It’s fall, y’all! The first round of cold fronts always gets me giddy. One of my favorite things is when a cold front blows through in the middle of the night, and you wake up with the house much cooler and the air a bit drier. I love to quickly grab my coffee and then rush to the door, open it up, and let that cool crisp breeze hit my face! Ahhhhh… It’s magical. You see, I am a Texas girl, born and raised in this wonderful gigantic state, but I have NEVER liked the intense heat. I wish for massive snowfall every year! The hot summers of Texas are why my family and I have always tried to get away every summer to Colorado, where our thirst for outdoor activity during the summer,without dying of heat exhaustion, can be quenched. It’s an opportunity to ride a bike without it feeling like a hair dryer is blowing in your face. Perhaps my disdain for the summer heat is exactly why the cold fronts affect my whole persona when they start to roll in. I suddenly feel more ALIVE than ever! Am I sounding too dramatic? Maybe.
For all of my fellow Texans who also love the change and cooling of the seasons, I say, “YAY! We have made it into fall once again!” Especially for those of you who enjoy outdoor activity,this is your time! It’s amazing to me, on any given fall weekend, to see the hundreds of people out on our wonderful Trinity Trails, renting bikes, running, walking, or hanging out at the playground. This city LOVES a beautiful fall day! Fort Worth provides so many accessible outdoor opportunities, so there’s something for everyone. Need some ideas? I’ve compiled a few for you!
https://fortworth.bcycle.com : Bike Sharing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, and there are so many locations to choose from!
http://www.fwbg.org : enjoy the beauty of seasonal blooms!
www.fwnaturecenter.org : Fort Worth Nature Center and Wildlife refuge is a great place for hiking and observing the changing leaves this time of year.
http://trinitytrails.org : Running, walking, biking, roller skating…you can do it here!
http://www.fpmt.us : Forest Park Miniature Railroad (pack a picnic and enjoy!)
Hope this list will get you outside and enjoying the changing of the seasons, good times with friends and family, and a chance to experience some of the wonderful outdoor opportunities right outside your front door. And if the weather gets ugly and you need to move, I’ll see you in my spin class. (I couldn’t resist!)
Blessing and Health!
Jennifer Kieta is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She graduated from Texas Tech University and has lived in Fort Worth since 1996. Jennifer worked as a Child Life Specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center for 9 years before becoming a full-time mommy to her two daughters. She currently serves as a worship leader alongside her husband at Christ Chapel Bible Church. In the fall of 2014, Jennifer started training and soon became a spin instructor for Zyn22, a boutique spin studio here in Fort Worth. Her love of and belief in taking care of your mind, soul, and body has always been a priority, and she looks forward to sharing that love with her community!