The changing colors of Provo and the falling leaves remind BYU students that fall is in the air. But the cooling temperatures and the earlier nights also remind students that winter is just around the corner whether they like it or not. Many students who find themselves in such a predicament are planning on completing their fall bucket lists before its too late.
Marie Clarke, a junior studying business management, has mixed feelings about fall.
“My favorite thing about fall is the colorful leaves on campus but I will miss being able to go outside without freezing,” Clarke said.
[easyembed field=”Photogallery”]Among the many fall activities, a hidden gem lays in the city of Santaquin. People who are interested in anything from ice cream sodas and apple cider donuts to hay rides and pumpkin patches will enjoy Rowley’s Red Barn at 900 S. 300 West. Visitors can take a hay ride to a pumpkin patch where they can pick out their own pumpkin.
The Red Barn’s ice cream shop and cooler are also well known to people from miles around are are complemented by a quaint craft store. Diane Jones works for the Red Barn.
“It is just a fun fall activity,” Jones said. “There is just something fun about pumpkins.”
Pumpkins are a favorite for many and definitely earn a spot atop many fall bucket lists. Popular recipes involving pumpkins reign king from the beginning of fall and usually last through Thanksgiving. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and bread from bakeries such as Great Harvest are always a hit. For those who want to be adventurous, dinner in a pumpkin is the perfect fall activity. After hollowing out the inside of a pumpkin, a variety of ingredients are put inside and cooked.
Some bucket lists include eating like a bear before hibernating for the winter but others include more active outings. BYU is surrounded by many colorful hikes for hikers of all skill levels. Mt. Timpanogos is a local favorite. Squaw Peak is more manageable and offers mesmerizing views atop the summit. The Alpine Loop and the Nebo Loop are also popular among students because they are close and fun to do as a group. Devin Young a junior from Peters Township, Pa., said he loves to hike with his fiance because she appreciates nature.
“She loves all the colors,” Young said. “She always loves to hike because she thinks everything looks so beautiful everywhere.”