Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Foliage, Friends, & Family

This post will be shorter than usual because I've just returned home tonight from my trip Back East for a combination Leaf Peeping tour of New England and visits to old friends and family time in Northern Virginia.


My Colorado friend and I were fortunate to have an entire week of sunny weather and 60 degree temps for our wonderful leaf tour. We landed in Boston and set off through Portsmouth, NH, York, ME, Portland, ME, then into New Hampshire and Vermond (weaving back and forth on scenic roads, then down into the Berkshires in Massachusetts and returned to the New England Seacoast and Portsmouth, NH, and Newburyport before heading back to Boston Logan airport and out of town.

My friend stayed with family in Boston suburbs while I flew to Washington Dulles and Friday Night Lights Football with family! Then I spent the weekend with old friends I grew up with in Arlington, VA, who now live in woodsy Vienna, VA. If it weren't late and I wasn't so sleepy, I'd give more details. But. . .I did post daily accounts of the New England leaf tour on Facebook. So, you can check it out for more details.

Meanwhile, I'm back in Colorado, and even in the pitch black dark of night, I can tell our leaves have turned while I was gone. I can't wait to see how pretty they are. . .when I wake up. Right now, I'm heading to bed. Take care, everyone. I hope your Fall Foliage is equally pretty.

17 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

I have the pleasure of driving a couple hours a day to see clients and this is my favorite time of year to do that. The colors are amazing and I don't mind the grey sky. This is a wonderful season.
Glad your home.

Dru said...

I do love seeing the cornucopia of fall colors among the trees.

Laineshots said...

Welcome home, Maggie - and I am so envious of your leaf-peeping trip through New England! I lived there for years, and I still miss it every autumn. There's just nowhere else quite like it.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Ah, autumn in New England. The land of my roots. (Can you hear the envy?) The only thing better is when the Sox are still playing in October. Not this year. {sigh}

Linda McDonald said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip Maggie. My husband, mom, and I went leaf peeping in New England many years ago. It was so beautiful. Much different than the minimal amount of changing leaves that we get here in Southern California. I'm sure you must have seen some beautiful sights. Something I'd like to see again sometime. Welcome back home.

Heather said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip. Our leaves are just past peak and many of the trees already bare. Sigh...winter is coming all too fast!

Shel said...

The first year I was here in Illinois, I thought the colors were just breathtaking. After all, I came from a place with very few trees, much less was I used to fall color! Maggie's pictures here are simply gorgeous.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya---It was just glorious driving through all the foliage. Luscious.

Dru---I love this time of year, too, Dru. And we're glad to be home, too.

Laineshots---You should definitely plan to take a quick trip back there for a long weekend. Maybe next year. You'd love it.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda---You should go back for a quick visit, too. I just told Laineshots to take a trip next year. It doesn't have to be big. Just a long weekend. Think about it.

Linda McDonald---You know, that's the only thing about a lot of those "perpetually warm places" like Southern CA, Arizona, most of Florida, etc. The vegetation is different, and the temps never get low enough to have the changing color. Those leaves change when the outside temps get low enough to signal the trees to change that sap. I'd miss the colors too much.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---Wow, your leaves are gone already? Boy, it must have gotten pretty chilly at night in Ohio where you are.

Shel---I'm so glad you're enjoying them, Shel. When I saw my neighborhood in the sunshine this morning, I saw all the trees had turned and they are beautiful. Reds, yellows, oranges.

Merry Lu said...

Maggie, your trip sounds wonderful. I have never been to New England, in the fall or anytime of year. Someday...

Meanwhile, your post reminds me that I've not noticed the glorious autumn colors yet this year. I sure hope that's because I haven't been out and about enough to notice, and not because we're having a "dull" year. I'll make a point of finding out tomorrow.

Miki Willa said...

Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp mornings and the smells of autumn. We have been blessed with an unusually beautiful fall with sunny days and beautiful colors. Your trip sounds spectacular.

Aurian said...

Wow, what a glorious colours! Here in Holland the leaves are just starting to show some color, and I really love it.
Last year my friend and I took a car trip through some forest and I took such great pictures! Hard to believe those colors are real.

Maggie Sefton said...

Merry Lu--I hope you get a chance to go Back East sometime. I grew up in Northern VA, and the leaves there are absolutely beautiful, too. Maybe you could schedule a trip to Washington, DC, our Nation's Capital during the Fall. :) Meanwhile, I hope your leaves start soon.

Miki Willa---It was absolutely wonderful, and I'm afraid all those leaves are gone now because as we were leaving town last Friday, the Nor'easter was tearing thru New England.

Auria---You're in Holland? Wonderful. You guys are the reason we Cozy Chicks make sure our posts show up a few minutes after midnight in our time zones. I'm in CO, so my post goes up about 12:02amMT Tuesdays, which is 2:00amET for NY. Let's see, that would make it about six hours later in Holland---8:00am. Is that right?

Merry Lu said...

Maggie, I have been back East, I spent about half of my growing up years in Maryland (and part of my family still lives there). My sister got married 23 years ago this week at an outdoor wedding at the base of the Catoctin Mountains. GLORIOUS!!!

It's New England I'm anxious to see - I haven't been further northeast than New York City and I hear I'm missing out, no matter what the season.

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, Merry Lu, you grew up in my neck of the wooods. Northern VA. Grew up in Arlington. So you know how beautiful it is there. Just 45 min out of WashDC on routhe 50 or route 7 heading west, and you're in horse country. Miles of beautiful trees & forests. And you keep going west into the Shenandoah mountains and the glorious Blue Ridge.

A wedding in the Catoctin Mtns---glorius, indeed. And definitely get into Vermont & New Hampshire at least. Rent car and drive those roads. Theyre small states so you can see a heckuva lot in a long weekend. Enjoy!

Merry Lu said...

Thanks, Maggie, it's on my "dreaming to do SOON" list.

I grew up in Frederick/Carroll counties, so it was dairy country for me rather than horse country. Now I'm back in rural Kansas (where I started out), so it's Herefords, wheat, corn. And the beautiful Flint Hills.