I have on a number of occasions stressed the value in getting out in nature as a way to improve our mood and help lift our depression. This is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors. The weather is moderating between the heat of summer and the cold and/or wet of winter in many locations, and nature is ramping up to give us its spectacular annual showing of autumn leaves.
But where to go? Not to worry. A U.S. Forest Service website is up and waiting to help us discover where to find the best fall colors. The site looks kind of like a work in progress at this time, but it includes links to National Forests divided by state, links to webcams for those who may only be able to experience the forests virtually, and a hotline for fall color updates in the United States.
The hotline number is 1-800-354-4595, and the website lists which number you will want to select in the subsequent menu to get to your specific region or state. I tried the number for my region and was told to check back, so maybe it’s a bit early in my area. In general, however, the main menu recording states that fall leaves may change color early this year due to the dry summer.
Another good source of information on what to do outdoors in your area might be the websites for State Park divisions.
It’s a great time of year for getting out. Don’t let it pass you by.