Every year, around this time, it is easy to see and feel that the season is changing. Even though it is not technically autumn, the trees and weather say otherwise. Depending on what part of the country you are in, the scenery may even be a tourist destination for many. Mid to late September is the ideal time to view the leaves changing color. If you are lucky, you may even walk under a shower of leaves as they fall. This can be an exciting time of year. The weather may also be warm enough to spend a lot of it outside enjoying nature, or chilly enough to snuggle up inside with friends or family. Here is a list of great things to consider doing this time of year.

1. Taking a nature walk. This can be done with the kids, done as a romantic stroll with your partner, or done by yourself. Whichever way you choose, this can be a great way to relax and blow off steam. The leaves are changing, they crunch as you walk on them, the deer are out, and the smell of fall is everywhere. Get outside. If you don't live in a particularly woodsy area, contact your local DNR or look up your parks and recreation website to find some of the best places and trails you can got to enjoy this.

2. Collect leaves. This is a great way to make a scrap book of sorts. Each tree has a slightly different color of leaf. If they are not too dry, you can press the leaves in book and then glue them onto a scrapbook page. This is actually a great activity for kids to do.

3. On a cold rainy day, stay inside and bake something. It is so easy and if you bake something sweet, it fills the house with the warmth of food while the outside is cold and rainy. Not only that, but whatever you are baking, you get to enjoy when it is done!

4. Go on a hay ride. This is so much fun! It just screams fall time.

5. Go to a bonfire party. Around this time of year, people want to gather around a big warm fire. This is a great excuse to get some of your closest friends and family together.

6. Have apple cider. Is there an explanation needed? Hello - Apple cider.

7. Throw and end-of-summer pig roast. Not for the vegetarians out there. This could even be done with a bonfire party. Supply the pig and have everyone else bring a dish. Sit back, relax, and be merry.

8. Decorate for fall. If you have kids, use cut outs of leaves on white paper and have the kids color them. Tape them up around the house and on the windows. You can even buy decorations, but it's not as fun.

9. Another good cold rainy day idea is to light a scented candle that is a pumpkin, apple, or cinnamon scent and read a good book.

10. Bake an apple pie or pumpkin pie from scratch. If you have never done this before, then you will learn a new skill and have fun doing it too. Not to mention, your house will smell amazing and very fall-like.