Piles of Fun
Being outside in the fresh fall air and making piles for my kids to jump in is pure bliss. Every year I try to build the ultimate, monster-sized mound, but my kids can’t seem to wait for me to finish. They dive in as soon as the leaves are knee-high. I don’t mind. Their joy makes the work easy.
This issue is a little like those piles—full of color and fun. The latter starts on page 10 with a story from field editor Mandi
Wood, who writes about racing her brother to the top of
Georgia’s highest peak. It’s a sweet memory that hopefully inspires you to head outside and feel the leaves crunching under your feet. For a more whimsical look at the season, turn to page 50, where Darla Hoff’s straw bale art leads you to farm fields full of cartoon characters.
Foliage is everywhere in this issue. Gorgeous autumn scenery starts with the cover and continues on page 32 in America the Beautiful, which features amazing landscape photos from some of America’s best photographers. On page 40, David Jensen takes you on a journey through the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, where fall transforms the mighty cliffs into a kaleidoscope of color.
We put together this issue hoping to bring you the best of fall— the flavors, the foliage, the holidays and the pumpkins. Here’s your leaf pile. Dive in!
Marija Andric, Editor mar[email protected]try-magazine.com