I love fall. Like, pine-for-apple-cider-and-boots-and-sweaters-and-fuzzy-blankets-and-cozy-scarves, love fall. I’ll admit it. And while admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, I don’t find this to be a problem.
Fall in Washington is nothing short of amazing. The air is cool and crisp, apples are absolutely scrumptious, and a simmering pot of apple cider with cinnamon sticks will cure any ailment. Not to mention it’s time to break out the boots I stashed for summer and wear them with leggings like a boss. Throw in a scarf and you’ve pretty much got my everyday outfit. Let me tell you a bit more about our fall and why we love this season. (The pictures can speak for themselves.)
Last week, I spent a few days in Chelan, WA for a conference and was able to take in some scenery and enjoy the surroundings as I got to network with colleagues in my field. I drove over in beautiful sunshine, making the ride I usually take for granted (or ignore because I’ve made it so many times), extremely enjoyable. I thought on many occasions that I should pull over and take a picture.
Chelan is beautiful this time of year. While it’s the off-season, there is plenty to see and do, even when it’s not the height of the summer. We have a lot of friends who visit Chelan regularly, but I’ve only been here for this conference in the fall. Now I see why so many people love it and spend summers here. Between driving over and seeing the views of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers to stopping in Leavenworth on my way home, or visiting the gorgeous wineries along the way, it’s pretty exciting to call this state “home”. There is so much to offer and this season is no exception.
We also are excited for Halloween! Well, my oldest is interested, but not overly sold on this “spooky business”. Which is why she and her sister will be the cutest matching pink flamingos anyone has ever seen (says they’re totally not-biased mother) here in another few days! She loves to read her pop-up Halloween book with sounds, but will only read it while firmly seated in my lap, while I hold the book and she cautiously turns the pages. Poor kid. She’s a nervous nelly when it comes to that stuff, just like her mom. Heck, she’s braver than me – who am I kidding?!
We’ve also enjoyed the seasonal stuff like Oktoberfest beers on date day. My husband and I had a day off work together, sent the kids to daycare and happily had drinks at a local tasting room and lunch on the waterfront. It was a great way to catch up and spend some time together without trying to find a babysitter for the evening. We both love different Oktoberfest-type beers, but have also ventured out to try pumpkin/pumpkin spiced beers, too, when we can find them. ‘Tis the season and when in Rome and all that jazz, right?
Finally, one new thing we took the kids to was a local apple orchard. We’ve done the pumpkin patch thing in the past, but never the apple orchard. Oh. My. Gosh. That was too cute. My nephew and oldest had a great time, while my mom, sister and I took them through the petting zoo, let them play carnival games and then all enjoyed freshly made apple fritters. I’m talking right out of the fryer fresh. They were not super sweet or drenched in a glaze, but were sweet enough and had chunks of fresh apples picked literally feet from the bakery. Divine, absolutely divine. My only mistake was not getting two.
Thanks for reading about what we’ve been up to. Now…what’s your favorite thing about fall? And what kinds of things do you do this time of year? I’m always looking for ideas and fun ways to enjoy the season. Happy fall, y’all!