Now it’s back to reality, which means we have to winterize the house and car. How boring. Drain the sprinkler system, drain the water hoses, clear out the garden after harvesting the last zucchini, rake leaves, check the antifreeze in the car’s radiator, put on the winter snow tires, dig out all the winter clothes, make sure the wood pile is sufficient for the winter, clean out the fireplace and have the furnace checked.
The good news for some is that it’s football season. The University of Nevada, Reno’s football team is on a roll and chicken wings and beer are back with a vengeance. The coming cold weather drives some indoors but a few hardy souls will go fishing at Pyramid Lake for those giant cutthroat trout while others will try their luck hunting mule deer, elk, antelope and the elusive chukar in various favorite secret spots around Nevada.
The baseball World Series is on the horizon and that will be a lot of fun. You could load up the family truckster and make a run to Apple Hill to get your yearly load of fresh apple cider, fresh apple pies and fresh apples of all kinds. You could even stop at the south end of Lake Tahoe and see the Kokanee salmon on their annual spawning run up Taylor Creek. What a great fall outing all of that would be.
In Nevada, we not only have Halloween, but we also have Nevada Day and what would Nevada Day be without the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City? This year’s Grand Marshall for the parade will be Dick Rutan, who flew nonstop around the world in his experimental airplane.
With the change of seasons comes the change in our weather as well. We’ll see the beautiful and somewhat eerie, flying-saucer-looking lenticular clouds once again in our skies, denoting that change in weather. Our night sky is changing as well. The constellation Orion will dominate the night sky all winter. While you’re looking for Orion, don’t forget to find the Big Dipper and then find the North Star so you can keep your bearings in this ever-changing world. You might as well enjoy the night as the nights will be longer as well.
Early voting for the mid-term general election goes from Oct. 16 through 29. Voting early won’t shut off those wonderful political campaign ads on television but it will guarantee that come Election Day, Nov. 2, you won’t have to stand in any line to vote either.
After the election it will be time to start thinking about your menu for Thanksgiving Dinner. There’s nothing better than the smell of roast turkey cooking in the oven and football on television. Pumpkin pie and the Macy’s parade are all staples for the day as well.
Then look out. The day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas sales season. It’s the day you’ll find more paperboys in the hospital with either heart failure or strained back muscles from throwing that ultra-heavy newspaper on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the fall. It’s here whether we want it or not. Look at the bright side, spring is only six months away. Smile!
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.