Fall is at its peak here in North Dakota. In fact, I think it may have actually skipped the autumnal season with temps only in the mid 40s with a snowflake here and there. Harvest’s been in full swing since end of August. Farmers are currently working on potatoes and corn; next will be sugar beet. By the end of October, harvest season will close, and then we’ll settle in for the winter months.
Living in a farming community, there’s always activity going on all around you. I love the open, rural countryside here as well with the seemingly endless dirt roads to walk and explore. My house (a small farmstead of 14 acres) is literally surrounded by farming fields. This year, the east, south and west fields grew wheat; while the northeast/northwest fields had potatoes. Farmers just completed harvesting the potatoes earlier this week which meant we could go hunting!
Not for animals, but for potatoes (left behind).
My son and I each grabbed a bucket and headed out to the northeast field and walked the many rows mining for undamaged potatoes. We ended up filling those buckets. Potatoes will be our meal staple for the next several months.
September. One of my favorite months of the year.
A local town have put up a huge corn maze at its recreational park which we plan to check out over the weekend. While there, I might even pick up a few pumpkins to carve.
Football. I love football whether it’s high school, college or professional. Another reason to love September. My son plays the six-man style football at his school (he’s a sophomore), and has a game tomorrow afternoon. And it’s Homecoming to boot.
All of these are therapy for the soul. Especially for mine.