- By Brandon Wikman
This is my favorite time of year. The forests across the Midwest have been charmed with splashes of magnificent color. Vibrant reds, awesome oranges, and pretty purples fill the woodland canopy. To me, the only verification of fall is a transformation of colors and the sound of stampeding bucks hounding doe. Now, I am finally convinced.
Fall is a wonderful time of year to experience nature’s one last gasp of fresh air. The wildlife is plentiful and scenic beauty is marvelous. Not too long after this season comes winter, which stains our illuminant landscape pure white. I’ve always relished the moments spent outdoors during this period of time. It’s what I always remember when I think of hunting, fishing, and spending time lavishing in nature. The weather is typically cool and the breeze is always refreshing. The fragrance of our natural environment has never been so inviting. The strong aromas of leaves bursting into decomposition happen to be a true scent of relaxation.
There are few better places to experience the full-fledged fall sensation firsthand than Buena Vista Park, in Alma, Wis. Last weekend I visited the magnificent spectacle. Buena Vista Park overlooks the entire Alma community. Thousands of feet above the Mississippi River, the park towers into the clouds. Once on this hill of destiny, a person can see miles upon miles into the vast land of western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
I sat on the rock ledge for an hour soaking in the view. I spotted boats from afar drifting into the harbor and bicyclists pedaling down the wooded trails. I may have been alone on the cliff, but my heart and soul hasn’t felt anymore comforted.
Sometimes it’s the natural cures in life that mend the wounds of battling everyday life. There are no prescriptions, drugs, or stimulants that will ever give you the feeling that nature does. It is truly a medicine that costs no more than an afternoon adventure.
If you have the chance to spend time outdoors with your friends or family, I’d advise you to do so now. There are no greater memories made in the field and woods than with the people you’ve come to love and respect.