An Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost. Depending on latitude and elevation, it can occur in the Northern Hemisphere between late September and mid November.
For as long as I can remember, summer has been my favorite season. Not because it was a vacation from school, but because there were so many fun things we did all summer long. I grew up at a lake (extremely small, but whatever, a lake is a lake!), so we swam, played, took boat rides, occasionally getting to ski from a neighbor's boat and most importantly, went for family vacations. With two parents as teachers, we only went on vacations in the summer, but I didn't think anything of it.
Now, having my own family, we are keeping some of the traditions from our childhoods and adding new ones. This past summer, we had so much fun that I did not want it to end. We went camping, we went swimming, we spent a lot of time at Zoombezi Bay, we had picnics, we had campfires, we went for walks, we went for bikerides, we played baseball, we played tag....etc, etc.
Fall hit...and I'm ok with fall. It's beautiful to watch the trees change colors. We take adventure walks to collect leaves and make things with the leaves. We find acorns, walnuts, etc on the ground and have fun with them. And let's not forget fall running....heading down the street or trail, hearing the leaves crunching underfoot, something about that brings pure joy to my runs.
Then Indian Summer hits as it inevitably does every year and I know that this is most likely the last stretch of nice weather until usually March. Some winters are horrible (like 2011, lots of ice & days in the teens for a high temperature), some not as bad (like 2012 with warmer than average weather). Indian Summer makes me plan for the winter. If we have lots of fun activities planned, the winter doesn't make me fall into a funk as bad as winters with no plans.
For now, I will continue to enjoy this beautiful weather , but am definitely planning ahead for some fun activities for the winter. And looking forward to spring!
If you live in an area with changing seasons, which is your favorite? Do you enjoy the changing of the seasons? Do you ever get into a "funk" like I do when it turns cold and gray?