A Season For Everything

I typically don’t make a practice of choosing favorites, but if I had to select a season of the year that I enjoy more than the others, I would certainly choose autumn. Growing up, fall was always synonymous with Hunting Season, but in the last few years, I have come to appreciate the full range of outdoor opportunities it offers. Here is an update on what my fall in State College has consisted of.

Over the past month and a half, I have become convinced that fall trout fishing is unrivaled among its seasonal peers. The upcoming spawning season has trout as aggressive as ever, and water temperatures have dropped enough to encourage them to consistently feed subsurface, a nymph-lover’s dream! But most persuasive has been the brilliant colors the wild brown trout of Central PA exhibit this time of year. I have been fortunate enough to be able to slip away several afternoons and weekends and pursue such a beautiful quarry.

I am struck by the contrasting brilliance of trout and leaves - One as it prepares to die, the other as it prepares to give new life!

I am struck by the contrasting brilliance of trout and leaves – One as it prepares to die, the other as it prepares to give new life!

One way I have daily appreciated the autumn season is by looking up and enjoying the colorful leaves, wherever my feet or tires have taken me! In addition to enjoying the leaves around State College, I was also able to enjoy a picturesque drive on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park in late October. Mixing mountains and colorful trees always creates a no-lose scenario!

The always-beautiful Shenandoah National Park.

The always-beautiful Shenandoah National Park.

Of course, the fall season also means it is time to dust off the shotgun and get out to enjoy some hunting. Nothing invokes the seasonal mood quite like a chill in the air with cold steel in hand. Observing the activity of hard-at-work faunae serves as a blunt reminder that winter is not far away. Several successful afternoons spent chasing small game have left me eager (and hungry!) for the upcoming Pennsylvania seasons for larger game.

Good Sport and Good Eating!

Good Sport and Good Eating!

A new adventure I tried out this season was running a trail half-marathon with my girlfriend, Ketura, in Greensboro, North Carolina. I found long distance running to be time-consuming and tedious, but training gave me motivation to explore new hiking trails and enjoy the changing of the seasons, and the race itself was surprisingly enjoyable. Still, there is a good chance that this will not become an annual fall activity!

The look of two first-timers post-race.

The look of two first-timers post-race.

As always, remember that any excuse is a good excuse to get out and enjoy the season!

-Ethan

 

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