Is it just me...or does it seem as if fall is creeping up on us? The other day while driving over Gilmer Summit, I noticed some beautiful red and orange vine maple leaves peeking out around their neighbors' still green coats. I look forward to the beautiful colors we are blessed to see each fall. Whether it's the golden birches and oaks or the colorful maples -- they all present a treat for our eyes! Although the Northeastern United States is famous for gorgeous fall leaf colors..but I bet the vibrant shades we witness here in the Northwest rival the leafy show back East.
In the early mornings I've noticed that wonderful aroma that occurs when heavy dew soaks the summer dried grasses and pine needles -- if only I could bottle that fresh smell that delights my nose! I would spray the scent on clothes that have to be dried indoors during the winter as a reminder of the delicious fresh smell sheets have when dried on the clothesline during autumn. Mmmmm!
The early morning air also has that crisp, cooler feel that hints of fall's approach. That must be nature's subtle reminder that we better get after our pre-winter chores. The days are getting shorter, but are still long enough to work outside awhile in the evenings. Besides the calendar...these are just a few of the occurrences that remind us that another wonderful (well...maybe other than the grasshoppers) summer is waning in our area. As the dog days of summer arrive, be sure to appreciate and savor each one. We are fortunate to live in an area where each season offers its own special qualities, and autumn might just be one of the best!
Another indicator of the approach of fall is the arrival of our Klickitat County Fair. Make plans to take in the annual event. Fairs offer a great opportunity to visit with friends; to watch a variety of entertainment to interest just about everyone; and to check out displays of our neighbors' livestock, gardening, homemaking and artistic talents. Also remember to support the 4-H and FFA livestock market sale and BBQ on Saturday following the first of two NPRA rodeo performances to be held over the weekend.
School will resume on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 8 a.m. Be sure to watch for the young people as they walk to and from school or wait for their buses.
We received happy news in the valley recently! Brandon and Shelly (Kuhnhausen) Knopsnyder are expecting their first baby in December. Congratulations to the Knopsnyders on their pending parenthood!
On a sad note, we would like to send condolences to Lenard Rolph's family on the loss of his mother.