Tuesday night gave us a sneak peek at what’s to come this fall, as temperatures dropped into the 40s overnight.
The crisp, cool air felt invigorating as I breathed it in. It made me long for what’s to come this fall.
Fall has always been my favorite season. The weather has always been an important part of that.
But I also love everything else that comes with fall – the colors, the wildlife and all the activities.
One of the biggest things I missed while I lived in St. Louis was there wasn’t really a fall season there. It was hot and muggy all summer long. That continued through the fall months, except for about a two-week stretch where it felt like fall. And then, suddenly, it was winter. Thankfully, winter in St. Louis wasn’t all that bad.
Missing out on the typical fall weather and not seeing the leaves changing colors always made me long for home, where I could experience the changing of the seasons.
It seems minor, but it’s something I don’t take for granted.
To me, fall means cool, enjoyable weather that allows me to comfortably wear a sweatshirt (or my trademark flannel shirts).
It means watching the colors of the leaves slowly change colors, creating beautiful panoramas of auburn, gold and orange.
It means watching the wildlife come out and be more active. I know it’s not quite fall yet, but just in the past few weeks I’ve been able to photograph deer at Fogle Lake, a red-tailed hawk in Creston and, just last night, a whole flock of Painted Lady butterflies in Creston.
Fall means high school football bringing entire communities together on Friday nights. It also means waking up early Saturday mornings to watch “College GameDay” before watching college football from 11 a.m. until the wee hours of Sunday morning when the late-night west coast games finish.
Fall means carving pumpkins with my nephews, which is one of my favorite traditions. I was disappointed it was one I had to miss out on last year, since I was visiting my sister in London during the lead-up to Halloween.
It also means watching movies I associate with fall, like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “E.T.” That’s one I haven’t done a good job of in the past few years, as I’ve often felt too busy. But this year, I intend to make time to watch each of those movies.
With fall also comes the only race I consistently run every year anymore – Living History Farms. And, unfortunately, that means training for Living History Farms. Each year, it’s become more and more difficult to train for the race as I have had a lingering IT band problem for the past three years.
I once again find myself trying to nurse my IT band back to health right now, so I can start working to get myself into shape for the race. I’m down to two and a half months before the race, so I need to start training soon. My goal will once again be to finish in the top half of our Prestige Worldwide team, made up of my former teammates at Saint Louis University and Jake Waddingham, assuming he can make it back for the race this year.
The forecast is calling for temperatures back in the 80s the rest of this week, so I’m going to have to wait a little bit longer for fall to be here for good. But, I’ll be waiting. And I’ll be ready to enjoy it when it does arrive.
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