The crisp morning air. The vibrantly colored leaves and their crunch. The warm drinks. The cozy clothing. Listen, if wanting fall to arrive is wrong, I don't want to be right!
Now, let me be clear: I'm not wishing the last bit of summer away. Definitely not! I'm soaking up all the sun and fun I can. But there's nothing like autumn in Michigan. Even during this strange year, plenty of businesses and organizations have creatively adapted to allow for some safe, socially distanced events.
Here's my checklist of fall must-do activities.
Go for a Hike
There are plenty of trails found throughout Kent and Ottawa counties that can satisfy your need for autumnal outdoor wanderlust. Make it a party by bringing the family and your favorite furry friend along.
Surprise a Friend with a Treat
Whether you make it yourself or pick it up from one of the many apple orchards in the area, a delicious pie, warm doughnuts, or another Michigan-made delicacy always make for an ideal pick-me-up.
Take a Scenic Drive
Whether it's in your own neighborhood or further north in the U.P., it's never a bad idea to cruise around and soak up the color of the season with your favorite tunes on.
Carve a Pumpkin
Now, you don't have to carve it just yet. But don't be like me and wait until 6 p.m. on Halloween to realize you never did it.
Continue to Do Good
Go through your closet and gather your gently used and in-style clothing to give to Women's Resource Center, donate menstrual products to I Support the Girls, shop small and local, do something nice for a neighbor, and, last but not least: Wear a mask while in public.
Have a Socially Distanced Bonfire or Outdoor Movie Night
Bust out the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows to make some s'mores, or order a pizza and grab some blankets to have a spooky movie marathon using a bed sheet and Bluetooth projector.
Will it still be 80 degrees when I put my fall décor up? Chances are good.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for West Michigan Woman.