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What’s So Good About the Fall?

Here in New Hampshire, it’s the crispy cool air, the bright starry nights and most of all it’s all those colorful leaves before they fall from the trees.

The back-to-school/back-to-work vibe at the end of the summer gives a sense of purpose to the air. The falling and dead leaves add their hallmark scent. Combined with the cool crispiness of the bright clear skies and you have the recipe for the most perfect air I’ve ever breathed.

I feel a need to spend as much time outside. Time to breath and soak in this environment, absorbing the vivid sensual experience and feel it stimulate and calm me at the same time.

In the spirit of making the most of the glorious weather, I went on a hike with my husband to The

Flumes in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire. This is a singularly remarkable place. I went first when I was a child and remembered its awesomeness until decades later when I took my children. It’s one of those places I will return again and again for replenishment.

Someone had the brilliant idea to build these walkways along the granite walls of the gorge created by the rushing water from the mountains. Walking through the gorge, hearing and feeling the rushing water, feeling the cool granite walls, seeing the stark landscape, fires up the happy neurons in my brain like nothing else. It’s like a supremely refreshing meditation, keeping me in the moment and feeling as alive as I’ve ever felt.

The two mile trek was invigorating, but not too challenging in spite of the rocks and the climb upwards and downhill pounding. A suitable challenge for most people unless you’re a super athlete or over eighty, IMHO.

Now I’m ready to take on the winter. Let it snow!

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