Autumn Bucket List

I’ve always subscribed to the Thoreau quote: “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

Autumn is perhaps the season with the fullest potential “bucket list” of activities, since the weather is still nice, nature is taking a dramatic turn, and people fall wistfully back into so many family &. cultural traditions.

Every year I have a list of all of the things I want to do before the first snow blows through our state. Early retirement means I have plenty of time to tackle everything on the list.

In fact, I’ve checked the box on many of these things already and a few others are arranged on our calendar for the rest of the month. I think I’ll get through all twenty before the trick-or-treaters arrive!

⁃ 🍂 Hike in the woods / state park

⁃ 🏈 Go to a outdoor football game

⁃ 🍁 Make a big pot of chili

⁃ 💥 Go pheasant hunting

⁃ 💀 Nighttime haunted hayride

⁃ 🍎 Pick apples / visit an orchard

⁃ 🍺 Drink beer at Oktoberfest

⁃ 🍿 Watch a horror movie

⁃ 🚴 Ride bikes through the foliage

⁃ 📺 Charlie Brown ‘Great Pumpkin’

⁃ 🎃 Carved pumpkin display at Zoo

⁃ 🍁 Rake leaves in yard

⁃ 🌽 Visit a corn maze

⁃ 🔥 Bonfire after dark

⁃ 🥧 Bake apple pie or crisp

⁃ 🏁 Fall colors car cruise

⁃ ⚾️ Watching the World Series

⁃ 🍁 High School Homecoming / Reunion

⁃ 🎃 Carve Jack-O-Lanterns

⁃ ☠️ Halloween costume party

How much have you gotten out to enjoy the fall? What additional seasonal traditions are on your list?

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5 thoughts on “Autumn Bucket List

  1. I am outside on average a couple hours per day and here are some of my Fall activities.

    Finish removing ivy tendrils from my stucco to get it ready for painting.

    Plant California Native Plants so they get winter rain.

    Get a couple camping trips in when the park traffic is slowing down.

    Start brewing beer again.

    Get ready for Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorite holidays.

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    1. Yes, fall yard work! Today was 80-degrees in MN. Tomorrow the highs will be in the 40s. The weatherman said we likely won’t see 80 again for the next 6 months! As a result, we were busy ‘winterizing’ the yard and pulled the furniture off our screened porch. What kind of beer will you brew? An Oktoberfest?

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      1. For something different I am doing an Irish Red this time around. I am planning to get a Kegerator for Christmas, and will use it for laagering, then I will branch out to German beers with the target being Doppelbock and Oktoberfest.

        Here is the interesting part about living in a Mediterranean climate, you plant native plants in the Fall right before the Winter rains. I am rushing to get the front of my house ready for painting and then will be replacing the ivy with California natives. I am planning to go to a native nursery and laying our my flower boxes with a stick in the ground, show the owner where the sun is and isn’t during the different seasons, and get his input on the best selections for my microclimate. My goal is to maximize flowers throughout the year to attract birds and butterflies (especially humming birds).

        We will also not see weather in the 80s until April or May, but we also probably will not see snow. I remember having a challenge with an older gent who worked in the same office complex as me (remember going into the office) about which one of us could go the longest without wearing long pants and closed shoes into the office. We both made it to about the day after the Rose Bowl.

        For those of you who do not know what an office is, here is my definition. It was the place you went to after a long commute that took between a half hour and an hour that had a really crummy fake wood desk with a chair with horrible ergometrics that you couldn’t bring the furry members of your family to. And they had really crummy coffee and no beer in the fridge.

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      2. The climate there couldn’t be much more different than when you lived in Wisconsin! I will beat you to shorts & sandals since we’ll be back in Florida in January (through March).

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  2. Fall is my favorite! Have many of the same things on my bucket list. Bring outside soaking it all in is definitely at the top of the list!

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