I don’t know that I actually have a favorite season. I love all of them! (Except for the winter. I hate that one.) I think the best part is right when the weather starts changing.
In all honesty, I’ve been in denial that summer is over, and have been actively boycotting all things Fall. No Fall beers, no haunted houses, and no pumpkin patches.. None of it… other than football, of course. I can’t get enough of that.
Now that it’s October, I really can’t put off the inevitable any longer. There’s a new crispness to the air, and it smells like fall. The leaves are starting to change, I have to wear a sweatshirt when I take Argos out in the morning, there are pumpkin spice lattes everywhere I go. It’s all perfect.
There’s something about Fall that makes it different than all the other seasons. It brings out the #BASIC in everyone. Although it was about 80 degrees, I decided it was about time to get moving on some of the Fall festivities!
I tried, and failed at a few of them this weekend.
Where to start?
Well, on Saturday I ventured out to the east side to go to Patterson’s Fruit Farm and go apple picking for the first time ever. I’ve wanted to go for the last several years and never make it. This was going to be the year! I figured out when my favorite apples were in season, grabbed my friend Hannah and went on our merry way excited to come home with my weight in honeycrisp apples. Well. Needless to say, it didn’t go as planned.
After trekking out to Chesterland from Old Brooklyn, we find out that the apples we wanted were picked weeks earlier. BOO. They actually weren’t picking at the location that day at all, and we would have to go to one of their other locations, which was having their Family Fun Fest so there would be a ton of kids picking apples too. Instead of fighting against strollers, we decided to buy some apples & pies and chalk it up to a loss. (But don’t worry, I still made sure to pretend to pick apples so that my mom knows I’m doing things and not sitting home watching The Office on repeat.) Although it was a little bit of a disaster, Argos and I have been splitting delicious apples all week, and I got to spend quality time with one of my best friends!
One down, one to go.
I went for a hike out at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. Like… even further out there on the east side. I was expecting a serene afternoon with changing trees, crisp temperatures, and quiet. What I got was much different than that.
It also happened to be their family-friendly weekend event, “Goblins in the Gardens”. The place was swimming with kids in costumes. Princesses, unicorns, Ninja Turtles, even some kid with an inflatable jet pack. (I’m still not exactly sure what he was, but he looked pretty cool.) It sure wasn’t quiet. It was nice to see so many kids enjoying the gardens and trick-or-treating on the trail, but definitely not the peaceful afternoon that I was planning. The leaves haven’t quite changed yet, either. Luckily fall instead over quite yet. I’ll be back out there for round 2 – and this time will be more peaceful, I’m sure!
Couple weeks too late for apples. Couple weeks too early for colorful trees. I couldn’t win! It was a great weekend with great people, and paved the way for better fall events to come! Corn mazes, fall brewery tours, haunted houses, and even a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by Score on Instagram! Stay tuned for details on that!