July is over! Weatherwise, it was a real stinker.
August can still be quite hot, but in our part of the country, we will soon begin to see the first hints of transition into Autumn.
Very soon now, the days will begin to take longer to reach their peak temperatures, and those temperatures will drop off rapidly after sunset, making for a good night's sleep under open windows.
Those longer, cooler nights will begin to trigger a change in the animals too.
By the end of this month, the fishing on the river should be getting good for the trout, much better on average for the really big ones that often seem to go into nocturnal feeding during the hottest weather.
Some big game hunts are starting, tho taking care of an Elk in 90* temperatures would seem to be a real challenge.
More than that, there is something to be said for the aesthetics of the sport. Myself, I'd rather be skinning one out in 3" of snow!
Hey! Only gonna be two more days after today, and the first NFL preseason games will be played!
Don't care what the outside temperatures are, if there's NFL football on the TV, I know I'm going to be smiling inside. "Yup! It's almost here"
I'll be watching the gravel bars on the river closely now. Last year, the leaf change was starting well before the middle of the month as evidenced by this photo taken in town here the 15th of last August.
The wheat fields are already seeing some of the first combining going on, and all over the area we'll be seeing it in high gear by this coming week.
The air will be full of clouds of the grain chaff, and the fields full of headlights at 3:00 am as the harvest is being brought in.
The potatoes will be coming in hard on the heels of the wheat, and the corn fields will barely be cut before the local Honkers and ducks are visiting the best of those!
Just at four weeks tomorrow, the Eastern Idaho State Fair comes to town.
I will, of course, Bee-line it to the Aberdeen deep fried trout fillet booth. I usually forego the fries in favor of two fillets smothered in their Tartar sauce, a few drops of lemon juice, and a small drink of choice.
That being done, we tour the pavilions, which only slightly change from year to year, but for the photo, crafts, and the Quilting barn (hint, hint
for those who might know somebody interested in that!)
Historically, the Eastern Idaho State fair is also known for the transition from the heat of summer to a cool storm rolling in by the middle to end of Fair week. In 29 years I can only recall twice that it did not do so. Unless it did so beforehand!
Fair week also sees the first of the bird hunts with the opening of dove season, and the mountain grouse season, as well as a Sandhill Crane season.
I will take part in the dove hunt as always, and hopefully all the old hunting group will come together for an opening evening hunt for those, and the later post hunt debriefing, with full cups and a generous selection of tasty delicacies while the sweet, acrid smell of burnt powder is still with us! Some years this yearly tradition is conducted on the patio, but some years the evening chill descends as we pull in to the driveway, and such only serves to quicken discussions about the coming waterfowl hunts whilst driving us into the dining room table where plans are laid and endlessly altered until quite late hours, only to be altered yet again as the duck hunt actually draws near!
Wouldn't change a thing!
The earlier hour of sunset, the first felt chill of early evening, the quickened step of man and beast, the sense of change in the air, all this and many other things grown so familiar. There is much to praise fall for. This is only the start.