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From the Wasatch Mountains to Nova Scotia, Canada  
By Dian Thomas

As Mother Nature prepares to go into the winter, it is time to get out and save a life.

In Utah, we have this spectacular mix of fall and winter, because the snows came early. At this time of the year, I realize that the beauties of nature change every day. I called a friend and said, “We must take time today to enjoy the journey.” Sometimes, I know in my busy, harried and hectic life, I do not take time to enjoy the real pleasures of life. Today I said, "Halt. It all will wait."

We headed for the hills, where nature wrapped us in a beautiful patchwork quilt of fall colors.

It was truly breathtaking as we drove through the green trees in the valley into Millcreek Canyon, where nature's paintbrush delivered fall colors of beautiful reds, yellows, and orange. It was not long before we came to the tall pines that stand so high, dusted with a light, light coat of snow. Every once in a while, you could spot the trees where leaves had turned with the trees that had been dusted with white snow. A quiet voice went off in my head saying, “I'm sure glad I didn't miss this one.”

Stop today and plan that special drive, walk, or bike ride into nature. It is so easy for the beauties that are all around us to slip away while we find ourselves at home with stacks of paper all around us while we stare at the dull computer screen ? or dishes piled up in the sink that call us to spend our days in a mountain of suds.

As I write this, I am on a plane going to New York to guide a tour of 33 people. Tomorrow in New York City, we will board a ship headed for New England, where fall does not get better. Nothing beats riding a bike through the woods, which I plan to do from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Newport, Rhode Island.

A year ago, I went to Las Vegas, Nevada, to the biggest bike show in the world. There, I was introduced to a little fold-up bike. I literally fold it up and put it into a suitcase.

While I am riding in New England, I plan to discover gems of wisdom, beauties of nature, and the fine delicacies of the shores to share with you as I travel from Halifax and St. John's (in Nova Scotia), to Bar Harbor (Maine), Boston, and on to Newport (Rhode Island).

Not only do fall colors come, but fall food entertains our taste buds. At the top of my list of fall foods are apples. Well, out enjoying the beauties of nature this fall, here are a couple of delicious apple recipes.

Apple Pie on a Stick

This wonderful fix-it-yourself dessert is one of my favorites!

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 dowels or roasting sticks
4 cooking apples*


In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Push the stick or dowel through the top of the apple to the bottom until the apple is secure. Roast the apple 2 to 3 inches above the bed of hot coals and turn frequently. (As the apple cooks, the skin starts to brown and the juice dribbles out.) When the skin is loose, remove the apple from the coals but leave it on the stick. Peel the skin off the apple, being careful not to burn yourself because the apple is very hot.

Roll the apple in the mixture; then return it to roast over the coals (the sugar and cinnamon will form a glaze on the apple). Be careful not to get it so close to the fire that it burns. Remove the apple from the coals and let it cool. Slice thin pieces and eat your “apple pie on a stick.” Again roll in sugar mixture, return to hot coals, slice and eat, and repeat until apple is gone. Serves 4.

*The best cooking apples are Jonathan, Rome or Granny Smith, because the skin peels off easily when heated.

Apple Walking Salad

This is one of my favorites to take on a hike.

2 tablespoons chunky or plain peanut butter
2 tablespoons raisins
1 apple, cored
1 tablespoon lemon juice


In a small bowl, mix peanut butter and raisins. Slice the top off the apple; brush lemon juice onto all cut areas. Spoon mixture into the center and place the top on filled apple. Serves 1.

 

   
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