A Haven for Vee

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Leaf Peeping Up North

Laurel had a birthday last weekend. She's making her age look great. The day before, she suggested that I pack my bag and go home with her (after the family gathering) so that we could strike out the following day for what has become our annual foliage drive. Yay! 




Laurel lives north of me in Somerset County. We also drove around a good bit in Franklin County. At one point, we were just 21 miles from Quebec. Heretofore, all our foliage drives have been in Androscoggin and/or Oxford Counties.




So without further unnecessary chatter...



It was a beautiful day in Laurel's town.










The River: The Carrabassett 
The Mountain: Sugarloaf (not all mountains are Sugarloaf, which made Laurel laugh every time I saw a mountain and called it Sugarloaf).



↑Sugarloaf
↓Sugarloaf  Mountain Hotel


There must have been a lot of day hikers on the Appalachian Trail because the parking lot was nearly full.










A fun sculpture in the woods...



Back home...a carpet of leaves

Thanks to my daughter for another fun foliage tour and thank you for hanging in there through so many photos.

Love,
Vee


44 comments:

  1. Thanks for the photos ,some are just breath taking. Here in the Midwest its only just a touch of fall .

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  2. How beautiful and what a great way to enjoy the Fall colors...time with your daughter! She really does look lovely...just like you! Love the sculpture in the woods and the river of course! Enjoy your day!

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  3. Breathtaking Fall colors and a sunny day to boot.
    Nothing better than spending time with your daughter!
    Happy B'Day, Laurel.

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  4. Sorry Vee. I am setting up a new computer and could not remember my google account and I picked my old one. Trying again. Penny

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  5. Oh the beautiful state of Maine! Thank you for taking us along on this most gorgeous ride!

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  6. Those photos were like a calming trip this morning. Here in our part of Missouri it isn't colorful till next month. I so enjoyed your's!

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  7. Laurel is a beautiful young lady. What a lovely tour. All of our foliage views were from the highway going 70-80 mph! That does not make for good photos. This yearly tradition for you and Laurel is sweet! One thing we exchanged when we moved from Kenmore to Colville is pinecones instead of leaves. Happy Day to you!

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  8. Thanks Vee and Laurel for showing us the beauty of Autumn foliage here in New England. What a great trip you both shared and the colors are similar to what we have seen recently in NH in the northern areas. here in Nashua, NH, we have not seen as much, hopefully in the next week or so. YOu got some great from the car shots, Vee!

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  9. Oh you KNOW I wanted to see what the "leaf peepers" saw!! How I miss that!! Thank you SO much! I wanted to go so badly this year, but it just wasn't to be. My grandson did send me a little video as he drove along the country roads to Fryeburg, Maine, and that was wonderful. Just not enough! Your daughter is lovely, and I am so glad she talked you into going with her! I know you are glad too. I take it you didn't make it to Fryeburg Fair or to the blooming onion booth. That is where my grandson was last week. He probably never wants to see another blooming onion again! LOL. Happy Fall!!

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  10. Hi Vee,

    Laurel is such a good daughter for taking you on these leaf peeping expeditions. :D I am in awe of such splendid scenery, my friend!! Wow!! There are so many beautiful areas of our country; we love our Blue Ridge mountains, but your Sugarloaf Mountain (and Hotel) are just lovely. I'm so impressed with that gorgeous river -- it's so clear!! Is the sculpture a caribou? Really cool. ;)

    Laurel is a very pretty young lady, Vee, and quite independent too, it seems. I know you must be very proud of her!! Take care and keep on blogging -- we love to hear from you.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  11. Happy Birthday to Laurel and how wonderful you have this autumn foliage tour to do together. It was all beautiful and thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  12. Belated birthday greetings to your pretty daughter. I'm so glad you were able to do your annual leaf peeping trip. Also glad we got to come along. The scenery is breathtaking and it looks like the weather was perfect that day. Just a few colorful leaves to be seen around here and our temps are in the mid 80s. You have given me hope that fall is out there somewhere. Can't wait til it shows up here.

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  13. I love every photo!!! It’s so beautiful! Texas is just green and then brown for the most part with a few yellow leaves tossed around for color! I loved your carpet of colored leaves when you returned home! Maybe next year I will be there to see the fall foliage! September may be too early!

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    1. September is definitely too early. Aim for October 10. That is almost always right. 😊

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  14. Happy belated birthday to Laurel! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Love the ones with the river. What a perfect day you had!

    Maybe tomorrow I can post a few of our photos from the past week. Although the foliage as a whole is seemingly not as brilliant as last year, we have some great pictures. Thanks so much for sharing yours!

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  15. The fall colors are absolutely beautiful! So glad that you enjoyed time with Laurel. How wonderful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. Such lovely photos, Vee. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. I'm so glad you both shared this beauty together.

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  17. Absolutely stunning. Happy Birthday to Laurel, and what a wonderful birthday Fall Drive! Never seen anything quite that lovely in CA.

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  18. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Laurel!! What a fun and gorgeous outing that you two had. How I envy you of the beauty of your tour. I know it made your heart happy, Vee!

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  19. What a beautiful drive! I posted our fall colors (really?) today, too. I count on your annual drive to make it real and breathtaking. What a beautiful daughter you have inside and out! Thank you for sharing your drive.

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  20. Thank you for giving us this wonderful Leaf Peeping Tour. It was truly grand -- the colors are remarkable. the golds are great but the deep reds and oranges are what catch my eye every time.

