Thursday, September 25, 2008

In Defense of Autumn

I love fall if it means eighty degree perfect sunny weather! I also love fall if it means friends and family give me free tickets to BYU football games as well as delicious fresh-picked peaches. (Thanks fund manager, sister, Lynn, and Deni!) I love that I can smell sweet peaches each time I walk out of our home, thanks to the abundant orchard in our neighborhood. I just wish the days could stay brighter longer and the chill could stay away until Christmas.

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!


Marissa Marie said...

Gorgeous pics! Living in AZ...I forget that it IS autumn! Blast, it's one of my favorite seasons. And here we are still have 105 degree temps. (Highly unusual...btw)

queendeni said...

Okay, so Emily, where does this hike begin??? Wow, spectacular, no wonder you LOVE to hike! and no wonder you look so great!! And, Wow, no wonder you have a glow about you!! Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Emily do you want to teach tonight by yourself? I've done something to my back and in some pain, will you email me Sorry I had to go this route, I've lost your phone number.