Delicious Autumn

Autumn is going to pass by too quickly. I wait for it, even long for it. Delicious Autumn is a bold description of the season from a quote I read. I thought it a perfect starting point to paint my own picture of fall.

Delicious Autumn
Highway 88

The beauty is endless, stretching over all the land with a vibrant, clear energy, excited as one who wants to demonstrate their extraordinary talent so that others can partake of the gift.

Delicious Autumn
The view from our cabin at a Women’s Retreat in Lake Tahoe
Delicious Autumn
Puzzle time at our dining room table

Autumn’s scents: pumpkin lattes, apple cider, burning firewood, candles. Autumn won’t be outdone by the things we add to it. It has a scent of its own that needs no flame or cup to create a heavenly aroma. It’s as close to how nostalgia would smell if it could be contained.

Delicious Autumn
Near Donner Lake
Delicious Autumn
Hike near Donner Lake
Delicious Autumn
Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

Comfort food is cooked with old family recipes. Fashions get creative with all the layering, and boots are eager to make their way out of storage. Coffee has never tasted better than when the temperature drops off into cold mornings and chilly evenings.

Delicious Autumn
Near Donner Lake

Who can resist a hike when a light jacket will suffice until the warmth of the sun is enough to shed the layer, but not enough to be too hot? When the leaves underfoot are the unmistakable, intricate creations of God?

Delicious Autumn
Highway 88 near Kirkwood – a snowy fall day
Delicious Autumn
Hope Valley
Delicious Autumn
Red Lake – Highway 88

But why does the sound of flying geese overhead cause my heart to ache a little? Why do the leaves floating through the air as in a fairy tale cause me to cherish the sight and at the same time feel like I can’t quite grasp this glory while it is at my doorstep?

Delicious Autumn
Hope Valley
Delicious Autumn
Hope Valley

Fall isn’t a passive guest outside my window. It calls me to itself and begs me to participate in its splendor. Willingly, excitedly, I do with utter delight. But I cannot hold on to it. It slips through my fingers. Autumn teases with the pleasure of its grandeur, but promises to disappear beneath the sleeping grass and barren trees.

Glorious Autumn
Hope Valley
Delicious Autumn
Hope Valley

Take it all in, every bit that you can, I tell myself with almost a panic that I’ll miss it. Engage as it beckons you, I chide myself in my fear of it passing me by.

“Enjoy,” Autumn tells me.

In the Silence
Hope Valley – snowy fall day
Delicious Autumn
Near Donner Lake
Delicious Autumn
Our sweet puppy (Scooby) on a fall hike near Donner Lake
Delicious Autumn

Autumn, you are indeed delicious – you are extravagant. You demand attention, not for your own pleasure, but for ours. Thank you.

Delicious Autumn
Sunset at Lake Tahoe on our Women’s Retreat