I like summer. I like camping on long weekends, sitting around the campfire laughing with friends. I like berry picking and fresh produce from the garden. I like vacations that let me visit with friends and family I don't normally see, and I like going to weddings and celebrating new lives beginning together. But I just LOVE Autumn. The smell of change in the air. The slightly cooler breeze that stirs the leaves in the trees on sunny afternoons. I Love the way life takes on a new rythm again that was once lost in the chaos of summer. I love taking out my winter sweaters and greeting them as old friends (even if I only wear them in the house with the AC on - at first at least!) I love sipping tea and reading a book on a comfy couch or making applesauce. You can still go camping or go for "one last swim" on a warm autumn day. Maybe what I love about fall so much is that it makes me savor the things of Summer I know I'm going to miss, and helps me get excited for the things winter will bring. What a perfect transitioner Autumn is. But before we get too far into this Autumn season, I do have to (of course) post some pictures of my recent journey South of the (Oregon) border.