Summer is too sweltering and the winter cold can be too biting and harsh. But the fall? Well Goldilocks, the fall is proof that Mother Nature is quite a woman.
I know bloggers aren’t supposed to post about the weather because it’s boring. But I just muddled through three months of a rainy, hot and ridiculously humid summer. I endured yet another summer season of tourists, beaches, traffic and the Fat Guy Sweats from the damn humidity. I know so many people love the summer because it means ice cream, tank tops, swimming, etc but not me. In fact that only thing that gets me through the summer is knowing that autumn is right around the corner.
And thankfully, the fall weather has arrived.
This morning I woke up and felt a slight chill, which is great because I’d sleep in a meat locker if possible. We can finally sleep with the windows open and the air conditioner off, so I was able to feel the cool morning breeze on my face. I smiled as I got up and hugged myself just a little because of the nip in the air. Fall in New England is like a roller coaster. You wake up and you need a jacket. But after a few hours you can ditch it because temperatures have climbed to high 60s/low 70s. Warm but not stifling hot. It stays that way until dinner time and then it’s back to high 50s/low 60s, which is absolute perfection for me.
But there’s so much more to fall than the weather.
First and foremost, it means football season is upon us. And as much as I love attending and watching Patriots games, that’s only part of the appeal. I’ve tried to explain this to MJ and she doesn’t get it, so maybe you have to be a guy to appreciate what I’m about to describe. But every Sunday, Will and I head to my parents’ house for football. My dad has the DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket, which means we can watch every game. And the best feature of Sunday Ticket? The Red Zone channel. It brings us live to every game in which the offense is at the 20-yard-line or closer, which means it brings us to every game where there’s about to be scoring. We also set up another TV, right next to the big screen. This screen is reserved for when the Red Sox are playing at the same time as football, or for the football game we want to have on constantly instead of jumping all around.
With two TVs, the grill going and lots of testosterone in the air, we sit there all day. I mean all day. The 1 o’clock games, the 4 o’clock games and then the Sunday night game. Its upward of 12 hours of football and it’s pure heaven. We all hang out together, track our fantasy teams and make fun of each other. It’s truly great and it’s one of the main reasons I’m exhilarated that I had a son.
Fall also means an inevitable trip to the Berkshires and North Adams, where MJ and I went to college. For those who don’t know, the Berkshires are the western part of Massachusetts. While eastern Mass. is Boston and beaches, western Mass is far less populated and consists mostly of mountains. The best way to get there is to drive along Route 2 and the Mohawk Trail. It is one of the most beautiful rides you will ever take. Especially in the fall.
When all the leaves turn it truly becomes nature’s canvas. It’s an entire mountain range of orange, yellow, red and brown and it never fails to stop me dead in my tracks.
Every year while visiting the Berkshires we indulge in all of fall’s greatest pleasures. We go pumpkin picking and continue our quest for the perfect pumpkin. We head to a corn maze. And then there’s my favorite thing in the whole freaking world: cider. I love apple cider in all its forms. There is nothing in the world more satisfying and peaceful than overlooking a gorgeous vista of colored leaves, breathing in cool mountain air and sipping on a piping hot cup of apple cider. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
So if you’re a summer aficionado, sorry. But your time is over. It’s time for sweaters in’stead of bathing suits. The mountains instead of the beach. Football as opposed to baseball. And it means I can finally drive around the Cape sans tourists who don’t know how to navigate a damn rotary !
Welcome to town fall, it’s been too long!