Saying Goodbye to Summer with a Fall Bucket List
I may be in the minority here, but summer is my least favorite season. The heat, the humidity—even as I get older, I’d always rather bundle up in winter than sweat through summer. And somehow, most of the most difficult moments of my life have happened in the summer season.
But as I’ve been on an academic calendar since age four, summer to me has also always signified vacation and going home, and for those two reasons, I can appreciate it. This summer was a monumental ‘going home’ as I celebrated the most special group of kids and their graduation from high school and spent extended time with my family during my dad’s recovery post-op and early cancer diagnosis. And from there, it was a whirlwind of travel and friends and work until now, the official start of my favorite season, fall.
I think I have to be a spring, but fall has always been my favorite season. I love when the air turns crisp but the colors warm up. Hot beverages to sip, cozy clothing and blankets to snuggle in, and a dessert or two a day. Getting excited about my birthday and the best holidays of the year.
I have a feeling this last quarter of 2019 is going to end what has been a trying year on a strong note and set us up for the best start of a year in 2020. Mostly because I have an ambitious fall bucket list that I am ready to charge through! Here’s the plan:
1. follow the flowers to a festival with my aunt and uncle (done as of yesterday!)
2. shoot an engagement session for friends
3. view the rooftops on the hills of Haebangchon, one of our favorite neighborhoods that we’ve yet to dedicate a post to
4. sit at a picnic table for giants in Seoul Forest
5. chase windmills, not waterfalls
6. visit an abandoned railway station
7. revisit the art village
8. cross a suspension bridge on a foggy day
9. leaf peep from an observatory above the palaces
10. hike a mountain or two (Buramsan and Seoraksan, specifically)
1. (finally) see the Garden of Morning Calm
2. sip tea at a couple interestingly-shaped cafes
3. count sheep at a few farms
4. travel to Petite France, layover on an island, and ride a rail bike
5. follow up on some exciting plans (eep!)
6. visit an abandoned amusement park
7. see more of the spectacular UNESCO and traditional Korean sites
8. chat with the Ents in Damyang
9. say goodbye to an old favorite
10. finalize our big winter travel plans!
PS: These photos were shot outside the LaBranche House in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. See more snapshots of my summer in the south here.