Kids are back in school. Football’s back on the TV. Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest!
When I lived in Arizona, I used to get intensely homesick in the fall. Sure, there are Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweaters, and football in the Southwest, but the accouterments of autumn lose some of their luster when the temperature is still in the high 90s.
Here are the five things that I love most about fall in the Northwest:
The Weather, The Weather, The Weather!
It is impossible to overstate the beauty of Indian summers. Foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon: fall weather in the Pacific Northwest cannot be beat. Anywhere.
When I lived in Arizona, my community had a “farmer’s market” two or three times a year. This meant that the local corner grocery store rolled their produce carts outside and pretended they were full of local produce. Not even kidding! No fake farmer’s markets are necessary here, though! The Northwest is a cornucopia of delicious food this time of year, making true garden-to-table eating easy!
Where else can you eat a deep-fried-Snickers-on-a-stick, see a thousand pound pumpkin, and take a spin on the Zipper? Fair week was practically an official holiday in my hometown. Passing an afternoon pretending to be an expert on livestock and produce, conissuer of fair food, and watcher of the crowds transports me to a simpler time when the fair was a place to see and be seen.
The transformation from gnarly tuber in the spring to vibrant bloom in the fall never ceases to amaze me. My mom plants about 50 bulbs every year, and walking through her dahlia garden searching for the perfect blooms feels so luxurious — like I’m painting in flowers.
Geese. Leaves. Frost. I love nature’s colors, smells, and sounds in the fall. The sweet, musty smell of fallen leaves automatically makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Welcome, fall! It’s good to see you, old friend.
What’s your favorite part of fall in the PNW?