As a kid, I didn’t really enjoy fall. Maybe the end of summer and entrance into the confines of school tainted the season for me. As an adult, I love this time of year more and more. Here are a few reasons to enjoy autumn in Albuquerque.
1. Roasted Green Chili in the Air: There’s really no way to explain the aromatic smell of green chilies being roasted. The first year we lived here, I didn’t understand the long lines outside of the grocery store. But now, the fragrance in the air seems to be the most obvious indicator that fall has arrived.
2. The Weather: In the morning, the air may be ‘fresh’ like the kids say (a literal translation from the Spanish word “fresca”), but by noon, it’s warm enough to warrant the swamp cooler. Just when you think it’s too hot, the sun slips beyond the horizon, and the night air cools everything down.
3. Choose Your Own Football Team: Because there’s no Pro team in the state, you can root for whomever you want and not get a sideways glance. Raider-haters and Bronco-bashers may be next-door neighbors. Cowboy fans mingle with Cheese-head wearing Packers enthusiasts. It’s almost a utopian society—something we could aim for in all of our interactions with other people, except that it’s just football.
4. Color Change on the Bosque: It’s not the northeast by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, the colorful parade on the Bosque confirms that summer days are behind us.
5. Balloon Fiesta: The multi-colored ink spots have already begun to brighten the morning sky. The boys love to watch the “globos” drift over the houses to the south. I’m not quite ready to take the boys to the Balloon Glow for fear I’d lose them. (At night during the Fiesta, the balloons are tethered, and the pilots fire their burners at the same time. The “all glows” light up all the balloons at once—it’s a pretty spectacular sigh!) In a couple years, we’ll have to make the journey to the Balloon Fiesta Park.
What do you love about fall where you live?