After a blistering hot summer that extended well into the month of September, temperatures are starting to cool in my little town as autumn is finally rearing its head. Leaves on the trees in the park across the street are beginning to change colors, I can't keep my window open at night unless I want to freeze, and pumpkin-spiced foods have started showing up in bulk at all the bakeries in town. Fall is here and for me, this year, it's kind of a big deal.
I haven't lived anywhere in quite some time that had the type of fall season they get on the east coast. Blame it on living in Southern California and the Bay Area for so long, but for many years, my only experience with trees changing colors came when I popped in my copy of whatever Animal Crossing game I had at the time. That was the only way I could enjoy the season. Revisiting my town around this time of year became a tradition, the perfect excuse for me to get back into the game, and just because I now live in a place where I'll experience the very best -- and worst -- of every season doesn't mean I'm going to give it up.
Unfortunately, the only Animal Crossing game I have access to right now is Pocket Camp on my phone, a game that has somehow escaped deletion even though I haven't opened it in several months. Just five minutes in the app today reminded me of why I stopped playing, but it also highlighted why I kept at it for so very long: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has an astounding collection of decorations.