Fall. Seriously, is there a better time of the year? (Don’t answer that, summer-lovers)
I read a quote earlier this week that really resonated with me; it said, “Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.”
While some people see fall as a sort of time of decay -- the warning sign season right before a harsh winter -- I’ve always seen it as a refresh.
The air is a little crisper, the colors are just a little bit brighter and it offers a secret sense of new beginnings.
Kelly and I were so excited for our first trip up to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with two of our closest friends earlier this month. The reds, oranges and yellows of the season just always seemed to look better in photos from up north.
The scenery did not disappoint. (Although the unexpected 80-degree weather was a little unseasonable)
We didn’t have to go far to do some leaf-peeping. In fact, some of the best foliage we saw surrounded the house where we were staying (score!).
Of course, looking down into the PA Grand Canyon during our scenic hike through the hills offered a pretty spectacular view, too.
During our travels along the Turkey Path, we got up close and personal with one of the largest waterfalls in the area.
Our visit marked an unusual time when the creek at the bottom of the canyon was extremely low. We were able to walk out onto the rocks in the water, take some great shots and eat our much-deserved lunch after our 45-minute march down the mountain-side.
Some perfectly-placed bicyclers timed their cruise by perfectly for this shot.
If we thought the hike down was interesting, climbing back up the hillside was no joke. To anyone heading here for the first time, get ready for some stair climbing!
After our hike (and stopping off for some much needed fuel at the nearest Dunkin Donuts!) we topped off the evening with an impromptu, playful twilight portrait session with our friends.
In all, the trip was one of the best I’ve ever taken and I cannot wait to go back!
To quote L.M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
What’s your favorite thing to do in the fall? We’d love to hear all about it!