Sunday, October 23, 2011

Annual Fall Foliage Trip

Each year, during the fall, I take a drive to Quabbin Reservoir to take a look at the foliage. The change of season is certainly one of the perks of living in New England as the seasons drastically differ. With all of the crazy weather this year, I wasn't sure what to expect from the foliage. I was tracking the foliage map from Yankee Magazine, but it seemed that their map was behind because the foliage was, I'd guess, a week or so past peak. Several of the trees had dropped all of their leaves, and those that did have leaves were mostly yellow with a few shades of orange thrown in there. There were hardly any leaves of the bright red color. It's a shame I was a week late to check it out, but it's tough to predict and be on top of nature.  I realize me talking about foliage isn't nearly as good as looking at the pics, so click the image below to be taken to the gallery.

Mike's Maze Fun

Mike's Maze in Sunderland, MA is another fun fall weekend trip.  If you haven't already guessed, it's a corn maze that they cut a different design into each year and have games to help you navigate along the maze and win a prize at the end. This year, the maze's theme was Noah Webster.  If you're not familiar with Mr. Webster, he was the founding father of the American English dictionary. As you can imagine, the puzzle contained clues related to the English language, specifically, spelling out 24 original American words Mr. Webster included in his first dictionary in 1806.  I consider myself to be pretty smart, but English was my least favorite subject in school. Odd how I can be so bad at English, and yet still decide to publish a blog at the same time. What can I say, spellcheck is a wonderful thing.  Once in the maze we caught onto the game quickly and had a good time finding each clue.  After we finished, we picked up our small pumpkin and ate at a local pub.  All in all it was another fun fall day with friends.  Click here to be taken to Mike's Maze website and click the image below to be taken to the gallery.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


When do you consider it to be Fall? Do you go by the calendar or have another reference? I personally don't use the official date on the calendar. Instead, I judge it by the weather, foliage, and hunting seasons.  This Saturday, October 15th, opens the Upland season here in Massachusetts, fall Trout is in full swing, and the foliage is starting to turn.  This is the best time of the year! The next 6 months will be full of Trout fishing, hunting, hiking, snow shoeing, camping, foliage viewing, snowboarding, and shoveling the driveway. Doesn't get better than that.