Fall colors along the river driving north of Boston.
Fall colors along the river driving north of Boston.

Finally!  After two previous tries of visiting Boston in early Fall to view the foliage and failing both times due to being too early, this year has finally paid off.  The foliage season is starting to kick in and in some areas, the flaming trees are breathtakingly awesome….in every shade of crimson, gold, magenta, scarlet, pink, yellow, orange, and purple.  On Sunday we took a drive to Berlin, MA to partake in a New England tradition:  apple picking.  It was a wonderfully warm day, even a little too warm for a while, but picking apples with a three and a half year old was delightful.  He loved the hay ride out to the orchards and thought pulling a fresh “yummy” apple straight off the tree was great fun.  Having a very fresh cider doughnut to chomp on wasn’t too bad either.  We ended up with a peck of Macoun apples, a new variety to both my daughter and me.  They are tart and crisp, bright red when polished on your jeans, and delicious.  We will be doing some baking soon!

I arrived in Boston on the 22nd to visit my daughter and grandson for two weeks.  My trip from the RV Dreams Rally in Goshen, IN to Boston was pretty quick, though I did take a couple of hours to stop at Niagara Falls.  The first week was spent caring for my little grandson, who was home from daycare with a severe cough and cold.  When Saturday loomed bright and warm, we took advantage and took the trip to Berlin.  The drive south to Berlin Farms was certainly an appetizer for what is to burst wide open in the next week or so – the vivid radiance of the Fall colors.  Fall is probably my most favorite time of year, and living on the West Coast for many years, I have come to appreciate some beautiful fall colors.  But the depth and breadth of the colors in New England are beyond anything I’ve seen before.  It’s almost as if a torch has been flung into the trees, and I am awestruck by the radiance.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said very eloquently, “The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many….September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias.  October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.”

There will be another post on the fall leaves later this week when I have had the chance to drive out into the country and explore on my own.  May your Fall be filled with brilliant colors, just a snippet of the majesty our Heavenly Father has to offer.