As an Oregon native, I recognize fall as the superior season in the Pacific Northwest. It is a very distinctive season, especially in this part of the country. After a long, scorching summer and temperatures in the 80s through mid-October, myself and many on campus have been enjoying the cooler weather and relishing the arrival of the best time of year. The Lewis & Clark campus has long been known for its beauty, and as summer turns to fall, the campus becomes even more beautiful with its autumnal transformation.
Fall is where we begin to see squirrels burying their loot for the winter months, and the few deciduous trees on campus change their leaves to bright oranges and reds. The summer flowers wilt and shrivel from the frost, and you may spot a few glimpses of tiny chipmunks before they are tucked away for winter.
Finally, the ever-famous Oregon rain is back in full force, which has been missing from our lives for many months. It has turned everything on campus into a mud pit, but the cooler weather and cleaner air is a nice trade off now that the rain has cleared the wildfire smoke.
Because this fall was so late in coming, winter is already approaching and the trees are already losing their leaves. It is nice to see beauty of nature before winter sets in and dreariness comes to campus.
There is no doubt about it, fall in Oregon is my favorite time of the year. And seeing the LC campus in full glory has been amazing.