Sunday, October 8, 2017

Falling for New England: The Berkshires

So happy to be in New England for the foliage season! Not knowing this October would be the hottest on record (just our luck). We spent our first week in the Berkshires, where fall colors were spotty, with pockets of vibrant reds and yellows here and there.

We stayed at a timeshare called The Ponds at Foxhollow. Sitting on a 223 acre estate, the grounds were impressive, with a narrow meandering entrance drive lined with towering pine trees. The original property owner was Westinghouse who later sold to Vanderbilt, and had changed hands several times since. The condos/timeshare were developed in 1977.
Entrance to The Ponds at Foxhollow, Lenox
Meandering drive
Reflection of the timeshare condo
View from our bedroom
A beautiful sunset on our last day
About the only foliage we saw at Foxhollow
Arts and culture abound in the Berkshires, with the Boston Symphony performing at Tanglewood every summer. There are museums (Norman Rockwell, Mass MoCA, to name a few), art galleries, and plenty of shops and restaurants. We had fun exploring the cute small towns of Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington, and hiking to Campbell and Bash Bish Falls. We even did a day trip to Albany, New York's capital (which deserves a blog post by itself).
a reflection from a storefront on main street in nearby Stockbridge

The real McCoy, at over 1500 lbs, at the entrance of the Red Lion Inn

We trust Mother Nature will put on a show, if not now, then later this month. We wait patiently. How are the fall colors in your neck of the woods?

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Friday, September 29, 2017

A walk in the woods at Grundy Lakes State Park, Tracy City,TN

Last Friday was the first day of fall, but the summer heat continued unabated. With Hurricane Maria battering the Caribbean Islands, earthquake in Mexico City, typhoons in Asia and fires across the West, we're fortunate Mother Nature dealt us lingering summer heat (temperature in the mid 80s).

The next morning we awoke to cooler temperatures, so we seized the moment to go for a hike. We continue to discover new trails closer to our marina. This time we found ourselves at Grundy Lakes State Park in Tracy City, about half hour away. The leaves were starting to change colors, and they reflected beautifully in the water. It was a gorgeous day to be outdoors.
Coke oven under the trees

What's your favorite fall hike?
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