Seasonally Challenged?

The air is cool and full of the damp smell of decay. I’ve spent the morning digging through my basement in search of the sock bin that’s been snubbed for the last four months in favour of sandals. In my humble opinion, the best time of year has finally arrived. It’s fall and along with all of the fabulous smells and sights comes the best time for getting outside.

Don’t let the cooler wet weather keep you and the family inside. With the right gear and clothing, the “off-season” out-of-doors has so much to offer. Pumpkins and apple pies, a couple of wheels rolling over crunchy colourful leaves, evening thunderstorms and early morning misty paddles, these are a few of my favourite things. It’s time to triple up friends with a base layer, mid-layer and wind/rain jacket combo. These will keep you covered from the cold break of dawn through the warm sun breaking through in the afternoon and then back again. Light gloves and a cute hat are invaluable for keeping in the cosy and take up almost no room in your pack or pockets, so be sure to bring some along on your adventures.

Whatever your excursion of choice, be prepared with the right gear. Whether running, cycling, or just walking the dog, remember that night is coming sooner these days and even your commute home could get a little dark. Bring your lights and reflectors and make sure that you can be seen. Staying out overnight? Bring a tarp, a cozy sleeping bag and a full-fly tent and be prepared to fix hot meals and drinks to keep up your comfort level and your spirits.

Now that you’re ready for the weather, get out there and enjoy the changing seasons. And don’t forget to find those socks…you’re gonna need them.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Socks are definitely a sign of the changing seasons. I’ve just had to sort all mine out too. 🙂


  2. Posted by Ed Horner on October 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    I’m with you Jen. Autumn is a great time of year. Bugs have ceased, colours are turning, crowds are way down and the cooler temperatures are perfect for arduous hikes. Afterwards, hitting a local pub for a warm meal and a brew is more appreciated than in the summer.


  3. I’m with you Ed. It’s great not having to swat mosquitoes all evening!

    Where are the Georgian Islands if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve never heard of them before. I’m from Cape Cod (eastern coast of New England, US).

    Thanks and nice job with this post!


    • I loooove fall tripping! Check out the piece I wrote about it last year

      Georgian Bay Islands National Park is about two hours north of Toronto just west of the trans Canada Highway. It’s in a body of water called Georgian Bay which is what Lake Huron turns into 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words!


    • Georgian [bay] Islands National Park is about 150 kilometers north of Toronto, on Georgian Bay. Accessible only by water. Nearest major town is Honey Harbour. About a 3km paddle (depending on where you put in).


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