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.
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.
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
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
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
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