Time, once again, has failed to yield for me and the seasons are quickly changing. The shortened days of fall and their cool crisp autumn air have replaced the long warm days of summer. Fall is perhaps my favorite time of year in Missouri because we are blessed with temperatures that hover between 60 and 70 degrees and very little precipitation, making the weather ideal to get outside and enjoy the myriad of colors overtaking the lush Missouri foliage. Fall is a giving season, kind enough to provide us with our last opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature before Old Man Winter decides to settle in Missouri forcing most of us indoors waiting for spring to melt away our winter blues.
Luckily for me this fall has provided me with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without having to make any lavish or grandiose plans. Weddings, soccer games and practices and family gatherings have actually made me want to sit at home and relax at times. However, plans do not have to be made for you, although I am sure most of us find our schedules full at this time of the year, to enjoy the beauty of fall. The warmth provided by early fall days makes parks, such as Cuivre River State Park, a perfect place to visit for hiking and fishing and as the trees begin to take on their wonderful fall hues the parks become a beautiful backdrop for pictures of fall foliage.
Fall has also become a wonderful time to enjoy sports for both young and old alike. Area fields are filled with young soccer, baseball, softball and football players, gymnasiums hold volleyball games, golfers take to the links and runners and cyclists enjoy trails.
For those of us who enjoy a more relaxing way to spend our fall days, the cool nights make fall a perfect time for grilling and then enjoying a meal around a fire with friends and family. Children will also enjoy the opportunity a fire gives them to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
I feel like fall tends to be looked over as we transition out of summer mode filled with vacations, barbecues and time spent in pools, lakes and rivers. Fall, however offers its own unique experience allowing us to unwind from our busy summers, as well as a few more opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty Mother Nature has to offer. Just remember we only have a few more weeks before Old Man Winter will be knocking at our door.
By Clint Mix