Fall has arrived in Marin.
Fall in Marin may not be like the frigid Colorado snows, or the vibrant Vermont foliage, but it is fall for us Californians nonetheless.
What is fall in Marin? It is marked by a slight chill in the air which is complemented by the warm sun. It is a remarkable combination, a brisk wind and a balmy cloudless day. The views are so spectacularly clear, you feel like you can cut the definition with a knife. The bay is aquamarine and the trees are evergreen. The air still lingers with a damp, pine and eucalyptus essence. Everything about it makes you crave pumpkin spice and warm vanilla sugar. And then there is the wind. The wind makes you want to take up a slower, more relaxed sport. A sport that doesn’t tend towards high wind resistance. A sport that doesn’t require you to break the speed and wind barrier thus creating the wind chill factor of a descent. A sport where you feel the warm sun, and not the cold breeze. Speed walking anyone? No, I tried that and it just looks silly. I will stick to the cycling thing, but maybe drink a chai latte after my ride just to inhale the fall spirit.