Not just a reprieve from the dog days of summer, fall brings those cool, crisp mornings and the most beautiful, vibrant sunsets of the year. The lawn doesn’t need any more attention – even the weeds are taking a breather. It’s a time when you can work outdoors and never break a sweat. Fall is the time to bring in the firewood, and get the house prepared for winter. These are chores I happen to like doing, much more than cutting grass.
Fall is an anticipatory time as we have so many fun and festive holidays in front of us. From Halloween and Thanksgiving heading to Christmas and New Years, fall is the harbinger of our traditional family fun season. When you throw in some football, cold beer and pig roasts, it just don’t get better than fall… it just feels good!
On top of this I look around and see snow appearing on the mountain peaks, the Aspens are starting to turn gold and vivid colors are dotting the landscape. A few days ago my wife and I watched a young black bear wander through our property foraging for food in preparation for winter’s hibernation. The Blacktail deer’s coats have already changed color seemingly overnight. I’m glad to be alive and living in Montana.
Fall is one of the best times to visit NW Montana and take in Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. The roads are less crowded as most of the tourists have returned home. At this time of the year you can find yourself alone in the wilderness, soaking up nature’s majesty – yet civilization (beer, football and pig roasts) is just around the next corner.
PS: I feel the need to apologize for my hiatus; this was a surprise for both of us. Since I last posted I traveled to Florida for a family wedding and reunion, then a trip to Salt Lake City on business. Hopefully my wanderlust has been satisfied for 2007.
Oh and BTW, that photo of the buck above was taken earlier this week. This young fellow and three of his lady friends were hanging about in my front yard and I just happened to have my digital camera at the ready.