Autumn is an invisible bridge that begins with the fading delights of summer and slowly reaches into the world of winter.
Autumn brings crop harvesting, and days grow shorter and cooler in Michigan. September is also known as the month of the “Harvest Moon,” – a full moon that allows farmers to work later and have more time to bring in their crops. Gardens are tilled up, but rows of turnips, potatoes and onions are now planted.
Children have strapped on their backpacks and trek back to school, but take time out to select pumpkins, carve their Jack-O’-Lanterns and throw themselves into the adventure of Halloween.
Tourists hit the road to find, photograph and enjoy the color palette of fall foliage. Michiganders pile into their cars and enjoy the Tunnel of Trees along M-119.
Apple trees are heavy with fruit, apple cider stands begin to pop up, and apple pie is a staple on many menus. Family outings to the nearest orchard are common. Kids pick their own apples and even watch apple cider being made – getting a taste of the fresh cider is part of the fun.
Tailgate parties hail the arrival of football season. Bonfires proliferate, with some of them turning into traditional hot dog roasts, complete with toasting marshmallows to make s’mores.
It’s autumn. Breathe deeply and enjoy these precious days.