Back in the day, fall was a season that I hated to start because it meant the end of summer. I’ve realized that fall is the season filled with a lot of the things I enjoy most (thanks to living in New Jersey.) This season brings the cooler sweater weather, outdoor activities surrounded by the colorful changing leaves, and harvest teas to sip on during those chilly days.
Fall 2020 is not what we’re used to, but there are still activities you can do to enjoy the season. Here is the fall 2020 bucket list for adults to try to make the most out of this time.
Scenic hike to see fall foliage
If you live in a state that gets to experience the leaves changing colors, you’re lucky! Not being able to see the green leaves turn to vibrant yellows, oranges or red was one thing I couldn’t get over when I lived in Florida. Now that I’m back in NJ, I make it a habit to hike scenic trails that surround me with the colors of fall.
Carve pumpkins and roast pumpkin seeds
I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed carving a pumpkin. It just felt like a lot of work with a big cleanup. This year, I’m excited because my plan is to make roasted pumpkin seeds while I carve pumpkins with Travis. Having this healthy snack after breaking my wrist will all be worth it.
Volunteer (virtually or socially distanced)
With the current social distancing rules, it may seem like it’s impossible to find an opportunity to volunteer. Research local organizations that interest you to see if they are offering any remote or socially distanced events. For example, there are volunteer projects on Catchafire.org that can be done from the comfort of your home.
Sit by a fire with a hot harvest tea
Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea is heaven. I first tried these teabags at my aunt’s house 4 years ago. Until this year, I was never able to find them because they sell out fast! The cashier even told me she was going to run back there to stock up. This blend has the best flavor of spices that go perfectly with a backyard bonfire. Just imagine wrapping up in a cozy knit sweater, the fire crackling before you, and sipping on a hot cup of tea. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for an adult beverage like pumpkin beer or spiked cider.
Cook up a game-day snack
Whether you’re into football or not, you can still make a fun, healthy snack that suits whatever you’re watching. I’m guilty of always buying apps from the freezer section. Cooking something from scratch can give me anxiety, especially if other people plan on eating it. I’m facing that head-on though as I plan to make a healthy buffalo chicken dip with pita chips.
Shop at a pick your own farm to get ingredients for a crockpot meal
Find a pick your own farm and discover what varieties of produce they have to choose from. The selections will be different depending on where you live so make sure to do your research. Also, I recommend finding a recipe for a crockpot meal before you go. This makes the search easier and the goal more fun as you think of why you’re going to eat!
Write letters of gratitude to loved ones
Fall is when friends and families start to gather for holidays. Many people reflect on what they’re thankful for; however, we often don’t let people know how much they mean to us. That’s why it’s nice to write letters of gratitude to the special people in your life. Remind them why they’re important to you and let them know you care.
Go to drive-in movies
The nearest drive in from me is an hour away. There’s a completely different vibe with a drive-in that is worth making the trip. This is a great social distancing activity because you can stay in your car. Another huge bonus is that I can bring my TJ’s harvest tea to drink alongside the seasonal scary picks. If you don’t have a drive-in theater, you can also set up a backyard movie night with this set!
This fall is different than most, but there are activities to do while staying safe. This fall 2020 bucket list is here to inspire you to try something new or get back into what you love. Most of the time we forget to take a break from our routine and push off what we enjoy. This year, I hope you have fun checking these activities off your list and taking advantage of what fall has to offer!