Monday seemed like a good day to go out and do what so many tourists come here for--ride around and look at the fall foliage. Next weekend will be the "big" one what with the Columbus Day holiday, arts and crafts festivals, cider festivals, country hay rides, and all manner of events planned. We will avoid being on the roads next weekend so we went out today.
We took a long loop through the mountains. It was a pleasant ride, but the color seemed a bit off this year--not as vibrant and awe inspiring as it sometimes can be. Maybe it was the summer heat, the dry spell through July, or the deluge of rain in the past couple of weeks. It seems like I was reading in the paper a few days ago that those who predict such things were saying the summer weather would have the effect of blunting the fall color OR it would be more spectacular than ever. No going out a limb there.
We stopped and had a nice lunch at a lodge near the Jay Peak Ski Resort. It would have been perfect had they had a fire roaring in the fireplace--just for the atmosphere. It wasn't really cold enough for a fire.