Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn Equinox

Some thoughts about autumn on this, its first day:

I love stepping outside on that first morning that fall’s nip is in the air.

I love how changing leaves turn Appalachian mountainsides into fiery palettes of orange, red, and gold.

I love driving winding roads through those mountains, catching glimpse after glimpse of falling leaves as they twirl their way to the ground.

I love cold nights marked by the scent of campfire and the sound of wind in the trees.

I love watching my daughter skip through the pumpkin patch looking for the perfect one to bring home.

I love walking behind her as she trick-or-treats on Halloween night.

I love pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day, and how it sets the ideal tone to start the Christmas season.

I love watching flocks of birds land in Florida at the end of their migration, while others keep flying to points further south.

And last but not least, I love football, especially college games where the fans are loud and the bands are blaring…and most of all, where Auburn is winning and the fight song you keep hearing begins with the line: “War Eagle, fly down the field, ever to conquer, never to yield!”


  1. Hi John, We just home after being gone all day. Oh Yes---LeConte is awesome. I haven't ever hiked all the way up there--but my best friend and her hubby hike up there at least once a year. There are several ways to get up there... There's some great waterfalls along the way. Hopefully the weather will be great for you... Get up and see a sunrise!!!!! Hope you love it!!!!! Anxious to hear about it when you get home.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment and I'm happy to find blogs where I can find travel info. I agree with your fall comments and it's my favorite time at the end of a long hot summer.