412.6 Miles Driven and This is the Best I Got for Foliage!, originally uploaded by Linda Orlomoski.
I spent my last batch of days off driving around New England in search of fall foliage which appears to be somewhat elusive this year. On Thursday and Friday, I logged a good number of miles in New Hampshire and Vermont with my mother and Amanda in tow. On Saturday I picked up my favorite royal resident of Ansonia, Princess Patti, and we ended up traversing northwest through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and even Vermont as we looked both high and low for the beautiful colors of autumn that had eluded us during last year's Fall Foliage Forage Foray.
Well ... it appears that those colors eluded us again this year for Fall Foliage Forage Foray, Take #2 as we managed to only find a handful of trees here or there that were putting on a good show while the vast majority of trees were either still quite green or had leaves that were quite dead. I'm beginning to think my mother may be right in that our weather this year has really put the kaboosh on our usual brilliant fall colors. Meh.
Oh well ... colored leaves or no colored leaves ... the weather was beautiful and the company was grand so even though we didn't exactly find what we were looking for, we had a good time and I even tossed in a history lesson or two for Patti free of charge! She definitely gets the award for being a really good passenger as I drove her over hill and over dale for just about 280 miles.
When I got home I had logged a grand total of 412.6 miles from my driveway back to my driveway and - believe it or not - I only took 101 pictures which is a mere drop in the bucket for me. This shot is one of the best of the batch which I took while we were taking a short detour down a back road in New York to avoid a pretty long traffic jam on Route 7 on our way to Bennington, Vermont.
Once I get another day off on Wednesday I'll have the chance to take a better look at the other pictures I took and try to share a few more with you. In the meantime, I'm just going to hope that Mother Nature is simply being a Late Bloomer this foliage season - something that Patti can definitely relate to!