I certainly feel like singing fall is in the air! but I will wait for a few more days for fall to really set it. This is generally my favorite part of the year .. weather-wise, at least. While summer does give one a lot of scope for outdoor stuff like hiking and swimming and running, me being a natural couch potato, I prefer just plonking my bottom on the couch and staying put. Yes sir, that’s me! Though, I must add that I have been training rigorously (well ok, forget the rigorously part) for a backpacking trip I will be taking with S and few of my friends. Where, you ask? Well, we all will be heading to Grand Canyon. And because the hike is pretty strenuous (11 miles each way, which involves actually climbing down/up into the canyon), and I will be carrying my camping gear to make things worse, I just want to ensure I don’t faint of exhaustion mid way, and hence the training routine. I should also mention (blow my own trumpet) that I have been doing a pretty difficult hike (it involves climbing a mountain, all the way up to the summit) here in the bay area for the past 2 weekends and I must say, I am impressed with myself 😉 (considering the fact that when last year I had attempted this very hike, I had given up midway).
Anyways, as I was saying fall is my favorite season. I somehow find it to be very romantic. Not because of plonking on couch but because it feels very nice when the trees shed their leaves and when we go for a walk amidst these falling leaves… reminds me of Mohabbatein (the movie).. Didnt it have something to do with leaves? I vaguely remember. Anyways, it does remind me of the movie, hence the romance factor? Which is weird because I don’t find the movie romantic at all. Anyways, staying on the east coast, fall has been a major part of my life. Unlike most of the people, I generally do not dread winter and snow. And hence I find fall even more appealing. I am not sure now, how the CA fall will be (or if there will be fall, at all). But I might have to make my peace with 2-3 leaves falling down and call it fall! Ok, just kidding. The trees might not change color to pretty yellow, red and orange (like in case of east coast), but I am pretty sure they will shed leaves. Add to the falling leaves heavenly spiced Starbucks coffee, cool weather, cuddly sweaters and scarves .. And I am already in bliss!
Another thing I love about the cold weather is that I can enjoy eating/drinking soups! Soups are one of my favorite things and I think I can really survive on them for all my meals. I did get a bit carried away and cooked up a soup few weeks back, but it was still sweltering hot and hence the soup was not all that enjoyable. (switching on the AC to full blast, just so that we can enjoy our soup didn’t help much) 😉 . I did take pictures of the soup, and might post the recipe if I gather the enthusiasm 🙂
Plus, a lot of festivals fall in fall (a funny/wrong sentence construction?). Thanksgiving, diwali, halloween, navratri. And though I am not high on celebrating festivals, having a ‘festive spirit’ in the air really cheers me up quite a bit. Plus, this also means added get-togethers, potlucks and outings with friends. So, it is a fun time :). Add to this few days off at work, and I am a happy person!
Anways, I will continue dreaming about fall on this lazy friday afternoon. You guys be good and enjoy the weekend 🙂