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Tracy Frank, Published September 23 2012

Favorite Things: Frank’s favorite things about fall

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – I love this time of year.

For me, the weather is usually perfect. It’s cool enough for long sleeves but not so cold that I have to bundle up. It’s warm enough to be outside without a jacket but not so hot that I sweat.

The mild temps are definitely one of my favorite things about autumn, but here are a few more:

Morning glories

This time of year, the morning glories that climb my fence are in full bloom, filling the chain-link from my house to the gate with a plethora of purple and pink blossoms. They take all summer to climb and start blooming, but the explosion of color they eventually produce is well worth the wait.

Vivid colors

There’s a tree near my house that always turns colors a little earlier than the rest. Its leaves become a brilliant yellow and red-orange, like it’s trapped a sunset in its branches. It’s a prelude to autumn announcing the vivid kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows and browns to come. I love driving around and seeing the deep hues painted across the landscape every fall.

Crunching leaves

While I don’t enjoy raking leaves, I love the satisfying crunch fallen leaves make as you walk through them. When going for walks, my kids and I will purposely route ourselves through a pile of leaves just to hear them rustle and crunch.

Pumpkin Patch

Every fall my family, parents, siblings, and their families try to get together at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch near Bismarck.

They have bale mazes (made with more than 800 straw bales), nature trails, slides stacked on straw bales, wagon rides, a zip line, pony rides, a pumpkin catapult, a pumpkin canon, and pumpkins and gourds galore.

There are enough activities to keep the kids and adults entertained.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is open Sept. 10 through Oct. 20 this year. For more information, visit: www.papaspumpkinpatch.com.

Harvest

Fall means harvest time and fresh vegetables from the garden become zucchini cake from my mom and homemade salsa from my dad and husband.

And of course, there’s the apple pie my mom makes with apples from the tree in their back yard – yum!