Fall Brings Leaves, Tar, Wind, and Candy

Not So. Ca. leaves.

I’m among those who are shock it’s October (but happy too). From the get-go I knew this was going to be a weird year. I still holdout hope it will end on a good note.

Anywho, I’m still sorting though storage (so much dust) and I’m finding wonderful things I’d forgotten or didn’t know I still had, like my stories from childhood! I’ll share a few bits soon, but today, I’m going to share with you a few special things about sunny Southern California.

Green Leaves

The leaves stay green here. No fall colors in the fall but it’s still sunny and warm. It’s a trade off.

The La Brea Tar Pits

An area that has seeped natural asphalt (tar) for tens of thousands of years. Thousands of ice age animals and plants were trapped and preserved in the tar. There’s a large tar lake with methane bubbling up, an active dig, and a museum with fantastic fossils.

The Santa Ana’s

They’re not like any other wind. They’re warm, dry, and have a special kinetic energy. As kids, we’d run around, let it blow us over, and get crazy. They also brought a lot of damage: blowing over huge cabinets, uprooting trees, and downing power lines. They still have that kinetic energy but now they mess with my sinuses too.

See’s Candy

If you’ve ever had it you’ll understand why this made the list. #TeamBordeaux

For pics of my adventures and storage finds, visit my Instagram page.

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26 Comments

  1. Is that a tarantula?
    We don't see much color here either. Our leaves turn brown in a week and just fall off.

    1. Why yes, it is. I saw several crossing the road while driving through the San Gabriel Mountains.

      1. I'm screaming in my brain! Anything arachnid is anxiety inducing!

        I'm a Brit so we get lots of colour changes through the year, especially Summer into Autumn. But we also get loads of rain and wind and cold temperatures. I moan now, but when I lived in Dubai for four years seasonal changes were the one thing I missed most (other than family, of course!) πŸ™‚

  2. The no leaves changing would be tough for me because this is my time of year. But … the warm sunshine does sound good, when I'm freezing. I can see both sides, for sure. Love your photo collection. Never had the candy but I bet Tim would love it. He's a sweet tooth, for sure. πŸŽƒ

    1. Their dark chocolate is outstanding.

      1. Very cool. If they had 100 percent, I'd give it a BIG GO!

  3. Hi Holly – it looks as though you're having fun as well as sorting … we're getting your left over storms at the moment – not too bad down here … the south coast is quite good – but I love my Cornwall … but little old UK has its attractions. Cheers Hilary

  4. I grew up in Redondo Beach and miss all the green and the beach. I'm in Las Vegas now and we have dirt and cactus. lol

    1. Dirt and cactus have their appeal. πŸ˜€

  5. I've always wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits.

    Your photos reveal a big variety around you.

  6. Flooding. Flooding happens where I live. And 90+ degree weather on October.
    #Houston #hurricaneHarveysurvivor

  7. I had to chuckle at your candy on this list since I was thinking Halloween candy like candy corn or mini-Snickers but See's is SO MUCH better. In Salt Lake there are several local chocolatiers…One is called Rebecca's and it's often where my husband and I will go to buy just one or two of their very delicious chocolates, made on site.

    1. Next time I pass through Salt Lake, I'll have to stop by Rebecca's. — You know to do my due diligence. πŸ˜€

  8. Fall here in north central KY is pretty much like it is in southern NJ where I grew up. Lots of autumn colors with cooler temps and rain from occasional hurricanes or tropical systems. Glad you are doing well in CA!

    1. That sound lovely–except for that last bit. 😳

  9. I definitely relate to all of this. I'm down a little farther south along the Beach and, having lived in both a seasonal location and here…it's always f*cking weird that things never really change out here except for slight temperature differences.

  10. The leaves are changing color all over Michigan and it is beautiful. We're hoping it will last until hubby's parents come up to visit next week and they get to see.

  11. I wish I could watch the forever green leaves sway while eating some See's Candy but instead I'm sitting here hungry while I stare at a bunch of bare trees and piles of leaves that I need to already rake up.

    I want a refund.

    1. Will it make you feel better if I have have two See's candies tomorrow while I watch the leaves. Yes? Done!

  12. Still warm and green in San Antonio, too. I've lived with four seasons before, and it is nice. I love that about the time you get tired of one, it's replaced. But there's a lot to be said for mild winters πŸ™‚

  13. We go from 70 to snow within days this time of year. We also don't have much color since most of our trees are pines. For me, this time of year brings memories of family and Halloween parties.

  14. Not sure there's much special about Boise, ID. The weather is finicky here, and it'll go from 90 to 40 within the same week. We have fry sauce. Is that special? Or is that just weird?

    1. It's cool. What's in fry sauce?

      1. Ooo, I looked it up. One part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise? Tasty.

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