Fall is my favorite season. It is the perfect time of year, in my opinion. The air is cool and crisp, but the days are often still sunny enough to enjoy the outdoors. The leaves are changing colors, and the whole world is preparing for winter. Unfortunately, the season is all together too short. Sometimes it feels as if it only lasts a couple of weeks before snow is on the ground, at least in Alaska. Still, that doesn’t mean we should neglect autumn and its accompanying activities. Instead, it is all the more reason to enjoy fall and make the most of what it has to offer. Here are some ideas for you to make the most of your autumn season.
Take a Drive
Gas prices are beginning to go down after summer’s high mark-ups. The roads are less packed, and you don’t have to worry about winter driving skills quite yet. Why not take a drive onto a lesser-known highway or country road? I really enjoy driving out past farms and seeing how the harvest has been treating them. It may be a perfect time to enjoy seeing wildlife as birds move south for the winter. Enjoy the clear days that come your way and explore some beautiful scenic highways. Check with your local visitors’ center to see if they have any suggestions for driving tours in your area.
Go For a Hike
I love to hike in the fall. It is not so hot that if you really start moving that you begin to sweat. However, you are still not bogged down by the weight of winter clothing layers. Taking along a sweater or light jacket may be all you need to get out and enjoy some local trails. It really puts a new perspective on familiar trails to see them as the leaves change color and some plants have died down, revealing unexplored caves or beautiful rock structures. Perhaps there may be some berries ripe in your area along your pathways. A hike is also fantastic because it helps you keep your summer momentum going for your exercise routine.
Some fall days are just a bit chilly. Try your hand at baking or cooking something delicious that utilizes the flavors of the season. Fall, of course, brings to mind pumpkin pie. But how about changing things up a bit and trying out a new pumpkin recipe? Consider making a stuffed pumpkin, as in this recipe from J.K. Smith. Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe It combines some of the best autumn flavors into one creative dish, that will probably be a bit out of the norm for your family, but oh so good.
Check Out Local Activities
One of my favorite activities in the fall is a corn maze. They are simply good old-fashioned fun. Many farms produce small corn mazes as a means of supplementing their income, and you can visit one for just a few dollars for the whole family. Other growers create giant, amazing mazes that will astound you. I think that it is very possible to spend an entire afternoon running around a corn maze, trying to reach the center before anyone else in your group. Be on the look-out for signs that point to corn mazes. Or perhaps your area hosts other traditionally fall activities, such as pumpkin patch rides. Ask around for fun, often inexpensive goings-on in your community.
Don’t be limited by this list. Your area no doubt has festivals and other events that celebrate the autumn season. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of hibernation in the fall. It is the perfect time to get outside, be active, and enjoy the season. Create new family traditions this year by making the most of your fall.