Last week I shared how I did on my summer fun list. Since fall also has very strong seasonal associations for me, this year I decided to create a fall fun list to help me really enjoy autumn. Those weeks when the leaves are at their peak always seem fleeting. Here are a few things I would like to do before the leaves are all down from the trees.
Pick apples. We already did this. In past years I’ve forgotten that my favorite kinds of apples actually peak in late August/early September, not late September/early October (which I think of as fall apple picking season). Since the kids didn’t start school until after Labor Day, G and I took them last week. We are now flush with Galas and Honeycrisps! We may go again later, but not until we work through the massive baskets of fruit on the counter.
Go to an Eagles game. I won a pair of really good seats through our preschool’s silent auction in March, so I’m taking my second kid for his 8th birthday. Since he will also be going to a Texas A&M game in College Station with my husband (and his older brother), he will be having quite the football fall!
See the bird migration in Cape May. My husband and I went to Cape May for a 24-hour anniversary trip, and enjoyed walking through a nature preserve right by the tip of the peninsula. Many migratory species stop here on their journey south for the winter, so we want to go back and check it out (plus the changing colors of the coastal landscape). We may do this as a family, but I have also identified a day I will be speaking in New Jersey (and thus will be halfway there) as a good possibility to go solo.
Visit Jim Thorpe plus the Lehigh Gorge. This is such a beautiful place to see the changing leaves, and it’s less than 90 minutes from our house. We may hike or bike there (or both!)
Go on a hike somewhere else too, during the colorful foliage. I am currently planning on taking the big kids on an overnight trip in northern PA in late September, when they have Rosh Hashanah off from school.
See the chrysanthemums at Longwood Gardens. They always have a great seasonal display, and it’s a good excuse to go see the grounds during autumn. Speaking of autumn flowers, I also want to get lots of mums for my yard. Some neighbors really do it up with large pots of mums and I love the colors. I tend to think of this as something other people do, but there’s really no reason we couldn’t visit a garden or hardware store, and exchange money for consumer products such as giant flower pots, as other people do. I’m actually working on a blog post on my complete blind spot on realizing that I can make purchases to improve my physical surroundings. I caught myself looking at my bed yet again this morning and thinking “hmm, I wish I had nicer pillows” as if they were going to appear via the pillow fairy.
Order Halloween costumes by October 15. The kids can be what they want and I won’t need to pay rush shipping charges. I have left this until the last minute a few years in the past, and given my non-crafty nature, it’s not pretty.
Go to the elementary school’s Halloween parade (twice). This is always really cute, and since the afternoon session kindergartners parade separately, I’ll be going to multiple parades. This sounds slightly maddening, but since I know it will happen, I’ve just marked it on my calendar and I will embrace the reality. My husband also cleared the 31st on the calendar. We are prepared!
Go on a hayride.
Do at least one community Halloween activity. Not sure yet if this will be Boo at the Zoo, or the Please Touch Museum’s Halloween festivities, but we will do one!
Read a very fall feeling book. If you’re looking for such a tale, the first half of The Cortlandt Boys (my novel) takes place in the Poconos in fall, with all the landscape and color described. I welcome suggestions of another book for me to try. Cozy, maybe just slightly spooky (but not too scary — I don’t do horror or must-turn-page suspense), thick on the description and the character development. Ideas?
Go for at least one >10 mile run through the fall foliage. Autumn is a wonderful time for running. Cooler temps, beautiful scenery. I am not signed up for any races because I realized I can run 13.1 miles without the drama if I want, but I do want to nudge myself to do some longer runs, and maybe this list will help with that.
What makes fall feel like fall for you?
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