Monday, September 14, 2015

Leaf Peeping Road Trips

I went camping this weekend. I left home Friday morning, Set up an old canvas tent in a field with about 40 of my friends. Rain Friday night, Saturday evening and all night Saturday couldn't put a damper on our fun. When I awoke Saturday morning to the sound of an 8am mess call on the bugle the weather had taken a distinctively chilly turn. I wrapped myself up in a wool cape and shuffled out to the fire. Fall was officially in the air. 
I love fall. I love watching the leaves change. I am lucky to live in a place that usually has a pretty wondrous fall leaf peeping season, comparable to our spring Redbud season. I hope each and every one of you take the time this fall to drive slowly down a scenic stretch of America and enjoy the beauty of fall.

The Covered Bridges Byway, Ohio
The nations longest and shortest covered bridges are just 2 of the 18 covered bridges you will trek across on this winding road through Ashtabula County, the heart of Ohio Amish country. Some bridges date back to the 1850's. I cannot think of a better combination than covered bridges and fall foliage. 

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virgina
This 469 miles stretch of breathtaking, jaw dropping views earned this scenic byways a place on this list. This winding road through the Blue Ridge Mountains was built during a very desperate time in this nations history, working on this project were people from the Works Progress Administration, Emergency Relief Administration and 4 Civilian Conservation Corps camps. This project put America back to work. 

The Kanc, New Hampshire
Kancamagus Highway (Route 112)  through the White Mountains will take you through covered bridges, passed water falls, and some of the best fall foliage in the state. A 37 mile trek that is well worth your time. 

Acadia National Park, Maine 
This park is year round fun and beauty. Any time of the year you will find something to do, and the beauty of the area will make you want to come back year after year. Fall is my favorite time of year in Acadia, the vibrant mountainsides come to live with fiery shades of reds and golds. If you are a photographer or painter this area was made for you. The  mountains, an ocean shorelinewoodlands, and lakes that make up Acadia were original home to the Wabanaki people