Seven Reasons October is the Best Month of the Year

7 Reasons Why October is the Best Month EverHere’s the thing: October is the best month, period. You spend all of September impatiently waiting for cooler weather and Instagramming every lone yellowed leaf you come across in anticipation of a proper autumn scene, and then October comes and steps up the game. It’s autumn, folks – for real. The colors are exploding, the heat of summer is finally vanishing, and everything from lattes to beer are flavored with pumpkin.

I could go on for days about how wonderful October is, but here are the seven defining elements that make this month superior to the rest of the year:

Autumn Foliage (and fall road trips)

It’s the most obvious sign that October is here: Every tree in sight is trading in greenery for leaves painted yellow, red, and fiery orange hues. Hikes are impossibly scenic, road trips transform from boring drives to spectacular roadside displays, and the background of every climbing photo becomes more alluring than the actual climb. I adore when the wind stirs trees and causes them to rain leaves down – pure magic.

If there’s ever been a time to hop in your car and drive to North Carolina to cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s now.

Bouldering Season

Bouldering at Three Sisters Park in Colorado - with my favorite fall scarf!With a few notable exceptions (I’m looking at you, Squamish), the summertime renders bouldering nearly impossible – unless you’re into greasy holds, swarms of bugs, and sweltering heat. After obsessively checking the southeastern weather forecasts for weeks, it’s finally here: bouldering season is upon us. The next few months will be prime season for crushing projects, smearing up friction dependent lines, and not having to worry about brushing slimy holds after every attempt. Hang up your harness, and unleash the crash pads!

Pumpkin Flavored Everything

Not everyone jives with the outdoorsy aspects of autumn, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: pumpkin. And even though pumpkin spice lattes have been lurking on the scene since late August, October is when it’s perfectly excusable to add pumpkin to anything edible. Breweries put pumpkin ale on tap, my mom invents crazy things like pumpkin lasagna, and my favorite dessert of all time makes a comeback: pumpkin pie. I even found pumpkin spice flavored marshmallows the other day – and yes, they were delicious.

Craving pumpkin? Check out my homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe!

Campfires

My favorite smell, of all time, is the wafting aroma of burning wood. There is just something so comforting and reminiscent of the south about ‘em – and finally, it’s cool enough in the evenings to set a batch of wood ablaze. The best part about campfires? The way the smell lingers in your jacket for weeks, reminding you of the autumn adventures you just went on. Break out the skewers and bring on the marshmallows!

Niko picking apples in North Carolina.

Apple Picking and Hot Apple Cider

While pumpkin is the reigning circular food of the fall season, apples deserve some love too. Autumn presents the perfect conditions for bundling up in a cozy sweater and toting a basket through charming orchards while loading up on juicy hand-picked fruit. It’s an annual October activity for me, and visits to apple farms always give me an excuse to indulge on fresh apple cider, dried apple rings, and homemade applesauce. Honeycrisps may not be in season anymore, but there’s still a bounty of deliciousness to be reaped from orchards. Many have pumpkin picking too!

Flannels, Scarves, and Cozy Layers

If it’s chilly enough for campfires, you know it’s crisp enough to unearth cold weather clothing from the depths of your closet. I can finally justify the unreasonable collection of knit scarves, oversized beanies, insulated boots, and plaid flannels I’ve kept tucked in the van all year – it’s October, baby! But forget my own appearances, every gal knows the best part of fall fashion is how irresistible a handsome man’s beard looks when it’s bundled up in layers of plaid and cozy jackets.

Onset of the Seasonal Spirit

There is absolutely nothing okay about seeing Christmas decorations starting to go on sale, but October marks the beginning of the holiday season. Folks start decorating their doorsteps (or vans, like my buddy here in Kentucky just did) with haystacks, carved pumpkins, and spooky ghouls for Halloween, then turkeys and stuffed pilgrims come on the scene for Thanksgiving – and before you know it, Santa is coming to town. I’m a huge sucker for the spirit of the holidays, with all the eggnog-induced merriment, family gatherings, and heaps of homemade feasts. I can almost taste my family’s traditional bacon-covered turkey now.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve successfully sparked a need to go munch on some pumpkin marshmallows while wearing my favorite beanie and daydreaming of all my bouldering projects at Rocktown. Carry on, October lovers – this is your month!

