Fall Frolic

18 Oct


I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to see the government up and running again. I was so giddy Thursday morning that I dashed down to the Canal Towpath to go running. Seriously guys, I don’t run. Ever. That I did so cheerfully just goes to show how delighted I was to have my national parks back.

I’ve been missing fall weather since I moved to California. Don’t get me wrong, Yosemite is a great place to be in the fall, but it’s much less dramatic when most of the trees in your landscape are evergreens.

While I was unexpectedly furloughed and in Ohio I knew I had to pursue as many autumn diversions as I could. I was aided in this quest by Northeast Ohio’s network of regional parks. I am so often distracted by national parks that I haven’t given any of these attention they deserve. They really are spectacular places, it’s a pity that it took a government shutdown to make me notice them again.


We carved pumpkins at Nature Realm. We frolicked in the Metroparks. We drank apple cider. I wore jewel tones. I made an insane amount of apple butter. I indulged in pumpkin flavored everything.

As I write this I’m sitting in the airport, waiting to board a plane that will whisk me back to California. I loathe the circumstances that brought me to Ohio, but I am grateful to be here right now, and I wish I could stay longer. I will console myself by knitting socks in fall colors.


If this is what your outdoors looks like, do me a favor and enjoy it for me:




One Response to “Fall Frolic”

  1. karmami October 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Very nice post and pics

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