These fall months of the year are really a great time. Problem is we tend to spoil them by thinking, "I know what's coming?- snow, cold weather, a long winter." And that's too bad. We should learn to live and enjoy the day and the season!
Fall is usually a time of warm, bright days with low humidity. Cool nights are great for sleeping with a light blanket that graduates to a warmer one when it gets colder. Trees turn all shades of colors with a show that can't be beat anywhere in the country. We just need to stop, take a deep breath, look around and see the beauty that is all around us.
Lots of activities are planned for this time of the year, some of them free and available just for you to enjoy. Many center around harvest time when farmers are busy bringing in the fruits of their spring and summer's hard work.
Tomorrow and Sunday up in southeastern Ashtabula County, you can join their Drive-It-Yourself tour. Except for a small charge at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club show, there is no charge to visit any of the other four stops. Visit the Engine Club on Route 322 east of Wayne Center or Route 193, pick up a map and locate the other four stops.
Then in October the Trumbull County tour will be held, and that will also be an interesting one. These stops will be a bit closer to home for some of you to enjoy. One of the nice things about these tours is the fact that you can visit as many of the farms or businesses as you want, stay as long as you like, see what is most interesting to you, then drive on to the next one.
From an educational standpoint, you have an opportunity to see local agriculture first-hand. Host farms and businesses go out of their way to make you feel at home and to help you understand where your food comes from.
Many folks are several generations removed from the farm and have very little idea what modern farming is like. Highly efficient, productive agriculture is a far cry from the way Grandpa used to produce our food. In fact, if we had to go back to the way Grandpa farmed, and a few think we should, we would not have enough feed all of us.
With fall being harvest time, take a drive most anyplace in the county and enjoy the countryside. You could travel up to the northwestern part and visit the rolling areas of Farmington, Bloomfield, Mespo or the Middlefield area. Stop at one of the many Amish places of business to get some cheese, baked goods, popcorn or a multitude of other locally made items.
Or go the other way to the great grain-growing areas of Gustavas, Kinsman, Vernon and Johnson. Kinsman has some neat stores, and there are a couple of good meat markets in Vernon and Hartford.
Central Trumbull County also offers some interesting scenery including historical areas and homes. These homes can also be seen throughout the county. It's just a matter of getting out there and taking time to see what is in our own backyard.
As I visit with my urban friends, some of them think a trip to Kinsman or Mespo is like going to another country. They have very little idea of where to go, how to get there or maybe have never heard of those towns. Looking around the area and getting to know other people can be interesting and sometimes fascinating.
Don't let me leave out our urban areas, because there are interesting things to do and see in the cities. I'm just more rural-oriented and believe fall is the time to get out and enjoy the country.
Parker grew up in Trumbull County, is retired from The Ohio State University and is an independent writer for the Tribune.