Editorial: Autumn is the Artist

Autumn is the Artist

I was out this past weekend traveling through Maryland to get to Virginia - and I saw that some of the leaves on the trees are already starting to turn. The temperatures, however, are still hot and sometimes humid.
As I've said in past tourism editorials, autumn is perhaps one of my favorite seasons. Many feel that spring is the time for a new beginning. I find autumn to be invigorating and exciting. Nathaniel Hawthorne's (1804 - 1864) "I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air," rings true for me. Autumn is inspirational for me as a writer. There's nothing like sitting outside listening to the crisp leaves rustle down the street or geese on their way to warmer climates for the winter.
Aw, autumn. It's the end of long, hot, muggy days and the start of cool, crisp days with refreshing temperatures. Autumn is a fantastic time to get outdoors! Autumn gives us the opportunity to enjoy a long day outside without becoming too hot or too cold. We can escape and enjoy long hikes while enjoying the changing scenery and colors or just sit under a tree for hours at a time. This beautiful season is also the perfect time for taking beautiful photos.
This year autumn begins on Sunday, September 23, 2007.
Autumn is the Artist. Her fiery colors explode all around us. Her wind brings in shorter, cooler days. The beauty of autumn in Maryland is spectacular. I've yet to find a place that compares.
In this autumn issue, readers can look forward finding new and historical places to visit for relaxation, entertainment, recreation, and events. Read "Endless Possibilities for Recreation in Washington County" (provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau) for a list of parks, golf courses, and trails for outdoor fun and adventure.
"Where To Fish" gives readers an array of lakes and rivers for fishing and boating, while "Hiking in Western Maryland" lists a few great places to take in Mother Nature's beauty.
Read about Chambersburg small town friendliness, Funkstown's upcoming anniversary celebration, Shepherdstown's Fall Festival, and much more.
There's plenty to look forward to in this edition of the Picket News Fall Tourism Guide. Don't forget to check our calendar on pages 3, 4, and 5 for local events, festivals, concerts, and shows throughout the area, which are also located throughout the tourism guide in small articles.
Wherever you decide to go this autumn, be sure to take a few moments to take in Maryland's beauty. Park the car, get the camera, get the family together, and start snapping a few memories.

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese, Editor