An unexpected diversion from our plan (which often leads to good things) took us into Vermont for less than 24 hours as we tried to catch up with friend Serra. The leaves were just beginning to turn. In some places they were spectacular. So although it was not part of our original idea, we then drove west and south avoiding Interstate 95 — it is always good to avoid 95 but this time part of it was closed by flooding.
We drove through part of the Adirondack mountains for one fantastically clear day. The second day it rained, and we discovered the wet leaves had a beauty all of their own.
Continuing down into Pennsylvania, we found ourselves in the Allegheny National Forest.
Then, wanting to go a little faster, we took the dreaded Interstate Highway. Interstates are usually so boring. I-79 thorough Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia was beautiful. Perhaps we were lucky to catch it at the right time. There were relatively few trucks, the traffic was light and the mountains were beautiful.
We thought we would be too early for fall color as we drove south, but it varied with the altitude (much higher in West Virginia than Vermont) and other factors like the presence of water, the angle of the sun or the prevailing winds. In some places, the leaves had just begun to turn. In others, they were at their peak. And in others, they were past prime.
It was an unplanned but wonderful addition to our trip.
Pretty even in the rain:
The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina:
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