Fall is always an exciting time for me. It's full of adventure, busy schedules, gatherings of both friends and family and daylight savings time. This season allows you the opportunity to participate in the traditions of the past while creating new traditions at the same time. This past weekend, I ventured through the vast countryside of Marin County to Nicasio, a small town 11 miles from Point Reyes Station on search for the perfect pumpkin. We arrived upon a large area dedicated to squash, hay rides, Cinderella style pumpkins, smiling children and a big blue sky all set on a full functioning farm. It is always such fun to visit a good pumpkin patch, as it reminds me childhood field trips taking a yellow school bus to the local patch. It reminds me of every Halloween I've ever had, what I've dressed up as, friends I've spent autumn evenings with and how my style of decorating pumpkins has changed over the years. From carving them, to baking pumpkin seeds, making pie and to recently painting my pumpkins with simplistic designs of black and gold. The drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Nicasio was magical along rolling hills and through huge redwoods that seemingly touch the sky as splintered sunlight warms my skin. Everything about this region of California symbolizes my past and future, where I've been and what I've yet to see. I hope you embrace this time and all the opportunities this season offers. Because once it's gone, the winter winds shall arrive.