Shocked by the arrival of fall? I was. Here in Colorado, the aspens are ablaze with golden fall color. For the first time in my life, I white-knuckled summer and didn’t want to let go.
It’s one thing for fall to arrive on the calendar and quite another to be in denial and in shock by the abrupt end of summer. I am usually ready to start a new season, but 2020 has been anything but normal. I neither swam nor took a vacation and avoided social gatherings like the plague — which is treatable with antibiotics. As you know from your own experience, this is the weirdest year ever!
So when I hit the Aspen Alley trail in Breckenridge, I couldn’t help but feel shocked. Time marches on, and so did I while hiking up the mountain.
It didn’t take long to embrace the scent of decomposing leaves and the beauty of the aspens contrasting with the bright blue sky.
So many leaves had already fallen.
It’s always fun to see wildlife, and bear claw marks are the next best thing.
Although many trees were almost bare, I found some that had only begun to shuck off its green sleeves.
I found beauty around every corner,
Under a canopy of gold,
And peeking through the gold leaves of aspens.
Coloradans have endured months of smoke and record high temperatures, so I was grateful for the gorgeous day. It’s hard to believe we had a record-breaking snowstorm to start the month! As far as the beginning of fall, the shock is wearing off.
After hiking during the peak of fall color, my attitude adjusted to all things pumpkin, apple cider, and caramel apples.
Are you ready for the change in seasons? Do you experience fall color where you live? Did you enjoy the summer?