38 days. Now that October is upon us, we have 38 days left before we fall backwards into the arms of Jack Frost. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Jack might be putting us in a choke hold if winter is as harsh as is predicted. Almanac.com anticipates that this winter will be a “season of shivers.” So, let’s make the most of the sunlight while we have it. Commit to walking or biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail. Turn it up a notch and visit Crosby for the robust mountain biking. Hike the trails at the community center. Do some fall camping by boat at one of the islands on the Whitefish Chain.
Indoor activities slow down a bit in October. However, bingo, meat raffles and music will still be on tap at several locations. Places like the 14 Lakes Brewery post music artists who will be performing on their Facebook page; it is worth taking a look online if you’re searching for venues that are not planned out just yet. Moonlite Bay will have a DJ on the weekends. Kicks on 66 offers art classes for children and adults.
Each golden leaf that falls brings us closer to cold, dark and short days. But I know that you snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, ice fishermen and hunters are primed for the months ahead. There will be cozy fires, comfy sweaters, savory stews and hot cider to enjoy. I’m preparing myself to do the bedding “switch out,” when the cool cotton sheets get replaced with flannels and snuggly down. We’ll cheer on the Vikings (no matter what) as fall melts into winter. It’s hard not to anticipate the change of seasons with a bit of wonder and excitement, isn’t it?