As summer’s heat gives way to fall’s cool crisp air I begin to feel myself rejuvenate. While most people mourn the passing of summer, I can hardly wait for summer to be over and Mother Nature to usher in the grandeur that is autumn. There are many things I love about fall, not the least being that it’s prime harvest time for many wonderful foods, including practically everyone’s favorite - apples. Thankfully, our family lives in one of the biggest apple producing states in the nation, so there’s no shortage of varieties to choose from when it comes to apple picking time. We recently enjoyed attending our state’s Cider Week and are planning on taking in a neighboring state’s fall Fruit Loop, where we will follow a 35 mile route through orchards, farmlands, forests, and rural communities. The East Coast can rave all they want about their fall foliage, but quite frankly autumn in the Pacific Northwest is about as close to perfection as one can get.