(By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
I was finally able to carry out the longtime tradition that every Chewelan does come September every year.
I put on a jacket.
Yes! Fall is nigh – we think – and temperatures are now switching from sweltering to shivering. Considering the amount of smoke and rainless days we’ve had, this change in weather patterns is a welcomed sight.
Since it’s still an adjustment, here’s my handy-dandy guide to dealing with Fall in Chewelah…
PICK OUT YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME
We tend to take Halloween a wee bit seriously. Boofest brings all the little ghosts and ghouls out on the Chewelah streets. The local coffee stands ALREADY have pumpkin flavored coffees.
(And anyone that complains about pumpkin drinks should have to sit outside while the rest of us sip our pumpkin lattes and laugh around the fireplace while wearing ugly sweaters.)
Other spooky things in town include trying to turn left on Highway 395, firing up the stove for the first time and spooking all the animals that have built a nest in your chimney and bears. I’m sorry bears are just scary.
We’re in whitetail paradise here folks, but even if you’re not into hunting, there’s plenty of things you can actually hunt for in the county.
1. Old video games since three different shops in Chewelah sell old video games: Crains, Movies & More and Lost But Found. I may have bought them all already though, sorry.
2. Donuts! The awesome lady that sells homemade donuts around town is the best part about Chewelah. They need to put that in a brochure and watch the people stream into town.
3. Parking spots in town on Sunday. I think I’m going to petition the city to make a parking lot for every church in town. It’s becoming Mad Max out there for everyone trying to listen to their favorite preachers. And it’s like parking over the line is in the Ten Commandments or something.
LOOK EAGERLY AT THE 49 DEGREES NORTH FORECAST
Do you ever notice the neighbor thats pumped in the morning after a few inches of snow fall on the ground? Yeah that person is a skier. They’re the people that like the term “snowstorm” and “freezing.” Whackos.
I know they’re an odd bunch, but soon enough we will all be heading up to the hill on 49 Degrees North. Some of us may never leave the watering hole at the resort and actually ski, it’s still the thought that counts.
Anyone want to do this one for me? The last time I went to the Northtown Mall I got a Cinnabon thrown at me by somebody.
COMPLAIN ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS
Hey! It’s like it’s 1997 all over again. What’s next… dial up internet makes a comeback?
COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HUSKIES
Please keep doing this. Nobody likes the University of Washington.
STOCK UP ON THE LONG JOHNS
If you haven’t worn long johns from time to time, you don’t actually live in Washington. You’ll have to turn in your Washington card now and trade it with a “probably moved up from California” card.
GET READY TO RAKE LEAVES
A lot of them. Everywhere. Because remember, we’re a place for all seasons.
STOCK UP ON NORTH FACE AND FLANNEL
You’re not a Chewelan unless you have a North Face vest, a flannel shirt, a Hansen Logging hat (Seriously this one is really required. My dad wore one to a wedding last week), Carhartt pants, work boots and a dirty hoodie if things get really crazy. These are literally the only things you can wear in Chewelah during the fall. I think it’s a city ordinance or something. So bundle up, and enjoy the Fall, fresh air and wood stoves!