    And such a good time with Laurel, too! She is a beautiful young woman (and so good to her mother!!).

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  21. Ahhhh . . . a leaf peeping drive . . . in Maine . . . is the stuff of my dreams! (Your photos confirm that it is a wonderful dream!) And making the drive with Laurel, and sharing time and laughs, is even more special. Happy birthday to beautiful Laurel! (Hey, did you get a photo of the birthday dinner at your new table?)

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  22. You Mainiacs are a good looking bunch! Laurel is a beauty!

    What a stunning foliage drive! Beauty every where! Next time I come for foliage, I'll come later in October. Gorgeous!

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  23. Belated Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter Laurel! I am glad to see the leaves and colour in your corner. What a delightful drive, and a good time spent with your girl.

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  24. The sky and the foliage looks beautiful! Our leaves are just now beginning to change. My daughter and daughter in law are coming over tomorrow to craft. Love being with them!

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  25. What a lovely way to spend the day with your daughter. All the pictures are breathtaking. It is a wonderful tradition to look forward to every year. Your daughter is so pretty with a fantastic smile!!

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  26. Beautiful. Wow on your commenter (Unknown) so sad...I guess that person prefers the current occupier in chief and his inflation mess among other many other issues (gosh, aren't I just so snarky). I think that person is mistaken on who needs to be in prison. Excuse the snarkiness. grin.

    ANYWAYS--beautiful photos, Vee. I would love to live there, but your governor is just as bat do cray cray as ours here in NY, SIGH.

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    1. I apologize for leaving that so long. Just getting around to visit my own blog. Yes, she is a tortured soul who needs help. She's got a bad case of TDS. Since I do not allow anonymous posters, I have almost concluded that she works for bl*gger or gr**gle. Her stench really funks up the place. How's that for snarky?

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  27. Loved this trip you shared - that's how I remember Maine when we lived in NE!
    Your Laurel is just lovely - she smiles just as you do. Sending belated birthday wishes.

    Well dear friend - you are a winner, literally! See my current blog post - Bob and I were so happy when he pulled out your name! Knitting needles at the ready for me!
    Hugs - Mary

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  28. A wonderful way to celebrate Laurel's special day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  29. Hi Vee! I have been having such a hard time commenting on your blog! I finally tried another browser, so hopefully that fixed the problem.

    Your daughter is just beautiful, she reminds me of her mom ;0) I hope she had a wonderful birthday!

    Your photos are just stunning! I especially love the photos with the river, those blue skies and fall colors reflecting in the water...stunning!

    You asked when my husbands surgery was...Nov. 10th. I'm pretty nervous about the surgery because he is a man who hates to sit for very long...it's going to be a hard recovery for him, prayers are appreciated!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  30. First, a big belated Happy Birthday to Laurel! I know she and you had a wonderful trip together just looking at the beauty in your photos. That bridge is awesome as well the mountains, rivers, and brilliant foliage. It seems all the leaves changing and falling is very late in the Midwest, we had warm temps and little rain for a few weeks so it's just getting cool and fall-ish!🍁

    Sending love,

    Jane

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  31. Happy Birthday to Laurel, she is beautiful Vee, one word for the photos, "Spectacular"! This blog post explains your absences from posting, you are having way to much fun, traveling and site seeing! You go Girl!
    Love,
    Sue

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  32. So beautiful. Leaves don't change around here for another four weeks or so. Always around Thanksgiving. I love looking at autumn leaves. Never too many pictures for me.

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  33. Your pictures are so beautiful! What a peaceful and wonderful trip that must have been! God bless!

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  34. Vee, "thank you for hanging in through so many photos"—are you kidding me? When photos are that good and of such beautiful scenes, it's our pleasure! Thanks for taking me on the tour, I needed that today!

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  35. Good Saturday morning from NC dear Vee.
    Last night I completed your cowl. I thought a lot about you as I knitted each row - all happy thoughts of course - and wished I was up there in beautiful Maine close by you!
    Anyway my dear, I now need your mailing address (and your email address too as I don't seem to have it), as early next week I'll head to the Post Office and pop your little parcel in the mail. I hope you will enjoy the cowl - at least your neck will stay warm as the cold weather arrives! I actually wore one of mine yesterday when I went to get my hair trimmed - it felt good on one of our first cooler days.
    Here's my email - will look forward to hearing from you.

    quitecontrary43@gmail.com

    Happy weekend.
    Mary.....and Bob XX

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  36. Oh my, gorgeous photo album of your leaf trip. Your souls must have been filled to the brim with all that loveliness. And spending it with someone you love, even better!

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, Vee!
    Brenda xo

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  37. I thought I left a comment but I mustn't have hit publish! What a gorgeous set of photos from your leaf trip. Your souls must be sated with all the beauty you've seen. And to spend your time with someone you love, even better!

    Vee, I'm wishing you a great week ahead,
    Brenda xo

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  38. Hello Vee
    Happy belated birthday to Laurel! Maine always has the most lovely fall! We were fortunate this year as we did not get any snow in October in our part of Colorado and therefore fall lasted a long and glorious time.
    I read your prior post and I do take most of my photos with a cell phone these days. I also still enjoy blogging once a week. I think it helps keep my mind sharp and helps me to think creatively. Keep blogging!

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  39. It's very pretty up there! What a lovely visit with your daughter! My dad worked in Bangor, and in a couple of cities in Canada when I was young, so we explored so much with him when we visited or in the summer. Brought back memories even if I never been to Sugarloaf.

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