Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Ever since I was little I loved when the leaves would change color and even more when they would all fall off the trees and I would rake them up (or make my dad do it) and jump in them. I have fond memories of the house I grew up in always being decked out for the season with decorative corn, scarecrows, and pumpkins and always smelling delicious. I still love eating apples and drinking hot apple cider (especially now with Bourbon in it). I enjoy pretty much any food involving pumpkins as well as actually carving them. And who doesn't love Halloween and Thanksgiving? So much to enjoy and partake in. That is why we are so excited to do a lot of hiking in the Autumn. On our last trip, the Fahnestock Ramble, you could tell the seasonal transition was barely starting. On Sunday, September 28th we are venturing to Bear Mountain and I am hoping the process will be further along. Either way, the hike should be exciting and beautiful. Mike has hiked all around Bear Mountain State Park but I have actually never done any hiking there. I have however, enjoyed the wonders that are Oktoberfest....beer, Bratwurst and polka after an exerting hike...it doesn't get much better. The atmosphere there is super friendly and fun, everyone is enjoying themselves and it is absolutely worth checking out. However, if you truly want to enjoy a stein of beer at Bear Mountain it will just be impossible if you don't come along and hike with us first....seriously.