There is nothing I like better than Fall! Something in my heart just longs for it and its something you don't see much of in Phoenix. So we drove up to Oak Creek yesterday in the hopes of to seeing a few Fall leaves. It was a little early though for Arizona's Fall to start so everything was still green. Yet, there was a crispness in the air that made it feel like Fall was coming and allowed us to sit with our jackets on and sip hot coffee and chai by the river. The locals told us if we would come back in three weeks we would more than likely see the colors starting...OK! We did, however, find a great little place to eat and enjoy the weather (that Rem will review for you in the next post) and that, along with the beauty of God's "art of nature," made the trip very nice even without Fall leaves.
On the other hand, as you can see in the photos we took in Telluride two weeks ago (all the photos in this post are from Telluride) Fall has already started in Colorado! I love Fall leaves and our nine year old loves piggy back rides (he's getting a little heavy but I need the exercise), so we took a 3/4 mile hike to the gondola in Telluride and saw lots of color starting! Which made the piggyback ride well worth it for the both of us:)
The enclosed gondola in Telluride is free and well worth the hike (which runs alongside a river) from the public parking lot to get to it. You get a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding mountains as well as a cozy glassed-in compartment to safely view it all from. The gondolas also connect you to the other half of Telluride, called Mountain Village, that is on the other side of the mountain. There are lots of overpriced shops and eateries there so you might want to bring a sandwich or two. But we did find a little place that serves soups, salads and sandwiches at not too bad a price and the shops are nice to look at even if you're not Mr. Moneybags. But we didn't go to shop, we went to take the gondolas and fill our weary urban eyes and souls with a foretaste of the beauty they long for which sometimes is only found in rocks and trees and rivers and grass...I wounder if heaven will have four seasons...or more?