 

The Tribe Has Spoken – We Love You, October.

My mood could not be any better today. The sun is shining, the breeze is cool, birds are chirping like today is a fairytale. Across social media sites, everyone is expressing their love for this beautiful start to October. Here is a sampling of what people are all about on this gorgeous Friday –

“Laying on my bed, barefoot, Windows wide open, the first fall breeze filling up my apartment, and a grin on my face from ear to ear. Today is a great day.” – Josh W.

“Today’s too beautiful to waste, I will study when the sun sets. But for now? I’m going to enjoy the weather!” – Michael C.

“I love you October!” – Chelsea W.

“Today’s a prime day for sitting on my porch watching the smoke get carried away by the breeze. Some old school ska jams on and my October is starting off righteous.” – Alex Q.

“First day of October…that means 30 days until Halloween and 31 days until Christmas music dominates KC radio.” – Michelle H.

I love knowing that everyone is in equally high spirits. Not a single complaint to be found today. My Friday is going to be spent between Railroad Square and Florida State University campus; couldn’t ask for a better start to my favorite month. Come down to the Tallahassee Rock Gym during First Fridays, I’ll be giving $5.00 belays all night!

Happy October!

Happy October, everyone! May your month be filled with pumpkin carving, open windows, rock climbing adventures, cinnamon scented candles, falling leaves, and lots of cuddling. October is filled with exciting ventures, and lots of birthdays.

To celebrate the beginning of this stellar month, everyone in Tallahassee should come out to Railroad Square’s First Friday event tonight! There will be heaps of delicious local food, a crazy costume showcase, rock climbing belays for only $5.00 (and I might be belaying you – doesn’t get better than that!), great vintage shops, art galleries and more. Come check it out, and get a refreshing beer from Skyla over at StarSea’s Cafe.

Other October festivities to look forward to:

  1. The Foals playing at Club Downunder on October 6th.
  2. Yeasayer playing on the Green on October 8th – free for everyone!
  3. My birthday potluck on October 9th.
  4. Matt & Kim playing at Club Downunder on October 13th. (Sleeping Spiders featuring my buddy Phil Andre will be opening for them!)
  5. Roadtrip to Chattanooga with Niko October 15-17th.
  6. I’m turning the ripe ‘ole age of 22 on October 16th!
  7. FSU Climbing Club trip to HP40 October 22-24th.
  8. Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity in Washington, DC on October 30th.

I hope everyone gets outside to enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts! Go explore, get lost in the woods somewhere, find a new local eatery and try something you’ve never sampled before. Get out there, and LIVE!

October 2010 – Adventure Month!

Folks, we are only 11 days away from the best month of the year – October. Not only does this fabulous tenth month of the year contain my birthday, this October will be full of adventure. Great bands are playing, climbing adventures shall be plentiful and my birthday weekend will be celebrated with a romantic road-trip to Chattanooga! October is going to be jam-packed with new experiences and exciting ventures.

First in the month, we’ve got awesome bands playing at Florida State University back-to-back. On Wednesday, October 6th, the phenomenal band Foals will be playing at Club Down Under – for free! Then, on Friday the 8th, Yeasayer will be treating our campus to an outdoor performance on the green – also for free, and all ages. Other bands playing in Tallahassee during October include Mae, Matt & Kim and more. (And on November 19th, Iron & Wine will be jamming at the Moon!)

The rest of the month will be filled with road trips. During my birthday weekend in the middle of October, Niko and I are planning a trip up to explore Chattanooga, Tennessee. Niko found a ton of fantastic places that I’m dying to see. I’m really looking forward to Tennessee Aquarium, which currently features an exhibit that combines live jellyfish with the glass-blown art of Dale Chihuly – two of my favorite things. We’re also going to check out bountiful fresh produce and a free rock climbing wall at the outdoor Chattanooga Market. The next weekend, we’re heading to Horse Pens 40 with the FSU Climbing Club for our semester trip. I’ve never climbed at HP40, so I’m looking forward to getting outdoors in a new destination.

In the spirit of exploration and travel, I’ve harvested a handful of WeHeartIt images to arouse the adventurer in everyone. Whether you’re able to pack up and head out towards uncharted territories, or have to find adventure in your nearby backyard – get out there and experience what your surroundings have to offer!



“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”
– Wilfred Peterson