Tuesday, October 22, 2019

This Year's Leaf Peeping Day

First things first: On my last post, I enjoyed meeting some new-to-me bloggers. It's good to know that you are out there! 

Why I decided to comment on each comment is anybody's guess because I rarely do that. Some bloggers respond to every single comment they receive. Wow! That's a commitment. Alas, some bloggers even get offended by comments made on comments. Let's just say that I am going back to rare comments on comments. You can't depend on me for anything! That's not quite true, I do try to visit your blog. So thank you for commenting. It's my currency on this here blog and I love and appreciate you for it. 

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My daughter Laurel has been taking me on annual leaf-peeping days for some years now. This year, I thought we would miss out because Laurel had a cold during peak week and was trying to stay away from me to protect me. The weather was not cooperative. Stuff. So it was a surprise when she called Sunday to say that she would be picking me up and off we would go. Yay!

There will be fewer comments going forward on this picture dense post.


Lunch out at Dockside first! (The canoes were delicious. ッ)





A Close-up of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire...snow capped...

Mrs. T will recognize this place


Wonderful rock wall in the forest...

Driving Range looking toward the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Over hill 

And dale

Colbath Road that I first read as "Cold Bath" Road, which didn't sound too appealing

Love a red barn

Somewhere in Casco



This property is one that Laurel seriously considered purchasing when she was looking for a place to build a home. I was slightly in shock because it is an incredibly beautiful property. She went on to explain that it is high on a ridge, on a dirt road, way out in the country and far from her workplace. She decided to let it go. Sigh. 

Fun story: As Laurel and I stood there taking photo after photo, a gentleman drove up in a big black van and said that photos were charged $5 each and that there was a little box in front of his home just next door where we could place our dollars. I asked him if he owned this piece of property and he said that he did not, but that he collected the monies for the owners. Ha! By then, he was grinning so big that I knew that he was kidding. He sure has an amazing view as well, but as his home was sitting in front of said view, it was concealed from ours. 

He and Laurel had a conversation  about how she had seriously considered this piece of property. He said that a young couple purchased it a year ago and were literally "sitting on it" waiting for enough money to build their dream home. That was what Laurel would have had to do so the choice she made to live down in the valley closer to her employment turned out to be a wise one. She is content.






Laurel's Panoramic Photo of the One that She let Go... Click to Enlarge

Another View of Mt. Washington from Otisfield

The Farm Across the Street




Lots of

 Ins and Outs


The day ended with a cup of mint cappuccino  from Aroma Joe's...ahhhh...


Hope that you enjoyed these photos of waning autumn in Southwestern Maine. 

Your turn!





37 comments:

  1. Up early with coffee...made me miss Maine..nothing more beautiful and what a lovely way to spend the day....thank you for sharing!

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  2. Indeed, I so enjoyed your autumn views, Vee, the best medicine ever! We are seeing a little change in our leaves here and there! I have my doubts of a big showing this year due to our severe drought. Hoping with fingers crossed.
    Lots of love going your way,
    Sue

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  3. Oh yes, I enjoyed them immensely. In fact I predict I will be back to view them again and again. Nothing like the autumn colors in the New England states. I am so happy to know that you and Laurel were successful in making it happen this year. Sounds like a delightful day right up to the mint cappuccino. The property that got away is beyond beautiful. That must have been a tough decision for Laurel. She sounds like a very sensible gal. Now for a funny question... who's foot am I seeing above the "ins and outs"? I only ask because those shoes look super comfy and I am in the market for that very thing.

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    1. Those pics were mistakes...but the sneakers and skinny legs belong to Laurel. The Skechers and chunky leg belongs to me. I love Skechers and have many pairs.

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    2. Skechers are my favorite shoes also. I have a couple pairs of dressier ones and about four pairs of sneakers. Those you are wearing look very comfortable.

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  4. You live in such a beautiful area! Our leaves are just barely starting to change.

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  5. It is so beautiful.

    The person in the blue pants and white shoes looks like they are floating or jumping high above the road! :)

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  6. Oh so lovely, Vee! I'm so glad you and Laurel had a great leaf peeping day out. Our leaves are just beginning to do a little turning before falling to the ground. It's been so dry here that our leaves are more brown than colorful. We'll see if that changes as the days pass. Laurel's passed over property is spectacular! I'm sure that was a hard decision for her, but she made the practical one. So good when our children are content. Sending you wishes for a contented week as well, my friend. ♥

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  7. Vee, your Laurel is just a gem. Thank you and her for taking me with you on this incredible journey through an autumn like I have never seen before. WoW

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  8. So many beautiful photos. I think a day like the one you and Laurel had is just good for the soul as well as the body. It is wonderful to spend time with a daughter. Such precious memories, too. Be well, dear Vee.

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  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous foliage pictures!! I am so happy that you were able to get out for that leaf peeping drive! I have thought of you so often and how the nor'easter took so much of your local foliage. So pleased to hear you could get out and about and see some truly beautiful sights. Laurel is a gem -- and oh, what a gorgeous place she passed up! But her reasoning was sound and I'm sure she's thankful she made the wiser choice.

    I definitely did recognize the ice cream place and also the view from Dockside. What a wonderful meet-up that was! We need to do that again sometime.

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  10. WOW!!!!! How beautiful it all is. You are blessed to live in such a wonderful area. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  11. It is all so beautiful!!! No color here in Texas! I used to visit New England in the fall for my birthday - back in another life. The first time I was there I thought the colors were unbelievable! So glad you were able to get out and see so much beauty!!!

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  12. Love every single one of the pictures. Beloved says his fav is the one with Mount Washington on the horizon. Looks like you followed the route our tour bus used when we spent a week Leaf Peeping some years ago.

    Also had to chuckle at the enterprising man who tried to charge you per photo. Good sense of humor. So glad you were able to get out to enjoy such beauty!

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  13. Such lovely scenes even if you say they are waning. Hopefully there will still be color here when my sister arrives next week and I'll take her out and about to try to find some color. Our Larch trees (similar to Tamarack trees) are golden and it's a treat to see them dotting the mountainsides. Glad your drive wasn't missed this year and I'm also glad you weren't out $4 bucks a pop for the photos. :)

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  14. So many beautiful pictures of fall!!
    Such a nice way to spend the day with your daughter. That is a blessing.
    Sure is a beautiful piece of property, but sounds like she made the right decision.

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  15. What beautiful photos of autumn. Was your delicious lunch canoe grilled or fried? The property is gorgeous, but it sounds like Laurel thought things through very carefully before making a decision.

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    1. You asked a question, which means I answer in case anyone else wished to know what tastes best, grilled or fried canoes. Fried definitely! 😏 We actually shared a cheese pizza and a side order of onion rings.

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  16. Beautiful photos! *sigh* Our leaves are just starting to turn this week. I will have to get photos of them to show everyone. I am in love with where you live.

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  17. Hi Vee~

    Gorgeous photos, and what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! You really live in such a beautiful part of the country, one day I would love to see the East coast. I'll bet that was a hard decision for Laurel to make, that view is amazing!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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  18. WOW! You certainly did some leaf peeping for sure...absolutely stunning photos! There is nothing in these parts that even remotely is that colorful. I think it is so nice that your girl takes you out to share this beauty together every year...AND that you were feeling up to going this year. And oh my...what a gorgeous place she passed up! Sorry I missed your last post. I would have loved getting a comment from you back! LOL!

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    1. For you, Debby, I make an exception. Now I have seen beautiful foliage from down your way. It just shows up later, right? Yes, I am blessed to have a darling daughter who does this for me year after year. She picked up where I left off with my mother and grandmother. It’s a fun thing to do. And, yes, it happened on a day when I was feeling my best. God is good! Hope that all is progressing well for your new home while you wait for your new home.

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  19. Oh, wow! I really don't have words...maybe I'll just go take another look at each oh-so-wonderful picture! Maine is such a beautiful state. It was my fifth grade project state, so I once knew all about it. :~)

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  20. Oh thank-you for sharing this. One day we will get to your "neck of the woods" to see those beautiful autumn colors. We've been saying that for years and then something comes up and we can't squeeze in that trip. It is breathtaking even in photos.

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  21. The pictures a breath taking Vee. Oh my! How wonderful it would be to own a home there....I am thinking a cabin...or quaint cottage. The leaves so pretty. I'm so glad and thrilled that you felt like doing with your daughter. What a sweet treat for you both...including that coffee. Hugs and blessings to you dear Vee.
    Cindy

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  22. So beautiful! So glad you were able to go and do some leaf peeping!

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  23. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your photos. I love the Fall colors.

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  24. I did enjoy your photos so much. We have some changing leaves and I'm looking forward to seeing many more around here, hopefully.

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  25. Oh Vee - your leaf peeps are just stunningly beautiful. How wonderful that Laurel took you on this little road trip. The property she "let go" looks amazing and sounds like there is a nice neighbour there too. Our leaves are just past peek here in SW Ontario but still lovely. Hugs!

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  26. Gorgeous photos, Vee. If there is one habit I am trying to teach myself is not to form a habit I cannot keep up. I used to reply to every comment but it was just not possible (and I didn't always have something to say:-). But I do visit everyone and comment back.
    Amalia
    xo

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  27. What lovely photos and very beautiful fall colors.

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  28. So. Much. Beauty.

    This autumn girl is drinking in autumn via your beautiful photos this morning! I am so glad that the Lord saved some color for you and Laurel after the Nor'easter. What a gift!

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  29. Your photos are postcard gorgeous, Vee! It is so mice you and your daughter have this tradition. That property is beautiful, but I think Laurel's reasons for not purchasing it were good ones as she would have a longer commute and riding on a dirt road can be aggravating in spring and winter when it is muddy and snow covered.
    I absolutely love autumn and I feel cheated this year as our autumn color was late and then we had a big freeze and then snow 2 times in October! I'm so glad I took a few road trips to see some of the color in the mountains before all the bad weather arrived. I'm looking at 8 inches snow outside my window right now!

    To answer your question--we were never cold in Alaska. We did have warm coats with us but only wore them occasionally. Most of the time a jacket or sweater was enough. Of course the cruise was in June and the daytime temps were in the 50's and 60's.

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  30. Oh Vee, I did enjoy my leaf peeping with you and Laurel. My you have such pretty scenery to enjoy! I remember the beauty of living in PA, OH, and MI. I guess Texas has it's own kind of beauty. I'm so glad that Laurel got over her cold and was able to venture out with you. I could almost smell that mint cappuccino....mmmm...divine!

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  31. Vee--What fantastic pictures. Wow! I love that you read Cold Bath road. Bet your girl got a kick out of that! What fun that the man stopped to chat you up and charge money for the pictures. Gotta love someone with a sense of humor like that.

    I hope you have a great rest of the week and that you didn't catch a cold! xo Diana

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  32. Our leaves are just thinking about turning. I am hoping that today's slight freeze will nudge them along. I'm so glad you felt like getting out and about. Have a super weekend.

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  33. How wonderful that Laurel felt well enough to take you on a leaf peeping tour! What a tour it was! I absolutely fell in love with the property she found ( and let go) too! I understand her reasoning completely, but it sure was a beautiful spot! Such a gorgeous panoramic view of the countryside! You had such beautiful color there to enjoy, thank you for sharing your happy views with us! Our Fall was very short-lived here, as you know. Winter is here to stay now. I'm adjusting to that, lol! Having to wear my Nordic clothing to walk in October was not pleasant, but doable. At least we have sunshine! Hope you are continuing to do well! Blessings :)

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