Having not only the right gear, but the right attitude can prepare you for the oncoming seasonal transition towards the end of summer...
The late Greta Wrolstad's poem "Fontaine de Vaucluse" speaks of rivers being released into a parched valley. As we exit the dry season, lake areas that were once banks and shallow flats are submerged again.
River systems, shriveled into a series of puddles creating obstacles for anadromous fish to travel upstream to spawn are restored to their natural settings.
Forest fires that have spread smoke miles across surrounding areas unaffected by the flames are subdued by precipitation and replaced with a steamy fog.
It almost seems selfish at this point to mourn the loss of Summer. Fall has prepared us for this transition. As the seasons change in the Pacific Northwest, the lack of vitamin D, also known as the "Sunshine Vitamin," changes our moods along with the weather.
Rain, although a mild irritation, is a necessary element to our environment. Welcoming, rather than lamenting the transition of sunshine into precipitation is merely a matter of changing your perspective. Replacing your resentment with gratitude will change your attitude.