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Enjoy Autumn's Arrival with Some Outdoor Fun

October 2, 2020   |   By Jacqui Monahan

The color of the leaves isn’t the only thing that’s about to change with the onset of fall. Cooler temperatures might call for cozy blankets, warm drinks and spending more time indoors, but there are plenty of fun activities to keep people busy outside in autumn.

Go for a nature walk. We recommend avoiding heavily trafficked trails during the current pandemic.

If you do frequent those paths remember to bring a mask and maintain social distancing.

Or keep the walking local and explore your neighborhood. Nature, history and more abounds in the region. For some inspiration and self-guided walks, check out Laura Foster’s books “Portland City Walks,” “Portland Stair Walks” and “Portland Hill Walks.”

If you need someone to walk with, consider a virtual walk with friends. Get everyone on Zoom, Duo or Facetime and each start walking around their own neighborhood.

Be sure to bring your camera while you’re out and about. Autumnal days provide perfect sunlight for capturing striking outdoor images that will brighten the short winter days to come.

Fall is also an excellent time to visit your local farmers market. Produce is abundant after Oregon’s long summer.

Over the coming weeks, rain will return, but don’t let it deter you from heading outside. Sunshine is great, but there’s something special about a light, misty day.

Another thing to consider when planning fall festivities is family. If you or a loved one has children, it can be difficult to motivate them to spend time outside, especially when most of their engagement will be online this year.

Take them to collect leaves and then make some art with those leaves. Look into pumpkin patches and corn mazes, especially in the weeks before Halloween.

Apple picking also is a good option. You get to bring home the fruit and make a pie.

A family hike or bike ride somewhere new is an opportunity for adventure, and a fall-themed scavenger hunt is a great way to spend a few hours outside.

There is no wrong choice when it comes to fun fall activities, as long as everyone is staying safe and healthy.