October 31, 2016 Edit: I’m not going to NJ this year. Sad.
However, I’m headed for Colorado! I will have missed the fall leaves though. Sad.
However, I will enjoy the cooler temperatures and Alpacas. Now there’s a fall trip no one could complain about taking. I’ll be headed out for two weeks to ranch sit at Pleasant Journey Alpacas, so expect to see/have seen lots of pictures! I’m re-visiting this post from last year to keep you busy while I’m away.
Getting ready to head home to NJ for a week. I love to go in October. The heat-humidity of the summer is gone, the cool crisp in the early morning/evenings is arriving, and trees. Need I say more? I found this picture on Gaia Herbs.com. It’s my current wallpaper on my work desktop. Positively breathtaking.
Fall is my favorite time of year. Here in Texas, I’m still wearing shorts to work. Blech! Back on the east coast, and other treed parts of the country, fall has set in, or is transitioning to winter. Anyway I look at it, I see trees, color, and I get to go outdoors again. I cannot wait. I’m thinking hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice lattes, (ok basically pumpkin anything), crinkling leaves under my feet, hikes, hooded sweatshirts, and fires in the fireplace.
If you’re looking for a fall foliage trip, many states offer some type of best drives or great fall colors kind of information on their websites. If you’re going to take a trip, you will need to have a place to stay, eat, shop, etc., and that means tourism dollars, and they capitalize on it. Let’s say you think you want to see some fall colors in Colorado. You would hit Colorado’s website, type in “fall colors” in the search bar and up pops five hundred ninety some articles on fall color optimum viewing. From there you could find lodging, food, entertainment, and more, to fill out a fantastic weekend or week of color viewing. For the last few weeks, Telluride.com has been putting pictures up of the transition from fabulous fall Aspens and other beautiful trees, backed by snow-capped mountains. Here’s one they put on Facebook October 11. I mean really!
I’ve listed some links to some spots across the country that highlight fall vacation color hunting. You might want to head out soon! Happy Fall.
http://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/ Full US map with optimum peak foliage shown
http://www.yankeefoliage.com/ Great website on NE US fall foliage
http://fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov/driving If you’ll be in the Ohio area, this weekend is reported to be the last of the peak season
http://www.colorado.com/articles/fall-drives-5-color-drenched-colorado-scenic-byways 5 driving tours to take in the fall colors in Colorado
If you have some more links and ideas of optimum fall foliage hotspots…please comment in the section below and share with the rest of us.