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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Leef Peepers

Written by Antoinette Marie
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It’s time to get out the fuzzy sweaters, hot apple cider and think about carving pumpkins. That’s right, autumn has arrived and it’s here to stay, well until winter comes blowing in but who wants to think about snow at least not yet. As I look my window I can see the hint of leaves changing to warm fall colors, reds, oranges and yellows. The leaves never stay long enough for me to enjoy them and yet I’m grateful I live in the New England states where it gives me  the best seat in the house.


The options for a road trip are unlimited once you reach Connecticut but I say go a little further and cross the Massachusetts line. Here you can travel to Walden Park (yes, the famous one) and get out the camera. Take a drive across Mohawk Trail which leads into Connecticut and New York. Keep traveling and you can find yourself in the Catskills. You will need a map or a GPS. If New York is not where you want to end up you can always keep traveling and go into New Hampshire or Vermont.


In Vermont you’ll be able to find biking or walking tours as you take in the scenery or you can go on a tour of covered bridges. I can’t think of a better time than during the fall months when the beauty will be most spectacular to see both. Keep going north and you’ll end up in Maine. The Arcadia state park is a welcoming sight for leaf peepers. No matter what state you’re in the closer you get to the ocean the longer and later the trees turn allowing you to enjoy their beauty for a few weeks longer than anywhere else.


In fact there really aren’t too many places you can’t go in the New England states to enjoy the fall foliage. While driving along those back roads with your binoculars and cameras, stop by a farm stand or farm and pick your own apples or taste a homemade apple donut. Just like the leaves you won’t want to miss this special memory that only happens once a year.

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