Sunday, October 28, 2007

Stop reading this and GET OUTSIDE!!

You may have noticed my blogging has been a little weak lately. It's not that I don't have anything fun to blog about, in fact I have a couple hundred photos sitting 0n my camera at this moment from the past few weeks. It's just that it's the best time of year, FALL! Yesterday I was all of a sudden overwhelmed with how amazing it is outside and how lucky I am to be able to enjoy autumn. Here's a list of all the things I love about the fall that come to mind right now:

  • Honeycrisp apples. Best apples on earth, and you can only get them right now.
  • Any other Minnesota apple (fireside, haralson...) See above
  • Cool, crisp weather
  • Frost on the grass in the mornings, warm afternoons
  • Cloudless days
  • Red sumac
  • Yellow sugar maple leaves
  • Running in state/local parks. Lake Elmo Park, Hyland Hills are AMAZING RIGHT NOW! Leave the computer and go to one of those parks at this moment! I've spent the past two days at those parks.
  • The Mississippi River Gorge. Walk/run/bike the river roads. Stand on a bridge and look up and down the gorge. Go down to Pike Island. I start to forget I'm in a city. The yellows are just phenomenal right now, especially on the river road by St. Thomas.
  • Harvest moon. Bright nights. Low humidity means you can see the finer details of the moon. Stare at it. For a while. The moon is waning right now, so enjoy it tonight!
  • The promise of winter, the memories of summer.
  • Halloween and Thanksgiving, 2 holidays that are all about food and fun!
So get outside! There's no rain and virtually no clouds forecast all week. Take a half-day from work, or a whole day, go enjoy the last bits of fall. Then let me know where your favorite spots are!

And in other news, congrats to Ed on a great Marine Corps Marathon today! I'll be in DC in a few days. I wish I had time for a Shenandoah trip. This would be the PERFECT weekend to go...


Kirk said...

Strangely, I've fallen in love with the Honey Gold Apple and actually put them in front of Honey Crisp. Maybe it is because that is what is my fridge. I have a very short memory. On the rest of the post, I agree. I spent 90 minutes of my day running through Lebanon Hills and was in awe of this time of year. I love it I love it I love it. Or, as Emily would say, I want to take it out back and get it pregant.

Ed Kohler said...

Great list. The one thing that annoys me is trying to figure out how to dress for the cool mornings and warm afternoons. I find myself overheating on the way home from work.

Fall smells great in the woods. Lebanon Hills sounds like it's worth checking out.

Rocco said...

To defend Emily, that quote is actually from 30 Rock.

And so I really have to go out to Lake Elmo now? It's late, dark, and cold. I think I'll surf the web instead. There's some funny cat cartoons out there to chwck out.