There's nothing like a Colorado fall

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Fall is here! Finally! After a miserably hot summer it is such a relief to have cooler temperatures and be able to go out at night or early in the morning in a light jacket.

Snow on top of Pikes Peak is a tell-tale sign that fall is in the air and as the leaves start to change colors people are trying to spend as much time outside as possible before the bitter cold sets in.

If I had to pick a favorite time of year it would be fall. Winter is just too cold and the only way I enjoy the snow is if I don't have to go out in it. I've never liked the springtime in Colorado because it just doesn't feel like spring. Spring here is just a tad bit too cold for me. And after all the worst snow storms in Colorado happen during the spring.

Summer is enjoyable in the Rockies. There are a lot of outdoor activities to do and there is some sort of event going on like the Renaissance Festival or Concerts in the Park. Temperatures are usually comfortable with the exception of this most recent summer. We had more than our share of 90 plus temperatures and it even reached 101 degrees. And the devastating fires made us all realize that our beautiful surroundings can't be taken for granted.

Everyone has their favorite time of year but for me there are a lot of wonderful things about fall. One of the best things is getting to see the leaves change color. It is so beautiful to see the mixture of reds, oranges and yellows. I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy taking a ride up into the mountains to see the changing colors. From my house, if I look over towards Mount Herman I can see some that vibrant color mixed in with the pine trees.

Fall also means football and lots of candy because Halloween is right around the corner. And for those that have used the grill all summer because it was too hot to cook indoors, it's time to break out the crock-pot and make some comfort food like chili and homemade soups. And don't forget about the hot cider.

Before long it will be time to stick the turkey in the oven and bake that homemade pumpkin pie. The leaves will be falling off the trees by then and it will be time to bring out the rake. As kids we used to rake all the leaves into one giant pile at my grandmother's and my cousins and I would run and jump in them.

There is also a certain smell in the air at that lets me know that fall has arrived. I can't explain it but it's the only time of the year I smell it.

For those of you who enjoy your outdoor activities it would be best to get those activities in now before fall gives away to winter.

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