“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” wrote L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. With the emergence of autumn comes cooling temperatures and finally fading humidity, shifting scenery into golden, crisper colors, and all our favorite signature produce, fresh and ripe just in time for Thanksgiving. October practically begs you to venture outside and breathe in its brisk air! Here are four outdoor excursions to help you welcome the season of gratitude.
Celebrate Harvest with a Festival
Harvest festivals are historical celebrations devoted to the annual relief that would accompany a promise of plentiful food for the year, and attending one is a great way to cherish autumn in the company of other fall-lovers. Activities hosted at these events may include hayrides, bale tosses, petting zoos, cider presses, communal assembly of scarecrows, judging of produce, and outdoor games. Turn to Google for harvest festivals in your specific region – here is a list of 25 across the country to get you started. Some are even dedicated to a specific fruit or vegetable!
Pick Apples – and Do Something with Them!
How satisfying is it knowing you are responsible for the food on your plate? Long-term gardening may be a commitment, but visiting an apple orchard takes only a lovely afternoon. Check out PickYourOwn for updated lists of farms open for picking, along with instructions on how to then can your harvested goods. You can fill your pantry with applesauce or jam to enjoy all fall long, whip up enough to scoop into cute mason jars and share as holiday gifts, or bake a fresh pie right then and there, after working up an appetite on your seasonal excursion.
Challenge Friends to Fall Activities
Although we love cozying up as the degrees drop, you can still have some fun with a little friendly competition. Corn mazes, for example, offer excitement for the whole family. Split into teams, or see how fast you can all find the exit together, and then work towards beating your personal record if that’s too easy. For a pumpkin carving contest, encourage your friends or family to vote for their top choices, or assign superlative awards like “Spookiest,” “Funniest,” and “Most Creative.” (Pinterest may provide significant help in the design department!) And remember to save the seeds! Go online and look up corn mazes and pumpkin patches close to you.
Take a Hike
Achieve your daily step goal while simultaneously appreciating the transitioning landscapes – take a walk on a trail, at a garden, through a park, or just around your neighborhood. The changing of the seasons means unique colors, foliage, and views, so take this time to slow down, to breathe, to stop and smell the roses. Bonus idea: Bring along a camera or art supplies, and then sit and embrace the natural inspiration. Or, collect leaves and pinecones to craft a wreath or other autumnal home decor afterwards.
Do you have any special fall traditions or ideas for other new activities? Share your input with us! Happy Autumn!
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