I was ready last week.
If you weren’t there, you missed one heck of a party.
Food, fun, and smokes. Even blocked a handicapped spot.
A lively gathering.
Football inside, football outside. And Dominos.
Matt caught between the battle ‘o the reps.
Our Cuban connection.
Russell did act up a bit.
Slim Daddy behaved himself.
The legend, Chris Harper.
I will see you next year.*
*Actually, I’ll probably be with you tomorrow.
Autumn is finally here once again! I’ve been meaning to get to these since last week. The Syrian situation and the Quadrennial Black Mass got in the way. I’ll keep this short – like day trip or weekend short. In fact, I’ll keep it pictorial short.
These are rather East-coast-centric but, then again, so am I.
Georgia’s little alpine mountain village. Avoid the commercialized outlet mess outside the center of the old town.
Sussman / Pinterest.
The Biltmore / Asheville, N.C.
Thing big. Huge, rather. Try the night lights before Christmas.
Saint George Island, F.L.
Life’s a beach, especially when it’s deserted. I’ve found the water just fine on Christmas Day and literally had the while place to myself.
Better than Gloster or Salem in my book. Lunch at Michael’s then happy time at the Thirsty Whale (while the women folk shop).
Stone Ridge Properties.
Boone / Blowing Rock, N.C.
Good Gawd! I love this place.
There you go. Five great places to slow down, chill out, and smoke a good cigar this fall!
I’ve been working out back for about an hour. And the temperature has dropped on its approach to the sunrise hour low. I think it’s there now – about 62. The humidity is in check too. So, all around, it feels like a fall morning.
Not going to lie. I need a good fall break getaway. Tomorrow is the first day of October and I have something planned.
For now I will settle for cooler air (at last!), a cup of coffee and a re-light from yesterday – the new Pistoff from Kristoff. (A very good cigar despite my letting one go out yesterday…)
Happy Fall, y’all!
The fever is officially here even though the actual season is a month and a half away. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I’m ready for it to hurry up and arrive. I particularly like late fall and early winter.
This year it’s a little bittersweet for me as I’m in the process of moving to a place where fall doesn’t come until December and goes again in March when summer returns. Blah. I think I’m subconsciously prolonging the move in a vain attempt to feel cooler temps. That and I’m not fond of moving stuff in the heat.
I’m developing a seven-year plan to eventually and permanently relocate to a locale where fall lasts a while and the air is always cooler.
You can keep yer gnats and sand spurs. Deborah Scannell/Blueridgeparkwaydaily.
For now I’ll settle for making a little list of why autumn is such a great time. I covered some of this last year in Awesome Autumn Activities. As they say, familiarity breeds contempt. Wait, that’s bad… Say it enough and it will come true! There. Much better. Here goes:
- Cool temperatures. Around here that’s anything south of 90.
- Cold. 90 days of 90 degrees is a drain. Cold air is refreshing.
- Better exercising. Summer is great in that one can easily keep excess weight off. It kills energy though. Cool weather means more energy, better recovery, and a return of a little strength, if any.
- Snow. Every once in a blue moon we see a deep fall snowflake or two. For the next few falls I’ll be giving them up completely. In seven years, they’ll be more common. Ahhhh…
- College football. If you grew up in the South, you can relate. Yes, there’s the SEC and then there’s the rest.
- Non-college football. For me that means the Patriots and the occasional thought of a high school game (never acted on).
- The mountains. Mountains, for me, have always meant escaping lowland heat and the city people. I love a beach vacation too but, with the mountains, I never want to leave and I think about them until I return. Something about trees and free-falling water.
- Doesn’t in seem like things slow down just a little in the fall?
- Ales, stouts and porters. Enough said.
- Relaxing in the evening by an open fire outside. Maybe with one of those snowflakes falling. Maybe with a pint of bitter.
- An end to yard and garden work. Don’t get me wrong; I love my plants. The best thing for any garden or gardener is a period of dormancy.
- A New England road trip. 81 up to 84 then on north till the leaves fall. I haven’t done one in a couple of years.
- Visiting. I always seem to see friends and relatives more during this season (maybe it’s the holidays). I’m usually more open to conversation when I’m cool and relaxed too. Old friends by a fire with beer. Yes.
- The beach. Yes, I said I like a beach trip. Some of my best beach memories have been from late in the year. I have literally had the whole place to myself a few times and I can handle the water too. But I don’t miss it like I do the hills.
- I just feel more alive. This ties in closely with number three, A friend said the other day the heat had him in a depressive state. I get that. Everyday here too.
- The coming of winter with its promise of Masters’ fever, another summer, and more fall fever…
That seems like enough for now. If you’ll excuse me I need to take an ice bath … I have a fever.
Happy first day of fall!
From today until the end of December is my favorite time of year. I’ve heard more than a few of you agree from time to time. Here is a short list of things that makes the fall incredible:
- Cooler weather. Down South it’s nice not to sweat as much.
- Scenery. How great is it to take a drive or a hike and look at the colorful fall foliage?
- Football. In person, on TV or on the radio.
- Fall brews. Oktoberfests. Pumpkin this. Spice that. Christmas ales around the corner.
- Fall cigars. Beyond a few (Oktoberfest by Quesada) maybe there aren’t too many fall specific sticks. But, try combining No. 5 here with No. 4 and No. 8 one evening – you’re welcome.
- Hunting. I don’t get out as often as I used to or much as I should but I never regret waiting in a blind or walking in the woods. Fall can also be a great fishing season (stripers anyone?). The proceeds of this entry go well with No. 4.
- Sleeping with the windows open. See also: driving windows down. Give the AC a rest.
- Sitting by a fire. Outside. With a beer. In that cool weather. Ahhh…
- Holidays. Brings out the kid in all … most … of us.
- Raking leaves. Maybe not as much as the others…
I’m sure you can think of many more to add.