Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Accepting Fall





Having had such a wonderful summer and with a beach trip still fresh in my mind, I have had a hard time accepting that Fall is really here. But, I found out today that the best way to cure yourself of the never-wanting-summer-to-enders disease is to drive up into the mountains and enjoy the foliage. It is pretty cool that we live in a place where we get to see Autumn in it's full glory-- fiery red maple leaves and gold and green scrub oak.We packed up some field guides, bags for collecting, and snacks and headed to this little canyon 20 minutes away for some "nature appreciation."
I'm going to get a bit nerdy here and tell you all what we learned in our nature field guide.
You can eat the seeds of those maple trees raw or roasted. You can also tap a spigot 2 cm into the bark in the early winter and boil and eat the syrup that drips out. It's a good source of B vitamins unlike it's storebought counterpart. What? you already knew that?!




5 comments:

stephanie said...

I have been sad to see summer go. But I love fall. I just hate winter. I agree we are lucky to be so close to the mountains and enjoy the fall foliage.

Megz said...

I totally know all about eating seeds and stuff since I have a boy in scouts. Actually, the only thing I know now is 'leaves of 3, let them be'.
Your playlist is a problem. I cannot get that stinkin' Califorina Dreamin' song from my head. And it's worse since the recent revelations about Poppa from the group....

Michelle said...

How funny that you LOVE summer and I can't stand it. Good thing we have more important things in common.

LC said...

What is going on with the Poppa Megz?

Sher said...

I like the Vivaldi -- Autumn. I feel so cultured when I'm visiting your blog. I liked the pictures too.