Hello, Fall

I love this time of year. The sun is out, the leaves are turning and, as the astute comedians behind Shit Girls Say have said, “I’m excited to wear layers again.” The weather has been beautiful in Calgary, so I’ve been trying to maximize my time outdoors. The recent adventures have included hiking Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, running two races — the Canmore Rocky Mountain 5K and the Ronald McDonald House Rock the House Run — and partaking in yesterday’s AIDS Walk for Life. I’ve also had brunches, lunches and dinners on many patios around town, which I would not say has been “adventurous” but very tasty, indeed.

There’s something about fall that feels romantic and breezy and special. I want to soak it all up. To do this, I plan on hiking at least one more time before snow hits. Last week, both Chris and our good friend Colette wrote about some great hikes for this time of year (blog post and story, respectively), so I’ll take their suggestions. I will also run as much as possible (and as much as my recovering knee will permit). I’m really looking forward to a long, lovely run next weekend through Edmonton’s river valley. I do it every time I’m home for Thanksgiving weekend and the views are gorgeous.

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving a week early because I’ll be flying away to the Dominican Republic the following week. (I’ve been invited on a media trip and will fill you in upon my return. *SO EXCITED*) I can’t wait to see my family this weekend. Seems like a while since we’ve all been together and fall reminds me of some happy family times from when I was younger — walks, hikes, playing in our backyard. We always seemed to take family photos in the fall, too, like the one below. This picture makes me want to hug every one of them tight, and I will on Friday.

Wishing you all a lovely, outdoorsy fall!

~Michelle

P.S. On the patio front, I plan on hitting some up while sipping coffee and/or vino and reading the next two books on my fall reading list: How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I haven’t read the latter since high school and want to check it out again before the movie opens on Christmas Day.  (Have you seen the trailer?)