On Goat Mountain, just north of my childhood home in the Kootenays, there is a small patch of deciduous trees. You wouldn’t be able to spot them on the mountain side during the summer, but starting sometime in September, that patch of mountain turns yellow and then silver as the leaves change and then fall off.
In Vancouver, Fall means giant chestnut trees quickly changing colour and unceremoniously dumping their leaves in the street. Over the next week the leaves quickly decompose, creating a kind of bio-sludge in the streets. Cars spin their tires trying to parallel park on the slightest inclines, and eventually the city sends out their snowplows to scoop up the goo.
Here in the Yukon, Fall happens in full force. Mountainsides turn glorious shades of yellow, orange and red, and every type of ground cover or leafy tree gets in on the action. If you blink, you might miss the whole spectacle, but if you go far enough north, you get all this, plus a bit of snow.
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