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Fall’s Grand Entry

October 2009
Fall’s grand entry

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence
It may be time to grab a jacket before you head outdoors, but you can leave the mosquito spray at home. Fall has made a grand entry in the north woods.

Aspen, birch, maples and sumac still display a cascade of color even as tall grasses carpet the landscape in a thousand shades of earthen tones. Lakes have become sparkling centerpieces for the show even as the geese begin to abandon water and gather in golden fields to stuff themselves on their journey south.

October offers one more chance to go hiking, biking, picnicking or camping. A campfire feels just right at day’s end, and soon the harvest moon will grace the sky at sunset. Hunters walk the woods hoping to flush a grouse and set out decoys at dawn waiting for ducks to settle in. Fishing also can be productive as anglers become scarcer.

For the young and young at heart, Carter’s Red Wagon Farm in Park Rapids celebrates fall with Pumpkin Parties every weekend. September’s warm days gave growers a second chance. Carter’s and other local vendors are still offering fresh produce, including Minnesota orchard apples. It’s also the time to stock up on wild rice from this year’s harvest. There’s nothing like a bowl of steaming wild rice soup to wipe out the chill.

The October calendar is filled with possibilities and activities. If you need help putting together plans for a memorable and affordable visit or if you have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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