I've never been a big fan of autumn. Growing up, it meant the time to start football practice, and all I remember about that is running laps, sweating, grunting, and drinking water from a dirty hose. I just wanted it to be over. Unfortunately, I've carried that bias against this season for years.
Besides, later as a Floridian, I didn't really notice seasons at all. The temps dropped a few degrees, but the humidity was always high, and you could pretty much always get a sunburn.
So I didn't really understand all the hubbub about fall here in New England last year. People were getting orgasmic about cider, doughnuts, long drives to look at leaves, apple-picking, and mazes. Co-workers buzzed about their plans to go up to Vermont or take brisk hikes. Really? I thought leaves were nice, and I've never been one to turn down a doughnut, but the excitement escaped me.
This year is different. I really want to embrace the season. I've got four hoodies and a good pie pan just waiting for a pile of sliced apples. What should I do? What are your favorite fall escapes or activities? How can I really embrace this time of year like a true New Englander before I get a hernia shoveling snow (or least feel bad while I watch my husband do it)?
Here are my four must-dos this season. Are these good choices? What should I add to the list? I'll compile the best responses into a new blog post.
- Take a drive up to the Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. I love ice cream, so why not make that part of my excuse to check out the leaves for the season. Maybe I could make a trip over to the Trapp Family Lodge on the way back while listening to the Sound of Music.
- Go apple picking. If nothing else, it'll turn into a chance to bake pies and muffins for a few days. The whole experience seems too New England-ish to pass up.
- Go to a farm to buy a pumpkin, carve a jack-o'-lantern, and bake a pie with the innards.
- Stop by Harpoon Brewery for a taste of their fall beers. I've never been, and I love a good fall brew.
Those are the options I have in mind. What should I add or remove? What would make this a season I'll love?
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