How To Tell The Change Of Seasons In Land Of The Endless Summer
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Travel Blogger
I know that not because of any change in the weather – it’s still sunny and 75 degrees every day – or any real change in activity, but because the sun sets too early.
In fact, a few days before fall’s official beginning, we reached a somewhat monumental sunset milestone, and that was the sun setting before 7 p.m.
And if you ask me, that’s just too danged early.
This makes us realize that summer is over, that a new season has arrived and once Daylight Savings Time ends around Halloween we’re not that far off from the dreaded days of winter when the sun actually sets before 5 p.m.
And that’s tough.
There are other signs that it’s fall in Southern California.
The beaches are not as crowded as in the summer. During the week, at least. On the weekend there’s hardly a noticeable difference. The water is cooler, too; in fact, you don’t want to plunge into the Pacific Ocean without a wetsuit.
There are not nearly as many events. Here in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach there are beach volleyball tournaments of some kind every single weekend in the summer. Those don’t take place in the fall.
There are also not the abundance of free music festivals and concerts in the fall as in the summer.
On Saturdays and Sundays, you see people wearing football jerseys from their college alumni school or hometown NFL team. Southern California is a hotbed of transplants and people gather at designated sports bars each week to cheer on their school or team.
One thing we don’t have in the fall is the changing leaves (what, on palm trees!?) gusty winds blowing leaves around football stadiums and yards in which we just raked, and snowflakes falling from the sky, foretelling the harshness of winter about to arrive on doorsteps.
So I guess we’ll just have to suck it up and accept these too-early sunsets.