And The Colors Kept Coming
It was in the autumn of 1978 that I refer to as the Colorful Divorce Tour. I had just gotten divorced from my first wife and I decided to take a couple weeks off and follow the colors through New England and the North Country.
If you plan it right you can do a loop through New England and New York that takes a couple weeks and you will see autumn leaves in their peak co color the entire time.
The first couple nights were spent in Eastern Massachusetts. Then I spent a couple nights in Maine, Booth Bay Harbor and Bangor. From there I spent a night in New Hampshire and then Vermont. Then I crossed Champlain into Plattsburgh for a night and then continued onto Lake Placid. I spent another colorful night in Saranac Lake, and followed it up with one more night in Tupper Lake.
Before hitting the Catskill Mountains, I went Western Massachusetts, but found all the oak trees in the Green and Berkshire Mountains had turned an unattractive rusty color. The Catskills were in full color when I arrived there, where I spent a couple days fishing the Beaverkill River.
I got back to New Jersey on October 19th where I enjoyed color for nearly another two weeks.
It was a once in a life-time experience for me, living with peak autumn color for over a month. The only thing that made the gray overcast winter bearable that year was the fresh memory of all the colors that were still in my mind.