Autumn, or as many of us refer to it Fall, is my favorite time of year. The long hot days of summer give way to crisp cool days featuring colorful trees, bulky sweaters, wood fires, and pumpkin everything. I have a lot of fond memories of these magical days as a kid growing up. One of the benefits of living in Lake Tahoe is that the four seasons are predominant and distinct. As a child my parents made certain that we had traditions associated with each of the seasons.
One of the things we used to do each year is to take a picnic to a campground on the river known as Snowshoe Springs. The water is usually low enough at this time of the year that those who are sure of foot can hop from one rock to another allowing you to make your way up the river. The campground closes after Labor Day which was perfect since there were very few people who bothered to park on the road and walk into the picnic area. My parents used to bring us to this magical location every October, rain or shine, and believe me there were a few years when rain was the order of the day.
Another thing we used to do every year is go down the mountain about 60 miles to a place known as Apple Hill. Apple Hill is an area in the foothills where you can buy apples and other fruit fresh off the tree or vine. They also hold a huge craft fair, and a favorite of my children and grandchildren, is the apple train that takes a loop around a man made pond filled with ducks.
Another thing we do most every fall is visit the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center. The creek that runs through the property is used by native salmon who come home to spawn each fall. It’s hard to tell from this photo but some years there are so many fish in the water that it almost looks like you can walk across them. And of course the bears come to eat so there are frequent bear sighting during the salmon run.
And of course no autumn would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out those very special pumpkins for Halloween night.
Comment below and tell me if you have or have had in the past any fall traditions. What are your favorites? I will randomly choose one comment to receive a $15 Amazon gift card. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page on 10/15.