Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 98

DAKOTA COUNTRY NOTEBOOK People, places, things and events from the northern plains 12 things I love about fall T by Bill Mitzel The transition into fall on the northern plains represents much more than a seasonal change. It’s more of a born again experience, a spiritual reckoning that fills your soul with cheer, revelry, jubilation and above all, gratification for being part of it. There are so many ways to participate in this change. You can be a participant or simply an observer. But if you’re “out there”, you’re offered a yearly opportunity to enjoy a magnificent passage available to relatively few people on the planet. Herewith, a dozen (not all) of the things I love most about fall on the prairie. Breakfast in a small town -- If you’re pheasant hunting, breakfast is acceptable before the hunt, even preferable, because the pace is more leisurely and you enjoy time spent with friends and family before the hunt. If you’re into a waterfowl day, you wait until it’s completed, which is usually around noon, give or take. The thing is, though, breakfast is special anytime of day. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill C-store burrito. No, you’ve got to find a sit-down mom and pop place in small town America where grandma is in the kitchen sweating out the orders while grandpa is pour- Page 98, Dakota Country, October 2016 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com