Labor Day through Halloween is the happiest time of the year for me. If I haven't mentioned it enough, I love the fall. I especially love fall on the east coast (particularly New England, but NY isn’t half bad!). It has been a top priority for me to cram as many fall related activities into our schedule before we leave since I don’t know when we will experience a true fall season again. October is gearing up to be a busy month of fall/Halloween activities such as shopping for pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, hosting a pumpkin carving party, taking a stroll through Central Park once the leaves have changed, cozying up on the couch with hot cider and a good book, and Halloween costume shopping. There were two things on my list for this fall that have already been crossed off: a visit to New England and apple picking! Thirty minutes outside of Manhattan is Dr. Davies Apple Farm. When Rob’s parents were in town, we rented a car and drove up there for a Monday afternoon of apple picking. The leaves had changed a bit and the temperature was low but not cold so it really felt like a fall outing. We all had fun taking turns using the medieval looking apple picker to grab a limited variety of apples off the tall trees, though I think we had more fun posing my in-laws with said picker. We still have a few of the 68 apples we picked left and I am looking forward to making an apple pie!
As I mentioned, the New England fall season is my absolute favorite fall season. The changing leaves seem to be more vibrantly yellow and orange, and the sun seems to shine brighter and set more brilliantly. Luckily for me, I have an aunt and uncle who live outside of Boston so when my mom, brother and sister came to visit we planned a weekend trip to visit them and enjoy some New England fall. We cozied up on the couches in our pjs and watched Netflix under heavy blankets, ate chicken noodle soup, took walks around their neighborhood and got some quality family time. And all of this was done with my favorite season as our backdrop.
I hope to come back every October to breathe in the crisp air, gaze at the changed leaves and relive the two falls we lived here, but in case that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, I am trying to savor as much of this 2015 fall season as I can before we leave.