Autumn has always been my favorite season. Warm weather does not agree with me, and I prefer the crisp air of autumn to heat and humidity. Here on the West Coast, we don’t have the hardwood forests found on the East Coast, but we do get some of the fall colors.
We went to Victoria, BC for our honeymoon in October of 2003, and a friend gave us an idea of where to stay. We booked a room at the Inn at Laurel Point, where we had a wonderful view of the famed Inner Harbour. We could watch the little harbor-taxi boats plying their way across the water.
And we were fortunate to be right over the pretty Japanese-style garden.
Dusk is a particularly peaceful time of day in this autumn environment. We had the special treat of watching the float-planes land, right opposite our balcony. That’s the only route from our Washington State home to Victoria that we haven’t taken yet.
Seattle’s Kenmore Air has regular service to Victoria, and we might just take it someday, if the border opens again.
In the morning, we often take a walk around the neighborhood of the hotel. Not too far away is the Inner Harbour Marina, where there are all kinds of boats docked. Some are day-sailers and power boats, and there ere even some houseboats. That wooden boat with the square stern is a houseboat.
On our honeymoon, part of our package tour was a trip to the famous Butchart Gardens. The gorgeous fall colors are at their best, and we try to go there whenever we celebrate our anniversary in Victoria. The gardens never fail to display their showy colors, and inspired design.
Literally, beauty wherever you look.
In our own Cascade Mountains, we get some fall colors, even with our preponderance of evergreen trees (not for nothing is Washington called the Evergreen State). Just over Stevens Pass, in Chelan County, is the Tumwater Canyon, on US Highway 2. We drive this way many times during the year, because we love to go to Leavenworth on a day trip. Along the Wenatchee River, if you get there at exactly the right time, you can see the brightly-colored trees reflected in the water.
I am happiest when the autumn air is crisp, the leaves on the trees turn yellow and red, and I can be out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Even right near my home, autumn makes its appearance. This beautiful red-leafed tree was found in the parking lot of our local Costco store!
And every year, I notice this line of trees right behind our house, on the property of the Silver Lake Water District.
Autumn-I can hardly wait until it gets here again. Simple pleasures, close to home.