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Worth pausing to appreciate changing seasons

Nothing says fall quite like college football. Well, except for maybe pumpkin flavored anything; that probably trumps the big game.

Now that the calendar has flipped to September, we are within a few weeks of the official start of autumn. But the unofficial beginning was last weekend as college football teams across America kicked off their seasons.

If you ask 1,000 different people what their favorite season is and why, you will get 1,000 different answers. Without a doubt though, fall comes up over and over again for a host of reasons.

Fall in Kentucky is a magical time. The rich greenery becomes a kaleidoscopic mix of oranges, reds and yellows.

We have so many natural resources here in Central Kentucky that allow us to fully experience the season – if we are willing to embrace it.

There really is no need to take a trip to Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia or elsewhere to experience this wonder because you can do that right here at home.

The Kentucky River offers a great getaway and Daniel Boone National Forest offers breath taking natural beauty that is second to none.

Now is a perfect time to visit many of our local farms and markets that produce great naturally sourced products including the aforementioned pumpkin-flavored delicacies. It is an ideal time to enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, sorghum making and much more

Many people will tell you that fall has the best holidays with Halloween to get your scare on, Veterans Day to pay respects to those who paid for our freedoms and Thanksgiving for stuffing ourselves just like the turkey.

And, of course, here in the Bluegrass State football isn’t the only sport that starts to heat up in the fall as Big Blue Nation starts to get excited for an upcoming basketball season in hopes the Wildcats can hang another banner.

Fall is almost here. Hopefully we can all find the time to pause for a minute to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Jessamine Journal and Jessamine Life magazine. He can be reached at (859) 469-6452 or by email at mike.caldwell@jessaminejournal.com.