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Summer's Over...Now What?

The colors are changing. It's a great time to get out and explore Wisconsin.

Ok, I’m calling it. I know it seems early and I know there will be days that it seems like it’s going to stay around longer. Don’t be fooled, it’s just a ruse. Summer is over, now what?

I had a great summer as I’m sure most of you did. It started a little slow with some rainy days, but finished strong with those warm summer days and nights that we as Wisconsinites know and love. It was filled with festivals, bike riding, experiencing new things and of course the same traditional things that we love to do. There were still a lot of things that we weren’t able to do that will go on the list for next year. But making the most out of summer is always a goal and I think we accomplished that goal.

But for the last few weeks, signs that summer is coming to an end have been everywhere. The trees are changing and that cool fall feeling air has been moving in. Gardening season is coming to an end and it’s almost time to start pulling those apples off the tree. I’ll be honest, it’s really my favorite time of year and for a number of reasons that I want to share with you this week.

Cooler weather

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind those hot summer days as much as I use too. I’ve learned to appreciate them and think of them on those Polar Vortex days of winter. But there is something so refreshing about that Wisconsin Fall air. It rejuvenates a person and I find that it motivates me to stay outside longer. Especially when I want to go for a walk, bike ride or festival. The cooler weather allows me to enjoy those outdoor activities longer and that’s always a great thing.

Wisconsin becomes a painting during the fall season.

The Color

This is where Wisconsin shines as one of the greatest states. You won’t find a prettier state than Wisconsin in Fall. Our trees are on full display during the months of September and October. To me this is the perfect time to get out and see as many of our State parks as possible. Especially those in the northern parts of the state. Driving around this state in the fall, you’ll see so many of the bright red, orange and yellow colors all blended together like and artists perfect painting. I’ve always said if you want to visit Wisconsin, there is no better time to see Wisconsin's true beauty than fall.

Picking pumpkins is a popular Wisconsin tradition.

The Harvest

I really enjoy the end of the year harvest. I don’t live on a farm, but there is something special about cleaning the garden out from this year’s harvest. We’ve been pulling produce all through summer, but that final harvest means the growing season is coming to an end. Although our garden is small, it’s still nice to reflect on the hard work that goes into a garden. If we end up with enough produce, the fall canning season kicks in and that means we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor well into winter. For our farmers though out the state, they will be busy harvesting this year’s crops and clearing all their fields before winter. I enjoy seeing the progress that goes on throughout the state and encourage you take a drive and watch how the fall harvest gets done.

Fall Festivals Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

If going to festival and fairs in the summer isn’t your cup of tea, I understand. Sometimes walking around on an extremely hot summer day can really take the fun out of a festival. That’s why Fall Festivals are perfect in every way. Besides celebrating the with food from the season, the sweatshirt and jackets weather make strolling through a whole lot more enjoyable. And there are things you can only do during the fall season. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and apple picking are a few of my favorites. Places like Warren’s Cranberry Festival are always popular destinations, but don’t forget all those delicious apples that need picking and pumpkins that need to come home so you can carve them for Halloween. Visiting numerous fall festivals during the season is a great way to see the beauty of fall in Wisconsin.

Sitting around the fire during a cool fall night is one of my favorite fall activities.

Fall Fires

Perhaps on of my favorite fall activities is sitting around the fire. In my opinion, this is the perfect time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a cool fall evening by a warm fire. Whether you’re getting in one more camping trip or just sitting in your backyard. There is nothing better than this. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful fall evening.

Fall in Wisconsin is a great time of year. It’s the time of year to get out and see as much of the state as you can. I love summer and all it has to offer, but fall is my time of year. Like summer, fall goes by pretty quickly. The season can last into early December, but peak fall, the time where the colors and temperatures are perfect only last a few short months and sometimes weeks. So, take advantage of the colors, foods and festivals. Go for long walks, bike the trails and visit your local parks. Time is running out to enjoy a lot of the things we love to do during the warmer months in Wisconsin. Make the most of the moment as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.

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