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Fall!

As I post this, fall is only 2 1/2 hours away. Yay! My favorite season – at least in the Sierra. Not that winter (snow!), summer (sun!), spring (waterfalls!) are far behind, but late September and early October are, in many ways, the most beautiful time of the year in my favorite mountain range. A few reasons:

  • No mosquitos!
  • Few people.
  • Color – alpine plants turning red and yellow and brown. And those aspen trees!
  • Weather – sure it can get cold at night and you might even have a few inches of short-lived snow, but there is nothing more perfect than a warm October day in the high Sierra.
  • The feeling that everything is slowing down in preparation for winter. The plants stop growing and gradually go dormant, the rivers and creeks diminish, the days grow shorter – and there is something I can’t quite identify in the very air this time of year.
  • Did I mention… no mosquitos!!!?

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September 22, 2006 - Posted by | Commentary

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