People told us that we would miss out on fall if we moved to Portland. “Don’t believe those people who say fall is beautiful out there — they’ve just never seen the real thing.” This is a lie. 100%. (Scroll down for pics)
I can safely say that I’ve NEVER experienced a more beautiful fall than I did this year. Ever. And I am getting quite old now as you know.
It is true that the Pacific Northwest does not have the color variation and spectacularness in fall that the midwest or east coast has. In nature, there are mostly some bright yellows, a red here and there, but with an emphasis on green. But that’s outside the city. IN the city, at least in our neighborhood, people seem to spend a good deal of time and energy planting extraordinary lovely things in their yards. I mean, really, really spectacular stuff. And I get to enjoy it. For free and with little to no effort! Just my kind of fun.
With all of the non-natural yet stunning foliage planted all around, sunny skies every day in October, and virtually no wind or rain, the fall here was just the best ever. I have heard rumor that this year was different than other years etc. etc., but as you know, I have been LIED to. They are trying to convince all of you not to move here. And I will say that November will help me back them up because now the rain has started and the cloudy days etc. But no one rakes so now some of the beauty is just beneath my feet instead of above my head. I can deal with that.
We’ll see what I’m thinking come February when I am either in agreement with those who say that the grey will drive you crazy or if I will discover another lie (I hope!).