Seymour: Colorado’s autumns are underrated (letter)
As September comes to a close and frosty hints of winter begin to appear on my car’s windshield twice a week, Colorado is in its best autumn form. The old joke about Colorado having two seasons, “winter and August” certainly generalizes our state’s potential for cold. But those transition seasons between fluffy powder and high fire danger are not to be discounted.
This past week, I climbed Mt. Elbert on a cloudless day, paddled local rivers through cottonwood yellow, mountain biked amongst aspen gold, and rock climbed to views of changing valley hues. Blue skies and moderate temperatures have replaced the heat and afternoon thunderstorms of summer and given outdoors enthusiasts a comfortable and particularly attractive environment in which to play.
A friend once told me that Colorado is ugliest in the fall, when once snowy peaks are no longer white and the landscape is brown and dry. Whether my friend forgot about the colors that come with autumn or simply doesn’t appreciate the contrast of golden leaves amongst green coniferous trees, I believe Colorado’s fall season deserves a little respect.
The rivers aren’t ice cold reflections of the snow from which they derive. Cooking with coal isn’t banned for fear of burning down forests and towns. And puffy coats and big boots aren’t yet required wardrobe for a basic walk around your neighborhood.
We are all itching for snow, that can usually be said on a year round basis in these parts. But I say, take advantage of this great autumn weather. Savor the reasonable temps, sunny skies, and distinct appearance of the brown, green, and golden mountains around us because before you know it, everything will be white and we’ll be looking forward to August.
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