Fall is in the air…finally!
I’ve been telling a lot of people lately that I’ve never seen the grass and trees so lush and green this late in the year thanks to weeks of biblical amounts of rainfall Iowa saw this summer. But despite the unseasonably warm temperatures continuing to hang around late into October, the tell-tale signs of autumn…earlier sunsets, cooler evenings, and turning trees…have undoubtedly arrived.
While I’m not wishing away the last of our warm days (lord knows we’ll be up to our eyeballs in snow before long), I’m welcoming the change with open arms; you should know by now that fall is our favorite time of year here at the Hardinge homestead!
Thankfully all that rain has since subsided, and for the past two weekends in a row we’ve managed to get outdoors and enjoy many of our fall favorites we look forward to all year long.
Two weeks ago we made our annual pilgrimage to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch…
…on what has been one of the cooler days of the season so far (although nobody seemed to mind).
Howell’s has all our favorite family-friendly fall activities all in one place, and word has spread that this is one of the coolest places to visit each year. And while the weekends usually get crazy busy, going with girls’ preschool class field trip on a week-day saved us the hassle and made the experience much more enjoyable…no lines!
Speaking of annual trips, we found ourselves in nearby Winterset just this past weekend for our yearly “fall pictures on the swinging bridge,” which turned out amazing as always.
Don’t forget Dad!
And a few selfies, of course.
We usually provide G-Pa Steve with some company while we’re in the neighborhood, but since he was harvesting elsewhere that morning we decided to picnic at a nearby covered bridge which our neighboring county is so famous for.
The original Cedar Bridge is no longer standing (it was destroyed by arson a few years back), but the replica seen today is one of only six remaining famed covered bridges in Madison County. With a fully drivable overpass and two maintained picnic areas on either end, it was the perfect spot for some afternoon exploration.
And a few more family photo-ops, natch 😉
I think the girls were sick of smiling posing by the time we piled back in the van for home. Sorry girls, but we have to take advantage of this weather while it lasts!
And take advantage of you allowing us to take all these cheesy pictures before you get “too cool” and start rolling your eyes at us. :’-(
That’s all the pictures for now…hope you’ve managed to enjoy the beginning of fall just as much as we have!