Octobering in Chicago means enjoying the last few weeks at the Green City Market, tapering for the Chicago Marathon, crisp walks along the lake, leaf piles in the streets, hideously spooky (and in some cases just plain hideous) Halloween decorations, and the return of all things pumpkin–ie: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds, etc.
Octobering in Colorful Colorado has an entirely different meaning. Not three days ago Keystone got five inches of snow; not at the summit, but down here, down at the base. Friday evening brought road closures, multi-car pile-ups, and blizzard like conditions. And when I opened my eyes early Saturday morning, I opened my eyes to bright blue skies and yellow and orange leaves littering the newly fallen snow. Arapahoe Basin is boasting that they are already at 50% of the snow needed to open on October 18th (though rumor has it they’re pushing for 10/10…) and everyone around is jittery with anticipation of this year’s ski season. Heck, quite a few of my snowboarder friends have already “hit a rail” up at Loveland Pass #waysickerthanyoubrah.
Though I love summer and everything that comes with it, I think deep down I am a cold weather girl. I live for cozy sweaters and wraps, tall leather boots, hot cocoa, chili with cheese and sour cream, football (well the social side of football), the smell yellow and red leaves mingling with the earthy scent of the dirt, “fall fest”, the first snowfall, and the sting of your nose and cheeks after running around outside in the crisp cool October air.
And if we are being completely honest here, I’d be totally ok with another October blizzard.