green bluff

The flavors, the colors, the weather — the ambiance.  

Fall is my favorite time of year. Despite this year’s odd climate, I would still choose fall over every other season.  

I cannot even begin to fathom why people dislike fall. It’s beautifully melancholic and brings us the best food you could ask for which is, of course, my favorite part.   

Fall flavors like pumpkin and apple are, according to my eyes and ears, a winner in the eye of the public. Even if it’s not your favorite, you cannot deny that Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte is one of the most (if not the most) popular drinks for the massive chain.   

To be clear, I would recommend finding a pumpkin spice latte at a local coffee shop rather than your closest Starbucks, because although it’s sometimes more convenient, I guarantee that there is better (and more ethical) coffee out there for the same price if not cheaper.  

In addition to the classic latte, I would be remiss not to mention the monarch of all fall exclusives — the Costco pumpkin pie.  

If you have somehow lived your life this far without trying this pie, I urge you to find some way to have a slice this season. These pies sell by the hundreds, and for good reason. They’re big enough to feed a small army (or my family of six) and for the price, it’s a quality pie.  

Moving on to the next pumpkin essential, here in Spokane we are so, so incredibly fortunate to have those mouth-watering pumpkin doughnuts from Green Bluff.  

Green Bluff farms are, in my humble opinion, a bit of a hassle. Firstly, you have to figure out how to get there. The farms are about 30 minutes from campus and making that trip is pretty much a day-long commitment. Next, you have to stand around in the cold (although this year you could’ve made it during those weirdly warm autumn days) to wait in lines made up of what seems like the rest of Spokane just to get your doughnuts, coffee, pumpkins, etc.

That being said, if you go with family or friends and you make a day of it, the farms are a whole lot of fun. The food is great, photo ops are to die for and the farms are family-owned businesses, which is something I’ll always advocate for.  

Aside from all the wonderful food fall has to offer, it also brings my favorite weather.  

Everyone knows that it’s easier to be cold than it is to be too hot and if you disagree please stay 100 feet away from me at all times.

When it comes to the weather itself, not only do I love the ambiance of rain and the gloomy cold, but I also love and cherish the sun in the fall. The unique, intensely warm color created by a sunny yet chilly afternoon in October is something straight out of a John Keats poem.  

And with this beautiful cold weather comes easier fashion.  

I’m a huge fan of layers when it comes to fashion. In the summer layers must be abandoned, lest I die of heatstroke. But when it gets cold, my ever-growing collection of sweaters, fuzzy socks and turtlenecks come out to play and I positively thrive.  

Who doesn’t love a good Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson turtleneck and jeans moment?

My final cheesy point to make is that, as a self-proclaimed romantic, I am in awe of fall’s simultaneous nurturing of both life and death. I love that fall can all at once bring us a full harvest and then settle the trees and other plants to rest for the long winter.  

Fall is a uniquely beautiful season with many things to love. Just like everything, it has good and bad, but I think that the positives far outweigh the negatives and I wholeheartedly encourage you to romanticize it to your heart's content.

Emmalee Appel is a digital editor. Follow them on Twitter: @emm_appel

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Emmalee Appel is a junior from Spokane, WA. They are in their first year as a digital media editor and majoring in Journalism at Gonzaga.