Is there any better season than Autumn?
As much as I love summer, I look forward to all that Autumn has to offer and find myself counting the days by mid-August. Unlike a lot of summertime attractions that aren't really social-distance-ready (concerts, amusement parks, fireworks celebrations) many fall activities help us to get the most out of the season while keeping it easy to social distance.
Here is a list of my family's top five for fall:
1. Visit a pumpkin patch - walking a pumpkin field is about as fall-like as it gets. Kids love choosing their own pumpkins, and you're also helping support a small farm/business at the same time. Win-win.
2. Go on a hike - there is no better way to enjoy the changing colors of the season than taking a woodland hike. Along the way, snap photos and collect acorns and pinecones to use for fall decor. Plus, you'll burn some calories!
3. Go apple picking - nothing beats the taste of a homegrown apple . Most orchards grow a variety of apples, but it is always best to visit the farms' web site or social media ahead of time to see when your favorite is available. Happy picking!
4. Fall bake-and-share - why wait for the winter holidays to do a cookie exchange? Organize a fall dessert exchange with family, friends and neighbors. Whip up your creations at home, then leave on front porches to keep make it socially distant. Get creative with your apples, sugar pumpkins, or even fall squashes!
5. Leaf raking - this fall chore is really not that bad if you a) take breaks to enjoy a nice cup of hot apple cider, pumpkin spice coffee or hot cinnamon tea with that fall pumpkin bread you scored in your baking exchange; b) crank up some tunes while raking; and c) use it as an act of kindess to help out neighbors who may need it. The time will fly!
What is your favorite fall activity?