I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Summer begins Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. Even though officially we still have a couple more weeks of summer, in my mind fall has begun.
I love this time of year. The dry air in the West is something that has always agreed with me. When I spent my time in the Big City in my early 20s, the humidity was something for which I was unprepared. It took me a long time to get acclimated, and I was always wearing the wrong clothes. How could 80 degrees feel so hot and 60 so cold?
With our dry air, I don’t feel that much difference between 60 (or lower) and 80 (or higher). Sure, my jeans and cowboy boots are a little more comfortable in the cooler temperatures, but the days when the weather dictates my lifestyle simply don’t happen often.
The first day I dig my favorite sweater out of the dresser however, signals several things.
— The bounty I have been enjoying from my garden is winding down. The squashes and tomatoes have been plentiful, but if I want large quantities I will need to find them at the farmer’s market or grocery store. The fall crops such as Brussel sprouts and root vegetables are getting better every week.
— School is back in session, and the empty nesters rule. A fall vacation in Cody features a different demographic. There are still school age children (homeschoolers and those on year round calendars are common) to be found, but I notice a more “mature” crowd.
— Sports have gotten more interesting. My dad taught me long division when I was a kid by showing me how baseball batting averages were calculated, and I have always enjoyed major league baseball since then, especially when the pennant races heat up. Our local school teams are competing in fall sports as well, and I expect great things from our boys and girls.
— The leaves are close to changing color, and hikers and photographers are anxious to take advantage.
— The animals are active. A trip into Yellowstone is a great way to see various species as they prepare for winter. Bears are wolfing down as much food as they can, and wolves are chasing elk who are chasing each other.
— Rendezvous Royale means I get to dress up and mingle with old friends as we check out some special Western art, western furniture and western fashions.
— The Yellowstone Quilt Festival features local talent and a “block challenge” as donated blocks are assembled into one quilt to be raffled. One of these days I am going to win that raffle.
So, dig out your favorite sweater and come join me for a Wyoming fall adventure.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life in Cody, Wyo.