I truly love fall. It helps that fall tends to be beautiful around here — not too cold until December, but with all the color and crispness that comes from being at least semi-northern. I love hiking and biking and those tend to be marvelous fall activities, to say nothing of harvest-themed agricultural tourism. In particular, I think November is an under-rated month. The beginning still features full fall color here in southeastern PA (our annual family photos are scheduled for the first week of November) and then the month ends in the coziness of holiday anticipation.
Fall is spectacular, but it is also fleeting. Blink with the busyness of work and kid activities and you can miss the peak loveliness. So creating a Fall Fun List helps keep me accountable. These are the things I want to do to best enjoy the season. (Note: We have already gone apple picking! My favorite Honeycrisp apples turned out to be a late August harvest. However, there may be another opportunity….)
Visit the beach. Seeing the Maine coast over Labor Day weekend — as the first hints of fall color appeared on vines and underbrush — reminded me how beautiful seaside scenery can be off-season. I will probably go to Cape May for a day but it might be elsewhere.
Go to Hawk Mountain. We’ll be able to see the bird migrations and fall scenery in one place. I will accept another Pocono destination as a substitute.
Do fall puzzles. I have a few on order already — free thanks to my Amazon rewards points… Maybe I will work on them while sipping apple ciders or fall-themed craft beers. So that means finding some fun fall beverages (not pumpkin spice lattes — not my thing).
Enjoy some fall-themed art. I will do my research and figure out which fall paintings are in the local art museums. And I can listen to fall-themed music. Maybe read a fall-themed book? I would love to find some fall-themed children’s books to read with the 6-year-old, as our bedtime reading has felt a bit stale. I welcome suggestions!
Take a family bike ride. We now have four independent bikers!
Do the family photo shoot and print up some photos. I’d also like to use some of my own fall photos as art in the new house — so I need to take fall photos.
Do some morning runs. I can usually do one weekend morning, and the way we’re setting up the weekday schedule it’s possible I’ll be able to do a weekday or two as well. I’m running a half-marathon very soon.
Decorate with mums. This is a must as we will probably be listing the house during peak fall color season, so it would be good to have the outside look nice. (I need to declutter/clean the house in general…but this is a fall not-fun item). I also want to learn the names of several fall-blooming wildflowers, so I can identify them.
Go leaf-peeping in upstate New York. My little brother is hosting an in-person wedding celebration this fall (he and his wife got married in a Zoom ceremony last December) and so we’ll be in northern New York during one of the peak October weekends. They’ve already got apple picking and cider on the schedule.
Procure adorable Halloween costumes plenty in advance. Go to at least one community Halloween event (we went to a ton last fall…because I didn’t want the kids to realize they weren’t officially trick-or-treating).
NaNoWriMo? Maybe? Anyone else in….? I might have my next time management book mostly edited by November. Maybe a fall-themed novel…
What’s on your fall fun list?
In other news: We got four kids on three different buses yesterday morning. The toddler went out to see each of them off, and he wanted to go on the bus too! The mornings are long but so far going OK. This morning my husband drove the high schooler to school, but apparently the car line was absolutely ridiculous.
Today’s house decision is which color to use for the master bedroom closet. There is a huge price differential between “summer breeze” and “casting at first light.” I’m thinking maybe I go cheap(er – nothing home-related seems cheap these days) and spend the difference on nice clothes to go in the closet…
Photo: Maine, with just the tiniest hint of fall color