Saturday, September 4, 2010

Autumn Memories

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Autumn is by far my favorite season, and here's why. I was born and have lived all my life in a city in central Florida, which pretty much has two seasons a year, spring and summer. This past winter was an exception to that, but it's pretty rare. Some of the leaves here do change color with the seasons, but they're still pretty dull. About the only real giveaway that Autumn has arrived is that it's less humid and the mosquitoes become less numerous. A few of the churches in this area have fall festivals, but they're pretty much just carnivals.

About 25 years ago my parents bought some land near Asheville, NC after we took a family vacation there to see some property that my sister and her husband owned in the area. Almost every year after that until very recently, we always went back in late October right around the time the leaves were changing. We would rent a cabin up in the mountains and over the years made many fond memories, from horseback riding and whitewater rafting to gem mining and craft fairs and fall festivals. Even though we went every year for several years, it never got old.

There's something magical about a small town autumn in the mountains. The brilliant yellow, orange and crimson leaves contrasted by the turquoise blue of the sky. The clean, crisp smell of the air mingled with the scent of damp earth and leaves. The bounty of the harvest and numerous handmade arts and crafts on display at the roadside markets and fall festivals. Sitting on the porch of a cabin in the mountains at night gazing up at the multitude of twinkling stars overhead, a cup of hot spiced cider in hand.

I seriously need to stop now before I get too nostalgic! What are your favorite memories relating to Autumn?   


SIS BJ said...

Hi Krys. Great post. As you know, I love Autumn. It feels like Autumn here in Indiana. I have benn taking long after dinner walks with my family.

Autumn memories? I have a lot, but my favorite is riding horses in the woods. Loved the changing colors of the trees.

Beth Ciotta said...

"We would rent a cabin up in the mountains and over the years made many fond memories, from horseback riding and whitewater rafting to gem mining and craft fairs and fall festivals."

Okay. That just sounds WONDERFUL! Excuse me while I revel in your memory, Krys.

SIS Beth

Krys said...

BJ - I've only been horseback riding twice in my life, both times in NC. It was quite an experience that I hope to do again.

Beth - Revel away, I know I do, too! I'm hoping to be able to go back there at least one more time in the next few years, I really miss it.

Anonymous said...

Well, not being a native Floridian, I have memories of Autumn. Probably my favorite was being a kid at the Harvest Homecoming each year. It was put on by the city, not a church. It felt like a festival and not a carnival. The leaves had changed, the cooler weather was definitely present, and pumpkins were everywhere. That's where I had my first caramel apple and chocolate covered bananas. LOL

Now, as an adult, I've been to North Carolina in October thanks to Krystoff and his family. I can say that as great as Harvest Homecomings were, and jumping into a pile of leaves at my Grandmother's house, there's nothing like being in the mountains in Autumn. The Blue Ridge Mountains has by far the prettiest scenery EVER. The layers upon layers of trees with the different color leaves look like a crocheted blanket when viewed from the right angle.

All in all, Autumn is my second favorite season and one that is truly missed living in Florida. I will always be grateful that I grew up knowing what Autumn can be and reveling in it as a kid, which is when it's best enjoyed.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Wendy

The Blue Ridge Mountains sound beautiful. Wish I could see them.

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