The coming of autumn always makes me sad. I have to say goodbye to those long summer evenings; my hiking days are coming to a close for the year; the garden dies and we're stuck with broccoli and winter squash for dinner seemingly every night; and most of all I dread being in the cold and dark for what feels like half the year.
BUT the fact is that the end of October into the first week of November is likely the prettiest time of year here in Siskiyou County. We have these gorgeous black oaks, you see, and the hills turn bright orange. Most years there is fresh snow on the mountain. The nights are cold, but often the days are in the 60s and sunny. So I try to drink in the beauty and enjoy this moment.
Here are some views from two walks we took this week out our back door:
And as I write, it's snowing and the moment has passed... thank you for blessing us, fall! We'll miss you!