My favorite time of year is autumn in the Pacific Northwest. Spring would take second place, but there is something about the feeling of winding down after a busy summer and getting ready for a long winter, that makes you feel all cozy inside. The air starts the turn crisp in the evenings and snow starts to appear in the mountains. Makes you appreciate a warm campfire with good friends and great conversation. This is what an autumn camping trip means to me. Can you almost feel the cool moist wind on your skin? Well it is starting to rain now, time to hunker-in for the night. Goodnight.
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The first cold weather period is always an exciting time in the mountains. It's a major landmark which signifies the nearing of the winter season. There is nothing more exciting to wake up in a tent, zip open the door and find the whole area in a blanket of white frost and ice. Put your shoes on and step out the door, taking your first breaths of that cold, crisp fresh air. This makes you feel more alive than all the money and coffee in the world. Not to say that you can't add a cup of hot coffee on top of the experience tho.
The cool mornings start to fall over the forest. This is a reprieve from the hot dry months in the Pacific Northwest. The end of September is a transitioning period towards the wet season. Forest foliage starts to change color, before dropping to the ground. Elk start heading into their rutting season, when bugling can be heard echoing through the valley. The next few weeks are my favorite of the whole year!