Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cabin Life: Early Fall

Pico was just digging in the ground, making a cool spot to lie down in.  After the rain we got last night, the disturbed ground had a nice, earthy smell to it.  A week ago, it would have been just dust, floating up into my face and choking me.  Now it smells good.

This is my favorite time of year.  The leaves are starting to change color.  There are bright yellows and orangeish-reds.  Most of the trees are still green, but that just makes the few that are changing really stand out.  They look striking.

The road is covered with dead leaves that blow around on the dry days.  The good news is that since there are dry days, there must be wet days.  The rain we’ve gotten isn’t making up for summer, but at least it’s raining once in a while.  We needed the water, and it’s also nice to get a free car wash now and then too.

I’ve always liked fall the best, and after this hot and dry summer, the cool nights and warm days are a huge relief.  Just cool enough for a long sleeve shirt at night.  The mosquitoes are starting to die down and there’s a noticeable difference in the amount of daylight we’re getting.  I’ve seen some geese heading south and even with no water, the few apples that made it are ripening up.  I like fall.

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Having grown up in the southern Adirondacks, Justin has always been at home in the mountains of New York. After graduating from Paul Smiths College, he began his career in the environmental field working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. After a brief five year detour to Florida, Justin returned to the Adirondacks to live off the grid in a small cabin with no running water or electricity.

Justin continues to work and play in the outdoors, and maintains a blog about living off grid, hiking, and being outside in the Adirondacks called Middle of the Trail.


4 Responses

  1. Laurie says:

    A nice way to wake, thank you. Started my day with a smile from your warm writing.

  2. Valerie says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year also, and you described it perfectly!

  3. Bob says:

    When I try to read more of any of your posts I get nothing and I would really like to read more.

    • John Warren says:

      Hi Bob,

      I can’t seem to duplicate your problem. It may be that your computer is having trouble with javascript. Maybe an update of your browsing capabilities is needed?

      John Warren

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