Monthly Archives: October 2016
GSI Outdoors Blog
There is a cadence to each year. They're broken into the four seasons determined by the earth's orbit. We anticipate the coming of ski season, camping season, race season, maybe baseball or football season. School years start and end. All of these seasons have definite start and end points - a time in each year when they have our focus. Elk season is different. It gives the year a pulse.
Fall is an amazing time to get out for a hike. Cooler temperatures mean fewer people and fewer bugs. The vivid colors of the changing leaves mean photo opportunities abound (get your Instagram account ready!). The lower angle of the sun brings a new feel to your favorite backcountry haunts. Take advantage of this season and plan a day outing with your favorite hiking buddy.
I think that I say, “This is my favorite season!” with every season. When winter is here, it’s the snow. When our breath makes little clouds as we hike, ice climb, build snow caves, or on long days on the slopes followed by warm fires and hot drinks in the evenings. Then spring and summer, with their promise of warmer days and warmer water and lots of camping. But fall? That crisp air after a hot summer, the spray of color all around that is so swift but breathtakingly beautiful. And harvest food and cider and picnics in the falling leaves. We can’t wait to get outside, layering up for chilly mornings and then shedding most of that as the sun warms us up during the day.
The days are getting shorter and fall is in the air. That added crispness in the morning is something that I look so forward to while sweating through the end of summer. It won’t be long until outdoor adventures require extra layers, budgeting activities around sunset times, and depending on headlamps. It’s time to squeeze a few more adventures in before saying farewell to summer.