A week ago I wasn’t ready to give up on summer. Even though the kids went back to school, the weather was still quite warm, the pool still open, and the season just seemed to go by way too fast. Yet this week, the weather has cooled down, there are leaves and acorns in the driveway, I’m craving apples, and looking forward to autumn, which officially starts on September 22, 2012.
There’s something so refreshing about a good change in the weather. There’s a cool breeze, blue skies and a need for blanket at night. It’s a wonderful time of year to get outside.
Living in the Northeast, I am fortunate to see the fantastic color changing that goes on with the leaves in a few weeks. While the weather was quite warm this summer, these warm September days and cool nights should help make Mother Nature’s art show quite spectacular this year. Unfortunately, in areas that experienced the drought this summer, the leaves may fall off the trees before turning spectacular colors.
The fall to me is a great time to get outdoors and take a hike, pick apples, go on a hay ride, and/or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. I live close to the Delaware Water Gap which is a wonderful place to experience fall foliage, as is the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.
We do have a list of average Peak Foliage dates for the US in the Farmers’ Almanac and here. Our average frost dates calendar may also come in handy as you look to put your garden to bed this season (scroll down to the map). I’m not really looking forward to raking all the leaves this year, but then again that’s good exercise to help work off the apple cider donuts I hope to enjoy in a few weeks.
Autumn also reminds me of chili, soups, pumpkins, cider, and squash. Yum! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and share your thoughts on the fall. Where is your favorite place to go leaf peeping? What type of apples are your favorite? What do you enjoy about upcoming season?