I know it is hard to believe that those carefully packed sweaters will soon be needed but, it is during this time of the cooler temperatures, as winter approaches, that we are blessed to be guests at Mother Nature's art exhibition. With so many things to do this time of the year it is easy to forget to take a moment to admire the last breathtaking notes Mother Nature has chosen to place near the end of her yearly symphony. Whether you are coming to visit a student or cheer on the rowers during the Head of the Charles Regatta, remember to take a few pictures of the colors exploding along the riverbank.
It is easy to see why October is the busy month for hotels in the greater Boston area. Several colleges host parent weekends this month in addition to the 300,000+ people flocking to witness the largest annual rowing event in the world (Head of the Charles Regatta), and then add fact that October is now the most popular month of the year for weddings it is no wonder that available hotel rooms can be as rare around here as a parking space in Harvard Square.
I do feel that this time of the year should come with a warning--the Canada Geese are out in full force. And, yes, Canada geese is becoming the preferred term. Apparently, because they cross international lines and they don't carry passports, they are not technically Canadian Geese after all, but dual citizenship geese.
As they are moving south over the city, these large birds can be awe inspiring. The V formation crossing a flawless blue sky is one of those iconic imagines of in New England. However, when they are on the ground, I believe that these particular visitors should have to wear a warning label. While enjoying a breathtakingly beautiful Fall day on Boston Common last year, I had a particularly large goose attempt to climb on my lap and take a sandwich right out of my hand! Lesson learned: guard your picnics carefully this time of year.
My advice for visitors to Cambridge in October: beware of hungry geese and random bouquet tosses. And, bring a jacket, it's starting to get chilly at night.