Change is coming.
You can see it on the horizon. You can hear it in the wind. You can smell it in the air. You can feel it on your skin.
The warm temperatures of the last week or so were but a tease - a momentary distraction. Unseasonably warm days lulled us into denial about the bleak days to come.
Funny how we forget that it can't last forever.
We look at the brilliant orange, red, gold, yellow, and brown leaves glowing in the bright sunlight and still refuse to believe that they will quickly dull, shrivel, and drop from the trees. Our beautiful blue sky will cloud over. The warm gentle breeze will change to a cold howling wind.
It's inevitable. It's a cycle. As much as we would like it to be different, just this one time, we know deep down inside that it can't be.
But that's no reason to despair.
We're in peak season. Colors continue to change. Temperatures are conducive to being outdoors. There is still time to occupy nature.
In the past two weeks I've witnessed scores of cyclists rolling along the roads and hitting the trails. Walkers, runners, rollerbladers, dog walkers and stroller pushers have been out there, too. Each has made the commitment to get outside and reflect upon it all.
Colors have popped and leaves have dropped, crunching under my wheels as I spin down the bike path. Squirrels scramble in the underbrush. The air is fragrant and brisk. There is nowhere I'd rather be than on my bike, savoring each autumn moment.
I have to remind myself to stop looking so far down the road that I don't notice the subtle beauty that continually surrounds me. I need to slow down, sit up, and take it all in while it's still here.
Change is coming.
Here are some great places that you can go to occupy nature this weekend.