The fall colors in Bend this year have been undeniably gorgeous. The splendor of bright red maple leaves and golden aspen trees against a deep blue sky is a wonder to behold. The beauty of it all surprises me every time. There are more subtle changes with the end of October, too. The two small fawns who frequented North Rim over the summer have suddenly lost all their spots. They are nearly the size of their mother now. There is a crispness to the air, signaling that the first snow of the season can’t be far behind. It’s just about time to bring out the skiis and showshoes and get ready for winter fun!