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Danecdotes: Fall the best time of year

I've complained about the spring season here a few times. Summer is too warm, and winter goes on too long.

Now it's time for my favorite season of the year.

For those of you saying fall started on Sept. 22, if every tree is still green and it's 70 degrees outside, it's not really fall. I don't care what the calendar says.

Regardless, the leaves are changing and the weather is chilly without being frigid. It is safe to say we are officially in the middle of fall.

Fall lets me have a truly gorgeous commute to work along arguably the prettiest stretch of Highway 371. There are plenty of yellows, oranges and reds to see as I drive to and from the Echo Journal office, complemented by the glistening of a few nearby lakes (assuming the sun is out, which has not been a guarantee these past few weeks).

I also love the temperature this time of year. Summers get too warm for my liking, whereas if I'm too cold in the fall, a sweater is usually enough to warm me up. Sometimes it's too difficult to warm up in the winter no matter how many layers you have on. Fall is right in that perfect spot in terms of temperature.

This is also one of the better times for sports, if you ask me. Activities like football can be enjoyed without athletes worrying about heat stroke, golf can be fun when it's not too hot and we are just a few short weeks from the start of the World Series. If you ask me, it doesn't get much better.

Additionally, we are now in preparation mode for deer hunting, which is a time of year that I love - not so much for bagging a deer as for the interactions with my brother and overly prepared dad.

This is also the fun (for me) time of year where my beard gets a bit unruly. Usually, I let my facial hair grow out in the months leading up to deer hunting, and it has become this weird, almost ceremonial tradition for me to have this somewhat big, thick beard for the hunting season and then take a whole bunch of it off in time for Thanksgiving.

However, my 5-month-old son has just found my beard and is enjoying pulling on it, so I just may have to give this tradition a year off. In that case, it will be back next year.

October is really the "sweet spot" for fall, because it usually isn't too cold yet, and the mad rush to Christmas hasn't started yet. It is the perfect time to simply enjoy the area.

That's my take on fall. Obviously, I play up my disdain for spring and there is always fun to be had in the summer months; but if you ask me, this is the best time of the year.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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