Every October the same phenomenon occurs when leaves of the quaking Aspen glow in various shades of yellow, and the Beech dazzles with golden bronze while the Birch tree’s’ bark’ is as captivating as its leaves of golden-yellow brillance. Probably the most favored trees in the fall for resplendent foliage are Maple and Oak trees. Japanese Maple trees are drenched in bronze, purple and red leaves come October, and then there is the Paper Bark Maple with its bright red leaves, or one of my favorites, the Sugar Maple with its explosion of orange foliage and the silver maple with its shimmering yellow leaves.
Continue reading “FALL: It’s All About Falling Leaves and Festivals”
October ushers in falling leaves, pumpkin patches, cooler nights and possible frost, a sure sign of Autumn, where ‘leaf peeping’ has folks from all over searching for that perfect venue to see green leaves turn to red, yellow, orange and gold.
Continue reading ““Autumn Leaves of Red and Gold” . . .”
Did you think we meant Sparta, Greece? There are a total of 28 towns named Sparta in the U.S., plus one in Canada and two in South America. Although Sparta, Greece would provide the most historic significance, our travels are taking us to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, and to the town of Sparta, North Carolina, about six miles to the famed Blue Ridge … Continue reading PACK YOUR BAGS … IT’S A ROAD TRIP TO SPARTA!
I remember, as a child, the sense of adventure I imagined as I sat looking out the window of the Greyhound bus we travelled on. Although the view was a blur at times it would depend on what vantage point I had and what I fixed my sight on. I just knew somewhere beyond the horizon lay something wonderful to see and experience. Today, I … Continue reading Just Beyond the Horizon . . .