I’m honestly not sure there’s anything better in this world than the month of October in New Hampshire. There should be a club for people who crave autumn in New England.
If there were a club for us, I would be President.
Well… I’m a white girl, and I’m currently wearing yoga pants. So let’s get started with my favorite things about fall:
- Pumpkin-flavored things are socially acceptable
- Two words: Sweater Weather
- Two more words: Riding Boots
- Corn mazes at night
- Pumpkin patches and apple orchards
- Apple cider, cider donuts, and apple crisp
- I get to wear colors like oxblood, mustard, and merlot
- The anticipation of the holidays – that festive feeling starts with autumn for me!
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In addition to being a basic bitch, I also crave autumn as a runner. There’s something really special about not melting or spontaneously bursting into flame the second I step outside. I wasn’t built for summer, winter, or construction season.
I’ve always felt like my senses are so much happier in fall, and here are some examples of my favorite reasons to hit the road/trails this time of year:
- Colors – the rich, warm riot of color from foliage; the grey, moody sky
- Light – the golden quality of autumn light heading into sunset; the way the light feels so precious and makes that lunchtime “runch” that much better; adventurous runs with friends on dark mornings when you can see the stars
- Textures – blankets of leaves layered on the ground; layers of deciduous and evergreen trees in the distance
- Sounds – the satisfying crunch of leaves underfoot; the sound of wind whipping through bare trees
- Scents – crisp, clean air; the earthy smell of dry leaves; smoke from backyard bonfires
- Temperature – fresh breezes; cool air flowing over your body as you move
I have a tendency to pick things as “landmarks” to run toward when I’m feeling like I want to walk. I’ll tell myself, “Run to that stop sign. Run to that mailbox. See how you feel and keep going if it feels good.” This time of year, though, I’m constantly picking bright trees as my landmarks. It feels like a game, and forces me to keep my eyes up instead of looking down at the ground. It’s a lovely way to pass the time and miles.
I can’t believe there are places in the world that don’t get to experience autumn. I feel so fortunate to live where I do, and to genuinely love it.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” -L.M. Montgomery