Hello everyone! Thank you for joining me again. Let’s talk about Autumn in Alaska. Now, in this article there are three meanings behind that title. The first meaning is myself, which you already know. My name is Autumn, and I live in Alaska! The second meaning is the title of blog, Autumn in Alaska; which again, you already know. The third is for this specific article, where we will be talking about the beautiful season of autumn in, you guessed it, Alaska! Alaska is approximately 663,000 square miles, and is about one-fifth the size of the entire “lower 48s”. Now that is a term I’m sure most of you haven’t heard. That is what us Alaskans call the continental US, since there are 48 of you down there. Since Alaska is so large our climate changes drastically from the northern, to central and southern Alaska. Where I live is called south-central Alaska. Our autumn, or fall, begins in August and goes until the end of October sometimes even into November. Come August our nights start to get a little cooler, our sun starts to disappear quicker, the rain starts to fall and we know it is coming. The biggest sign for Alaskans that remind us that fall is just around the corner is our Alaska State Fair, which is at the end of August. When the fair is in full swing we can all rest assured that mittens are being worn, hats are on our heads and there is a nip in the air. The trees have started to turn colors and by the end of August they have begun falling. The lush green trees have now turned golden yellow, some have hints of reds and browns. The wind will start to blow a lot this time of year, which will help blow those leaves off the trees and usually into the most unwanted places. Places such as your roof, porch, yard…. Where you will now have to rake it all up. Can’t it just rake itself? Luckily I have a little brother who I can pay $20 to come over and rake my leaves for me, thanks mom! The next best part of fall is Halloween! You are never too old to enjoy Halloween. Every year my husband and I will carve a few pumpkins, and roast up the pumpkin seeds afterwards. It sure is a lot of work but mm, they are tasty! Have you ever tried it? Maybe I’ll have to write a blog with my favorite recipes for home-made roasted pumpkin seeds. You’ll be glad I did! Continuing on about fall in Alaska, it’s also the time of year we notice a little bit more animal activity. You’ll see the birds beginning to migrate, the moose and their calves looking for a good area to spend their winter, though usually the same as the last. My mother-in-law will sprinkle her driveway daily with bird seed and watch the migrating birds flock in and feed. There are hundreds of them! She has been doing this for years and I believe it has become a migratory pattern for the birds, as I put seed out and don’t get a single one. It sure makes me jealous. The moose will usually return with their new calves to the same area they spent the previous winter, so once fall comes we begin to notice their presence much more. Again, my mother-in-laws home has a beautiful custom built pond where the moose will go to drink water. This has become their “migratory pattern”, for lack of better words. Each year is the same, but oh so different. This year for example, I attended an annual fall festival at a local farm where in Palmer, Alaska called the Reindeer Farm. Yes, they have reindeer. They also have elk! Each year at their fall festival they have live music, reindeer feeding, wagon rides, a hay maze and much more. This year while walking through with my co-workers we noticed that one of the elk had small calf, this calf seemed to be a newborn as it was still wet and the mother seemed to be licking off the afterbirth. As we approached the newborn was lying on the ground and then began to rise, his little legs wobbled back and forth as if this was his first time on them. It was the most precious thing! He then immediately went underneath his mom to feed.Since moose, elk, reindeer and well, most all species of wildlife will have their young in the spring, it was very strange to see a newborn calf this time of year. You can see in this photo below the comparison to the young elk born this spring. I hope that the farm takes good care of him through the winter! Here is another great picture of the male elk, known as a bull. I feel lucky to get the chance to experience this lifestyle. As much as I dread losing our sun filled summer nights and the warmth of rays, I can’t describe the feeling of Autumn in Alaska enough. The crisp breeze that kisses your nose and cheeks as you walk outside, that fresh smell in the air. It is simply amazing, and I am lucky to experience it.