Fall Season in the Pacific Northwest: My Favorite Time of Year
Well, it’s fall time again. The leaves are turning quickly, the cold weather is coming through, and if you live anywhere near my neck of the woods, the rain is in full effect. It seems like every year the transition from summer to fall season in the Pacific Northwest comes almost instantly. This year, we had a beautiful stretch of warm weather through September and into early October. But almost as if in an instant, the weather changed, the sun was going down quick, and coming up later. I got so used to the bright shining sun traveling with me on my way to work all summer at 6am, I forgot just how long the mornings can be in the fall.
Do I miss summer? Maybe a little. But honestly, fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and the atmosphere. We still get occasionally sunny days here in October, which when paired with the brisk cold mornings and the fog make getting up that much better. I love a good cup of black coffee on a cold fall morning, climbing into the truck for the 30 minute drive to work. The air is cold, the heaters are warm and I’ve got my favorite insulated sweat shirt keeping me warm. Besides this, summer is generally a very hectic month for my family. Combine the vacations, family trips, long work days, the boys being out of school, and the long nights and early mornings, and I’m a little exhausted after just a few weeks of it.
Fall season in the Pacific Northwest however, offers something of a peaceful setting that I look forward to every year. Hunting season is well upon us, which not only creates a great opportunity for me to get out and stretch my legs in a bit of woods walking solitude, but also gives me a chance to play with some of the new gear and toys I have collected over the summer.
This year, I am particularly looking forward to testing some of the new 9mm and 10mm Auto loads I have been working up on my Lee Press. Check out my article on the 9mm, it is one of my favorite rounds that I love building up custom loads for. I have been experimenting with some plinking rounds for both calibers and I can’t wait to get out and see how they do. Soon, I will be incorporating a Chronograph into my toolset so that I can more accurately record my loads. I have been working up a system for recording my data that I will talk about in another post that includes my own custom targets. When I have these prepared, I will not only share my data as I collect it, but will put up some targets to download and print at home. Our fall season in the Pacific Northwest however can be quite wet, so it may take some time to collect the data and get it categorized into a solid database!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I am very excited about the prospects of this fall, and even going into this winter. I hope to get up to the mountains a bit and do some shooting over the next few months. Plus, it’s always fun to trail around in the snow and explore!