Image 111017_0449.jpg Ripe Pumpkins on the Vine, Nelson County, VA

Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays, but not craving a big bag of free candy like I did when I was a kid has dropped a few notches.  These days I count Thanksgiving as a favorite day for when family and friends get together with good food.  This unofficial "Pumpkin Day" is good for another reason here in the south; fall is finally here to stay.  Look at today, cold and clear, and I am packing up the boat and heading for the Atchafalaya.  The eagles are back and there could be a few alligators catching the sunshine on the bayou banks.