Get lost in the Maize!
October 5, 2001 9:25 AM   Subscribe

Get lost in the Maize! To me, Fall means pumpkins, pumpkin pie, turning leaves, and the annual trip to the cornfield maze! See if the one near you has a haunted maze the few weekends before Halloween. (Advice: Bring a map. It's actually quite challenging, and calling for the Corn Cops to get you out is embarrassing.)

Every year I take a bunch of friends or co-workers to the maze, and to this day, this is my favorite bonding experience. What's your favorite teambuilding experience?
posted by jennak (17 comments total)

The toughest maze that I ever tackled with a group was in a cave. We may or may not have been getting our bearings, but then we got distracted.
posted by iceberg273 at 9:44 AM on October 5, 2001

wow, there is one in temecula, which is only a couple hours outside los angeles..that said, i don't think it'll be quite the same in 80 degree weather, without the turning leaves and beautiful fall weather. i'm definitely going through new england withdrawl.
posted by chacal at 9:48 AM on October 5, 2001

I am already signing my church's youth group up for the maze! Thanks for the inspiration jennak!!! I have always loved real mazes, and have been looking ever since I moved here from the UK (the penny arcade at Somerset has an awesome hedge and mirror maze!). Does anybody know of a REAL mirror maze in the DC area?
posted by prototype_octavius at 10:12 AM on October 5, 2001

smashing pumpkins
posted by Satapher at 10:35 AM on October 5, 2001

For those in Massachusetts (I didn't see any in Mass on the site jennak linked to) there's an awesome maze just outside of Worcester.
posted by dchase at 10:40 AM on October 5, 2001

i don't have a favorite teambuilding experience.
i'm sad.
posted by moz at 10:45 AM on October 5, 2001

My team went to the Amazon rainforest, where we lived for several months suspended naked in a big net, adults, children and pets, while leeches and biting insects nursed on us, we slept, ate and made love in a big smelly ball and groomed each other with our teeth. Now we're the top-selling sales team in the greater Upper Lower New Mexitucky area!
posted by rodii at 10:49 AM on October 5, 2001

Gee ... you got a net?
posted by sacre_bleu at 11:04 AM on October 5, 2001

Rodii, we'll always have the Amazon. I'm a better person--and a beter salesman--for the experience. I love you, man. Always be closing, lover. Always be closing.
posted by Skot at 11:20 AM on October 5, 2001

Gee ... you got a net?
Nets are for closers.
posted by rorschach at 11:31 AM on October 5, 2001

Favorite team building exercise: Friday Happy Hour
posted by eyeballkid at 12:44 PM on October 5, 2001

my favorite maize maze team building experience is to change the classification of the property from agricultural to commercial, and tax the living shit out of the 'farmer'.
but then, i'm a bureaucrat. mwuh ha ha ha.
posted by quonsar at 12:47 PM on October 5, 2001

jennak: Much thanks for the link -- turns out there's one only 45 minutes away. We'll head out there with the kids & some of their friends either this weekend or the next. Should be fun!

...unless we get hopelessly lost and too proud to call for help, and then we wander in the maze for days on end, trying in vain to find a way, any way, to get out...until finally, in desperation and crazed from hunger, the wife & kids decide to pull a "Donner Party Surprise" on me (being the most...uh, "weighty" member of the family)...

Maybe this isn't such a good idea... ;-)
posted by davidmsc at 1:55 PM on October 5, 2001

That one in Oahu, Hawaii is beautiful. I wouldn't mind getting lost in there.
posted by tenseone at 5:35 PM on October 5, 2001

We have used paintball in the past - something about beingin in the woods with a marker, brings out the natural leadership and bonding in our people... of course it could just be them wanting to "shoot the boss" that gets them out :-)

On topic a bit more... anyone know of one near Northern NJ or somewhere around NYC? I'd love to go to a maze like that :-)

posted by niteHawk at 6:06 PM on October 5, 2001

NiteHawk: It shouldn't be too hard to get to the Pleasant Valley site from Manhattan. Buses run to Poughkeepsie, at least, and there is probably a local bus or taxi service from there.
posted by bcwinters at 7:29 PM on October 5, 2001

"Upper Lower New Mexitucky area!" is that near Ypsitucky or nearer to Dexterco:)
posted by newnameintown at 12:27 PM on October 6, 2001

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