,000 pounds – that’s 4 tons! – of apples.
Younger visitors will be offered the chance to help with the pressing. But all visitors will be able to take in the sights of the mill, with the water-powered belt and pulley system, the sawdusty floor and the overall wooded scenery. The mill is located at 43907 NE Grist Mill Road, Woodland, WA 98674.
Closing out the month of October is, of course, Halloween. Clark County has plenty of places to hunt for pumpkins, especially if you like to browse more than a grocery store parking lot.
Hayrides, mazes of all kinds and other entertainment can be found all over the county. Here are a few spots you can visit:
• Where: 9504 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. 360-574-9119. bizifarms.com
• Open in October: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
• Nighttime corn maze: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (bring a flashlight).
• Cost: $10; seniors 62 and up, $8; free for age 2 and younger; $5 for the evening corn maze only.
JOE’S PLACE FARMS
• Where: 701 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver. 360-892-3974. joesplacefarms.com
• Open in October: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
• Cost: Free admission, pumpkin prices vary, $2 for fort maze, $2 for hayride, free 2-acre corn maze.
• Where: 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt. 360-686-3537. pomeroyfarm.org
• Open through Oct. 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
• Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for kids ages 3-11. Pumpkin prices vary.
• Special event: Civil War re-enactors at the farm, Oct. 18 and 19.
VELVET ACRES GARDENS (“VANCOUVER PUMPKIN PATCH”)
• Where: 18905 N.E. 83rd St., Vancouver. 360-892-0434. www.vancouverpumpkinpatch.com
• Open in October: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• Cost: Free admission; $5 for hay ride, one pumpkin, children’s activities.
• Where: 1617 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas. 360-834-2810. waltonsfarms.com
• Open in October: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
• Admission: $8.