Fall Foliage: A Pumpkin Spiced Post

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That’s right. Nowadays, everything has to be pumpkin spiced!

So we figured, why not share a little post about the beauty of fall?

Every autumn in the New England states, October brought with it chilly weather, pumpkins, apple picking and spectacular fall foliage.

It brought with it hot mulled apple cider, keeping your hands warm on a crisp day, the first day you pull out your gloves and can see your breath mist.

October brought with it a sense of warmth and harvest and sweetness.

I enjoy my swampy Houston home, but man, there are times when I truly miss the spectacle of autumn.

Jessi and I grew up in the frigid north, and she, too, has that irreplaceable sense of nostalgia for all things fall when she pines for Ohio.

Here are a few fond memories I have of my time spent in Massachusetts and Colorado, and all the joys of pumpkin spiced weather.

Fall Foliage: Hiking in Colorado

Boulder County has tons of really great hiking paths, and in the fall, the wooden paths and mountain trails are constantly beckoning.

Colorado prairie with fall foliage and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Colorado prairie with fall foliage and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
A leafy fall path among the rushes at Boulder County Open Space in Boulder, Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
A leafy fall path among the rushes at Boulder County Open Space in Boulder, Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

Fall Foliage: School-time Activities

For me, September and October bring strong memories of school buses and new backpacks. Or, in the case of the pictures below, my time spent in graduate school in Boulder, Colorado. By then, I’d traded my school bus for a Toyota, and my backpack for a computer bag and piles of academic papers.

Can you just feel the mountain breeze in these pictures?

A path on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
A path on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Beautiful fall foliage in Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Beautiful fall foliage in Colorado, on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

For one of my graduate classes in zoology and field studies, I got to hang out in the Colorado wilderness and make a survey of the number of bird species I could count. It was a great excuse to get outside in the fresh Colorado mornings, sitting by the many ponds and open space land in the Boulder area to count avian fauna. Talk about experiential education!

Plus, it was really stunningly pretty!

Golden Aspens in Colorado. Image  (c) Outbound Adventurer
Golden Aspens in Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

The sunlight! The stark red leaves! Cue the angelic chorus!

Bright red foliage in Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Bright red foliage in Colorado. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

Back in the sunny Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, fall kind of explodes with color, and leaf-peepers come from all around to bask in the rainbow.

I also spent my book-learning years here, at the University of Massachusetts. Good old school memories, walking the old campus lawns.

The campus pond area at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
The campus pond area at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
The Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
The Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Foliage in the fall in Amherst, Massachusetts. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Foliage in the fall in Amherst, Massachusetts. Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

 The Great Pumpkin

Finally, I can’t have a post about pumpkin spice without…no, not Starbucks…but a pumpkin.

Albeit, Boston style. This is how crazy my hometown gets about the Boston Red Sox.

You might say we’re out of our…gourds?

Nothing says "Let's Go Red Sox!" like a decorated pumpkin! Image (c) Outbound Adventurer
Nothing says “Let’s Go Red Sox!” like a decorated pumpkin! Image (c) Outbound Adventurer

 

Got any good stories about Autumn-slash-Fall? What’s it like in the Southern Hemisphere? Is the changing of the leaves a big deal where you live? We’d love to hear from you!

 

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