Fall is definitely in the air. I can just tell that things have changed. The evenings are crisp again; today was the first day since summer started that I had to turn up the heat in the house a little; and I had to wear socks in the house to keep my toes warm! *gasp*
I love the sunshine. I used to really dislike fall because it was a sign that colder and wetter weather was coming to Seattle, which would put a damper on some of our fun. I used to hide indoors watching the days on the calendar tick away until the warm summer days would come back.
Now, Fall is something that I’ve learned to look forward to and enjoy. In fact, it’s one of my favorite seasons now. It’s not because the Pumpkin Spice Latte is returning to Starbucks either. 🙂
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It means that the crisp fall air immediately cools me when I get out of the shower; I can switch from my light lotion to my luxurious body balm; and I switch from citrus based lotions and perfumes (when I wear any) to the comforting vanilla-based scents (LaVanila Pure Vanilla is one of my favorites).
It also means I get to hike some of our favorite trails again and get a different perspective – one with golden fall colors – I get to start drinking hot Starbucks mocha’s again on the way to the trailhead.
Fall also brings change for Gretel and Chester. These 9 reasons I look forward to fall with them:
1) Chester starts snuggling with me under the covers again.
2) The Walking Dead returns, which means we start our weekly TV-watching, couch snuggling routine (we don’t watch much TV in the summer)
3) They get to start wearing our favorite Hurtta dog jackets again.
4) The fall leaves give Chester something new and interesting to smell on our walks (and chase when it’s windy).
6) Fall is considered a travel “off season” so things like hotel and gas are cheaper and popular destinations are less crowded….. including our favorite trails.
7) The weather is cooler so I don’t have to worry about them overheating on hikes – so we don’t have to plan our hiking around temperatures that are “too-hot”.
8) Some of the beaches that are off limits to dogs during the swimming season become dog-friendly again.
9) I get to attend Halloween events with them and ogle all the cute pups in costumes (I don’t go all-out with Chester and Gretel’s costumes if I dress them up at all).
What parts of fall do you and your dog look forward too?