Thursday, September 25, 2008
In Defense of Autumn
I also love hiking in the fall. In Utah, the colors quickly creep down the mountains into the valleys. It seems to come so fast that if you blink and forget to appreciate it, fall will be over.
Lately, I’ve been favoring a particular hike that’s part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that starts in Orem and meanders up Provo Canyon. I found this trail back in June when the mountains were green and lush. Over the past few months, I’ve observed the changes in the grass and brush from green to yellowish brown, but last week I was astounded by the spattering of orange that was taking place in the mountains. Throughout the week I watched the colors double each day! On Friday, I decided to make my hike three hours which took me all the way to a point where I could see Bridal Veil Falls, and the entire time I wished I had a camera to capture the changing beauty.
Yesterday, I decided to take my usual two hour hike and bring a long my camera so that you too can appreciate the beauty of Utah’s mountains. Of course, there is nothing like an east coast fall with the millions of trees and myriad of colors, but I love my adopted mountains here, and I love climbing them.
I still love the promise of spring with its pink trees as well as the fireworks of summer, but I can appreciate the festivals of fall…and I find basketball season helps me get through the doldrums of winter, but that’s another story…. I wish I had a better camera, but this is the best I can do. Enjoy!