The end of August has crept up upon us without much warning. School has started, Labor Day is almost here, and leaves are slowly starting to turn. All signs point to the end of fun summer days. But do not despair! Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year if one just knows where to look.
Similar to most things in life, enjoyment of seasons depends on one's perspective. If you approach the inevitable changes in your surroundings with trepidation, it is extremely hard to find enjoyment in any situation. The same goes for the change from summer to fall. Yes, summer was fun and carefree for the most part, but it was also hot, buzzing with insects, and exhausting with all the get-togethers, picnics, and other outdoor activities. When the air starts to cool off, the pesky insects will begin retreating into their winter shelters. As the school starts, children will be demanding less of your daily attention, and that means you will have a bit more time to enjoy your surroundings.
If you are not a homebody and don't enjoy the smells and sounds of canning vegetables and turning fruits into jams, your best bet for fall enjoyment is to head outdoors, be it your own backyard or a larger area where you can observe colors of the turning leaves, listen to the rustling sound under your feet as you walk, and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. If you happen to live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, one such place is the Spearfish Canyon.
Add to the picture gurgling of the creek and swooshing of the waterfalls, and your worries will be taken away in an instant. Yellows mixed with greens, rugged cliffs protruding between the vegetation covered slopes, last of the colorful flowers mixed with first of the ripening rose hips... Beauty of nature is the best medicine for autumn blues.
Spearfish Canyon is a famed destination for fall color enthusiasts in the Black Hills. Every year, scores of people file through the canyon to catch the crisp breezes and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Different types of wildlife, ranging from deer and porcupines to mountain lions are part of the draw as well. True, most often you will observe only chipmunks and different species of birds, but would you really like to encounter a mountain lion while de-stressing in nature? We didn't think so.
Those driving through Spearfish Canyon are usually familiar with Bridal Veil Falls, which seems to be one of the most visited spots in the canyon. However, there is another waterfall as pretty as - if not even prettier than Bridal Veil Falls. This waterfall is a bit of a hidden gem as you have to get off the main road and drive on a dirt road for about half a mile in order to reach it. This bit of a trek is completely worth it as both Roughlock Falls and the surrounding area are stunningly beautiful and offer great opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and four-wheeling, as well as picnic areas for those who prefer to enjoy nature in a more leisurely way.
Whether you are in the Black Hills or elsewhere in the world, there are hidden gems similar to Roughlock Falls that will make your fall calmer, brighter, and more enjoyable. All you have to do is get out of the house and find them, spend some time communing with nature, and you will see those autumn blues melt away like they never even existed.
What interesting spots for fall outings do you have in your area? Feel free to share in the comments.
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