It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, I’m not singing Christmas carols in September. I am talking about AUTUMN! You see, fall is my favorite season. Along with the cooler temperatures, there’s an excitement in air! For this Friday Five I am linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, and Mar at Mar on the Run. This week we are blogging about our favorite fall activities. Here are a few of the reasons I love this time of year:
Is there anything more fall than football? I mean the cheering crowds, the marching bands, the rivalries? I am not a die hard fan of any one team, but I just love to catch a football game on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. My dad has always been a big sports fan, but I think my true love of this fall pastime started when I moved to Alabama, in the heart of SEC country. I grew up in Big 10 territory, but there is nothing quite like an SEC football game!
Another fall activity that takes me back to my youth is picking apples. You won’t find many in the south, but I fondly remember many school field trips and family outings to apple orchards in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The apples are perfectly in season. Crisp. Tart. Juicy. There is nothing more fall than sitting under an apple tree enjoying a cup of freshly pressed apple cider and a warm handmade doughnut. Pure fall bliss!
Dressing up in costumes. Scary haunted houses. Jack-o-lanterns. Corn mazes. Free candy! How can you not love Halloween? It was always a favorite holiday as a child. Then I went to off to a college that hosts the largest Halloween party in the country. Ohio University throws an EPIC Halloween bash. Thousands flock to Athens each year for a raucous party that lasts nearly 24 hours. It’s a tradition that goes back decades. Halloween at OU was an experience like no other. As an adult, I continue to love Halloween. However, you’re more likely to see me at Walt Disney World’s Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s a little tamer than the parties of my college days.
Hiking through Color-Changing Leaves
Mother Nature knows how to put on a show. She also knows how to paint a beautiful picture. There is a small window to view the fiery red, orange, and gold leaves before they fall to the ground. What better way to experience the beauty the changing colors than to hike under the trees. This is a great time of year to take a hike. Get out there and enjoy it!
Some consider sitting around a bonfire to be a summer activity. But if you’re from the Midwest, you know fall is the time to meet friends around the fire pit with a glass of hot cider (or hard cider!) in hand. Throughout high school and college, bonfires were a tradition on big football game weekends, such as homecoming. These days, the only home I am coming to is my own. So sitting in my backyard with my family and friends around a roaring bonfire on a cool, crisp fall night is perfection!
What are you favorite fall activities? Let me know in the comments below.
(On a side note, I am actually spending this first weekend of fall at a church retreat. I will not have access to this blog over the weekend, so I will not be able to approve comments until Sunday evening. But I’d still love to read you comments, so please post!)