The other day I decided to go for a jog/brisk walk through the new neighborhood. Running is relaxing for me, especially when you have the beautiful scenery of some of the amazing old homes that compose much of the North Fargo. I was mid run, gawking at the stained-glass windows and beautiful landscaping, when I heard a crunch. I looked down and sheer panic shot through my entire body. It stopped me in my tracks. Where did this earth shattering noise come from you ask? Was it an animal or insect? Was it my trusty ipod that dropped out of my pocket? No, much worse. The source of the crunching came from the brown leaves scattering the sidewalk all around me.
Why is this such a horrible thing you may ask. Well, leaves falling from the trees means Fall is just around the corner. If the leaves weren’t proof enough, I can’t ignore the cooler temperatures in the evenings and early mornings and the sun setting earlier in the day. While Fall is my favorite season, it comes with a nagging reminder that true evil is creeping closer and closer: Winter in North Dakota.
If you still aren’t convinced that Fall is in the air, since yes, it has been 80 degrees and sunny outside the past few days, do the math. This week marks two months until Halloween, and I remember Halloween last year- a Tinker Bell costume does not offer
much insulation to 20 degree temperatures. This means in two months, the temperature will most likely drop by 60 degrees and there could potentially be snow on the ground.
While I love most aspects of North Dakota, I still have not adjusted to the horror that is a winter here. Freezing temperatures, stinging wind, slippery roads, and not a glimpse of green grass for five or six months. Yes, Fall is a beautiful season, but with a gust of wind, all the leaves are gone and Jack Frost is in full force.
Time to unpack the sweaters and put away the shorts and enjoy the last few days where I can walk outside without arming myself with an ice scraper and scarves wrapped up to my eyes.