Autumn Colors: Leaf Me Out of It
First, the good news: According to the Vermont Department of Marketing and Tourism, the foliage way up north is looking pretty sharp these days. Here's I learned from a press release received on Thursday afternoon: "The color change is accelerating rapidly at the higher elevations along the spine of the Green Mountains, with mid-stage color in the north and brightening colors in central and southern Vermont. The mountains and hillsides of the Northeast Kingdom are making a timely change this year, a pattern that flows down the length of Vermont as spotters report brightening changes at higher elevations."
Now the bad news: I don't care.
Fall is my favorite season by far -- I love the cooler temperatures, pumpkins on the front porch, mums everywhere, etc. Plus it leads into the holiday season, and I'm a sucker for anything Thanksgiving and Christmas. And an even bigger bonus: Lots of places I like to visit (the beach and Florida jump to mind) are pretty empty once the kids head back to school.
And, I have to admit, I love fall foliage. I think it's beautiful -- nature's way of saying "Aren't I pretty? Now rake me up and compost me."
But I've never really been able to understand the patience people exhibit when it comes to foliage in other backyards. Why wait for hours in traffic in the countryside when you can drive along your own street and parts of Montgomery County for some gorgeous displays? Why go to New Hampshire for apple festivals when you can do it out in Loudoun County? Biking under the falling leaves in Upstate New York is nice, but can't you do the same thing out on the Eastern Shore?
And why are so many people willing to pay a premium to see it? I know leaves on a mountainside are lovely, but does that really justify having to pay twice as much for a bed-and-breakfast and being required to stay there for two stinkin' nights?
For those of you who want to know how things are shaping up, check out the U.S. Forest Service Web site, which will tell you everything about those falling leaves.
But before you do that, tell me your thoughts on the matter. Why are other people's leaves so darned enticing? And where do you like to go to stare at 'em?
By John Deiner |
September 24, 2007; 10:05 AM ET
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