Don’t you just LOVE a glorious autumn season? I know I do! There are so many things to do that just can’t be done in other seasons of the year. There’s leaf viewing, wildlife watching, pumpkin gathering, decorating for autumn, festivals to experience, and so on. Autumn really is just glorious, isn’t it?
I recently had a planned overseas trip right in the middle of autumn! And I do love the autumn season so much. So what do you do when you know the aspens in the mountains will likely drop their leaves before you return? You head to the mountains, that’s what!
Head to the Mountains for Your Autumn Season Leaf Viewing
Luckily, I was able to find a few spots where the aspens were already turning in mid-September. I took all the pictures I could! I have to admit, I am very lucky to live just an hour away from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. So, it’s generally pretty easy to get up there for my oh so necessary nature fix. And when the autumn season is upon us here, it just doesn’t get better than that!
This particular trip to the mountains, I drove past Estes Park and over the mountains to tiny, Grand Lake. That may be a tiny town, but it has so much to offer! There are lakes, mountain lodges, quaint festivals, hiking trails, great food, and shopping! I mean, a girl has to shop sometime doesn’t she? I try to get out there as often as I can since it’s a less crowded town to see nature at it’s best. Besides, while driving through RMNP, you get to see all kinds of wildlife which is so thrilling to me! You will love it too when you come to RMNP. That is unless you’re like the woman I overheard at the Grand Canyon once saying, “It’s just a big hole in the ground.” WHAT????
If you don’t have mountains in your area, you can still find autumn color if you just look for it. Believe me, I’m from Louisiana where there were mostly pine and cypress trees, with some beautiful magnolia trees thrown in there as well as some pecan trees. But none of them made for gorgeous autumn viewing. But the wild shrubs and dogwood trees, the ornamental pear trees and such, that’s where you found the color down south! Where do you find autumn color where you live?
Notice the Wildlife During the Autumn Season
Have you ever noticed how busy wildlife is during autumn? They are frantically looking for food to store for wintertime eating around where I live. The other morning I looked out the window by my front door to see a squirrel eating the kernels off of the decorative corn I had set out in my autumn display! When he quickly ran away with his treasures, I looked back to see a wild rabbit had jumped up to there to eat that corn too!!!
We have a prodigious amount of elk in our area too. My husband sees them on the golf courses not far from our house! And once a year about this time, we head up to Estes Park to see them take over the town! I’m not kidding you! They walk around t town like it’s their town and the resident are the visitors. Which I guess, it really is the elks’ town since they were there long before people. You have to stay away from them because it is the mating season and those bull elks can get pretty aggressive! But when you hear those massive elk bodies bugling their mating call, it’s a little on the funny side since it starts at a medium pitch and crescendos to a high, high pitched squeal! It’s so unusual that once you hear it, you never forget what it sounds like. If you don’t believe me, here’s a link to the sound of a bugling elk.
Take in a Fall Festival
Who doesn’t love a good Fall Festival during the autumn season? My favorite festivals are in autumn. There’s festival food to eat, arts and crafts to buy, prize farm animals to see, live music, and games to play. Did I mention fall festival food? There’s so much great food and we probably won’t eat it again until next autumn, right? So let’s dig into the cotton candy, caramel apples, funnel cakes, huge turkey legs, bratwurst on a stick, and so many others I’ll gain weight just thinking of it all!
Go to the Pumpkin Patch
When my kids were growing up, I would take them to the “pumpkin patch” to pick out the ones they wanted to carve for Halloween. We lived in the city and didn’t know anyone with a pumpkin farm so we went to the next best thing, the Methodist church! That must be a serious fundraiser that only the Methodists know about because every town I’ve lived in, it’s always the Methodist church that has the great pumpkins to sell! My kids looked forward to the special day that we went to the pumpkin patch. That was serious business, right? There were round pumpkins, tall pumpkins, tiny pumpkins, and pumpkins of odd shapes. Such a hard decision! They always managed to find just the right ones though!
The Pumpkin Farm
Since we moved up north, there are huge pumpkin farms all around where we live. Remember I told you that I was on an overseas trip recently? Well, the day after I returned you can bet we headed straight out to my favorite pumpkin farm to get our pumpkins! There was a big cold front expected the next day, and we wanted to make sure we searched for our pumpkins on a beautiful day! I’m pretty sure everyone in our town had the same idea because when we got to the farm, cars were lining the roads on both sides and the parking lot was full! Who knew?
After stalking people with their wagons full of pumpkins headed to their cars, we finally found a parking place! Oh, Joy! Now, this pumpkin farm isn’t just a farm. They really do it right! There are farm animals to see, all kinds of pumpkins, corn, and gourds displayed. They are stacked on top of old farm wagons or on hay bales around the farmyard. They sell food and drinks and have giant trucks and hay wagons for people to ride in. This year to my utter delight, they even had a “sunflower lane” with the tall golden flowers swaying in the crisp breeze. If you know me, you know that I LOVE my sunflowers! People brought their pets dressed in Halloween costumes, and children were so excited and running all around. It just made my heart swell!
And the pumpkins!. There are all kinds of pumpkins at this farm and in all different colors! We found a few we wanted, but I wanted some unusual and different colored ones, so I headed out to the fields to find some treasures! There were white pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, green and white pumpkins that looked like gourds, and tons of orange pumpkins. I was in pumpkin heaven! I gathered as many different ones as I could carry in my arms (didn’t take the wagon into the fields). That was three small ones and I wished I could carry even more! Then we headed home with our autumn treasures!
This Glorious Autumn Season
Well, there you have it, folks, Of course, these are only some of the things that makes the autumn season special but the ones I love the most, and I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing my stories. You can still make your autumn season special too! There are still leaves to see, festivals to attend, wildlife scurrying about, and always the important trip to YOUR pumpkin patch. But better get moving on it, or you may see the scene I photographed the next day following our trip to the pumpkin farm.
Yep! That’s right; we had a very early October snow storm! Hot cocoa in store next for this girl!
Happy Fall Y’all!
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