You must do this! It is a total bucket list requirement!
Be. A. Leaf. Peeper.
If you are blessed to live in a fall foliage rich area, you witness this phenomenon to some degree simply by opening your window blinds each autumn day. I live in Maryland, and October is one of my favorite months. It is so much more pleasant to make my daily rounds when the view outside my car window is punctuated with bright reds and yellows! But the fact is, often I don’t really “see” it, and as I’m driving from Point A to Point B, I’m certainly not able to thoroughly appreciate the beauty, and forget about taking a picture! My appreciation has admittedly dimmed over the years. When I first moved here from Florida, I was stunned by the fall foliage. Now I notice the bare patches, too. In this area, all the trees frequently seem to turn at different times, so instead of a wall of glorious color, there are many still-green trees and already leafless branches interspersed with patches of autumn glory.
My in-laws are from Oklahoma, but they have an amazing appreciation for a beautiful fall display. They often fly out here and stay with us for a few days, drive into New England, drive back to our house, and then into the Carolinas. Basically, they chase the color up and down the East Coast! This year, we went with them into New England — my first time! Even though our timing was a little late and we missed the peak, it was still amazing! I kept thinking that I have to go back next year! And with a better camera – iPhone pictures from a moving car just can’t do the job!
Do you live in an area of beautiful fall color? If so, do you make a point every year to get out at least one day and truly enjoy this amazing display of God’s handiwork? It’s too late to make this a “Why Not?” for this year, but you can start planning for next fall, especially if you want to visit New England overnight (hotel rooms go early!). Take a look at your calendar and write in some dates. Even if this will be a major trip for your family and you need to plan a year or two in advance, start now — you won’t regret it! “Why Not?” make a point to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of autumn leaf splendor and be a leaf peeper?
There are numerous websites to help you plan your trip. Listed below are some great links to get you started! One more thing to keep in mind: to enjoy the best variety of spectacular color, this will be a driving trip. We drove 1300 miles in five days! While I don’t recommend moving quite that quickly, plan to spend some time in the car!
Yankee Magazine (they even have their own Fall Foliage app!)