Every year the Chicago Tribune used to publish a cartoon around this time of year entitled, "Injun' Summer" that showed an atumnal moment with burning leaves under a full moon. I always loved that cartoon despite its politically incorrect title and characterizations. Its just that the cartoon made me feel, taste and smell Fall. I have always enjoyed this time of year. Crisp fall air. Cool nights with still warm days. Pumpkins, leaves and, of course, discs. Courses look gorgeous this time of year in the upper midwest.
This week my wife and I escaped for a few hours in the middle of the week. It was great to play hooky. I played 12 holes at Fairfield ( where IOS #6 will be held next week) and we then went to a local forest preserve to walk the path and shoot some pictures. This coming Saturday I will lead a bike ride for my bike club to another local forest preserve where we will see some fall color. On Sunday I will play the Homie Memorial. I can't wait to see what the Red Roc club has done with Lemon Lake since I was last there. They now have three courses in a beautiful park in Cedar Lake, IN. A fourth is planned. After a moment of loudness in Homie's memory we will all go out to our holes. They will serve lunch so all the players stay at the park together. That tournament is always a lot of fun. It should be warm this weekend and who knows how many more warm tournaments there will be until next year. Maybe IOS #6 the following week but not much more.
The shorter days have cut into playing time. I used to get time to play after work. That is impossible now. I can get some putting in if I get right to it. A number of players in DISContinuum have been following the Putting with Confidence program and posting about it on the website. They will have a putting contest at IOS#6. Many have reported putting in the dark lately. I have been doing the same and suspect that is the case for lots of players these days. Pretty soon it will be dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home. I will have to putt under the floodlights in the yard.
I will enjoy this slim period of time when the trees put on a show and its still warm enough to play in shorts. In a few weeks the beautiful hues will have fallen to the ground and it will be colder on the course. Of course the wooded holes will be a little eaiser then.