Yesterday, September 22, was the first day of autumn. I didn’t notice, mostly because it was over 90 degrees outside, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to be changing in the immediate future.
Oh, but fall in Sumter! It’s the best time for marshmallow roasting with the kids, solitary hikes up at the Coquina Trail at Poinsett State Park, nights spent downtown at the Opera House or dining al fresco at one of the ever-growing number of restaurants…the list of possibilities goes on.
For the truly brave and hardy soul, Sumter County’s trailhead for the SC Palmetto Trail is located up at Manchester State Forest. The High Hills section is 14 miles long and not for the faint of heart (see http://www.sctrails.net/trails/ALLTRAILS/Palmetto%20Trail/HighHillsSanteePassage.html for more info on that). As for me, I’m more likely to settle for snapping a leash on my new dog and crunching through the leaves at Memorial Park (although given my druthers, I’d leave the dog at home and practice my tree-climbing skills, but I don’t know if the City park staff would appreciate that).
Yeah, it’s still hot as blazes outside during the day. But early in the morning, there’s a crispness and a slight chill to the air that says, “Fall IS coming. It will be here soon.”
Ever since I moved to South Carolina, I’ve heard people say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. It’ll change.” And it usually changes pretty suddenly. One day soon, we’ll all wake up and realize that an extra blanket would feel good, that it’s time to pull out a jacket and pack away the shorts. The historic district will begin to smell of wood smoke from all those ancient chimneys (and the Carolina Backcountry at the Sumter County Museum). It’s a time to be social. And that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing!