When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, Washington, DC has so much to offer. From an abundance of trees on the city streets to picturesque views on the Potomac River to pumpkin patches on farms that are just a short drive away. The DC area really has it all. One of the things that I love about living here is that it is such a green city. There are tons of trees everywhere. And there are lots of parks and places to connect with nature even though you are in an urban area. One of my other favorite things about living in DC is Fall in DC.
This year, we really lucked out and we’ve had a beautiful Fall. The past couple of years not so much. The leaves went from green to brown to gone. Very disappointing. But this year, Mother Nature is putting on a show for us. Everywhere you look you see vibrant, almost iridescent orange, splashes of bright red, deep burgundy, and mellow yellows. Here are some quick shots I took of the pretty Fall leaves when I was walking around in my neighborhood.
And, it has been a nice long-lasting Fall too. We’ve had weeks and weeks of gradually changing colors and beautiful weather mostly in the 60’s with lots of sun (of course, the arctic blast has arrived so kiss the warm temps goodbye!).
Fall is all around you in DC. You simply have to take a walk to experience it. But, I’ve also had the chance to take advantage of some of the fun Fall activities the DC area has to offer. John and I went on a Fall Foliage Cruise on the Potomac last weekend. I got a bunch of iPhone shots (forgot to take my camera, darn it). It was the perfect time of day to take pictures and capture the trees and sky reflected in the water.
The other fun Fall activity was a visit to Homestead Farm in Poolesville, MD. John and I took his kids there a few weeks ago. We went on a hay ride, picked a pumpkin, played with the farm animals, and had fresh apple cider. It’s a beautiful place. This was my second visit to Homestead Farm. Last time I was there in the Summertime and we picked peaches, blackberries, and fresh flowers. I highly recommend it. Even just the car ride to get there is very pretty.
You feel transported to another time and place. It’s fun to pick your own fruit and veggies (and to eat them when you get home!). And, they have a bunch of friendly farm animals ranging from adorable goats to chickens, pigs, and cows, and even a baby alpaca (pictured up top). It does get extremely busy at certain times of the year though. So, be prepared for crowds particularly as you get close to Halloween. But, I just love that place. It’s a nice change of pace and a little escape from city life.
It is only about 30 degrees right now and I am sad to see Fall go. But, it has been a spectacular Fall and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Now I anxiously await Mother Nature’s next breathtaking show… Spring! In the meantime, bundle up. It’s gonna get cold out there. 🙂