How to Make the Most of Fall

How to Make the Most of Fall

Zion's National Park
Zion’s National Park

Nothing fills the senses quite like the smells and colors of autumn…Fall is the most sensual season, from the sweet taste of apple pie, to the crunch of leaves underfoot, to the rich smell of wood smoke. 

In Utah, we have the opportunity to take advantage of the autumn colors during UEA/Fall Break. Our family usually heads to Southern Utah to soak up some last minute sun before the winter season. The leaves are just starting to change colors.

Leaf Peeping

People who travel to the countryside in the Eastern states to see the changing leaves are called “leaf peepers”. One of my favorite autumn nature hikes for children of all ages is the Middle Fork Taylor Creek along the Zion’s Kolob Canyon just outside of Cedar City. It provides all the leaf peeping pleasures and all the national park beauty rolled into one.

The hike leads to a beautiful red rock double arch alcove at the end. But the best part about this hike is that it’s lovely from start to finish. You may lengthen or shorten it as your family requires. The total hike is 8 miles start to finish.

 

Zion's National Park
Zion’s National Park

Make a Craft
Hiking through the colorful foliage is only part of the fun. During the hike, we take time to collect leaves, sticks and rocks along the way in brown paper sacks. Then we make leaf collages at home.

Make it Educational
We talk about the geography of the country by showing online where the best leaf peeping in the country is (go to yankeefoliage.com).  You can also talk to them about the importance of trees and how they take in carbon dioxide and how the leaves turn colors http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/f/fallleafcolor.htm

You can make this hike and activities an entire day or you can dedicate a week to the autumn theme. Either way, make sure to revel in the sensual fall experience and leaf peep, smell the aromas, feel the wind blow and hear the leaves crunch.

Simple Fall Recipe: Apple Pie

Adventure
Fall Break

 

CRUST
Mix in glass pie pan the following:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons cold milk
Pres out crust into pie pan

 

FILLING
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
7 or 8 apples
Mix and stack up high on top of crust

TOPPING
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
Mash into pate and place acroos top of apples

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until topping browns

 

 

Zion's National Park
Zion’s National Park



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I live with my twin girls and husband at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer I like to run, hike, and camp. In the winter I like to snow shoe, cross country ski and cozy up to a stack of novels. My family delights me with their love, humor, and desire to go on outdoor adventures with me from catching butterflies to dipping toes in rivers, to making s'mores up the canyon. I earned a Master of Professional Communication at Westminster College and was marketing manager for the Utah Symphony & Opera Deer Valley Music Festival and Program Director at Brighton Girls Camp. Both opportunities fueled my love for the outdoors.

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