I admit I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to Chicagoland. There's just so much that Chicago and its suburbs gets right. Sports, museums, food, fall, apple picking. The list goes on and on.
I love Nashville but it's no Chicago. What Nashville does do well: superior (and more accessible) fried pickles and a crazy awesome music scene. I'll let you debate whether country is a part of that equation.
When I made my 32 Things list, quite a few Nashville hot spots were included. Some have been worth the hype, others not as much. Still, I've enjoyed purposefully exploring my town.
Back home, family and friends would regularly go to Cantigny and Morton Arboretum. We'd explore the gardens and go on walks around the grounds. I'm sure I went on a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden as well.
I wasn't sure how Cheekwood Botanical Garden would stack up against those experiences. The Free Day dawned on Sunday, the weather unexpectedly sunny instead of the predicted rain. September may be about to end but fall has not officially received the memo.
The leaves are just beginning to change. You can see how beautiful it will be in a few short weeks. I love the mix of red, orange, yellow. The promise of spring made complete. Some people mourn fall. It's all that stands between us and winter. And winter is something we must endure.
But I adore fall for what it is. Crisp air, cardigans and flip flops, pumpkin everything, cider doughnuts, caramel apples, foliage turning, a relief after summer's brutal heat and humidity. Fall is not without its surprises. Like Sunday's sunshine which bid us to leave cardigans behind.
Or the agony of September baseball, which we'd prefer to forget. And we will forget until Spring training begins anew and hope springs eternal again.
In the meantime, I'll enjoy another Pumpkin Spice Latte and collect leaves for a bouquet. Perhaps it's time to create a Thankful Tree.
Tis almost the season and I feel alive and open to it all.
(This was #24 on my 32 Things.)
What's your favorite part of fall? What is your hometown known for?