Autumn has been my favorite season for many, many years. It has always had a lot going on for it--for me, at least. Living where we do, the colors are usually quite gorgeous and it is a pleasure to drive around and look at the turning leaves. With autumn comes a respite from the warm/hot temperatures of summer. Hockey season begins in the fall. And with the cold/er temps, the bugs are 'taken care of' and I don't have to be concerned about them anymore. This year shot all this to hell.
First, the temps haven't been nearly cold enough for me. Regularly, we have had temps in the high 50s, low 60s. This has kept the bugs living much longer than is comfortable for me. Also, we have had a very bad year for yellow jackets/wasps. But it seems as if it has been a bad year for the entire mid-west--almost everyone I've talked to has had problems. And even the cooler temps haven't done what they've done in the past. To top it all off, I am not getting my hockey fix as I should be--thank you so much, NHL owners, for locking out the players during contract negotiations!
Even though I didn't get further north again this year, I still found a picture that shows the glory that is the UP during the fall color season: