Friday, September 26, 2008

Family and Fall Colors

Wednesday night we returned from a 10-day trip back east to visit family and friends before heading to New Hampshire to hopefully see some signs of fall. We had fun in Pittsburgh with Aunt Del and family as well as our friends Marv and Nona. Then we headed to Forest Hill, MD, and a nice evening with our nephew Mark, Pia and their daughters. From there we headed to Martinsville, NJ, to meet our newest grand nephew, who's about 18 months old and extremely cute. It was the first time we'd seen either family since Jon and Wendy's wedding in March of 2004.
Next we headed north to Nashua, NH, for three days of exploring the beautiful countryside. The leaves were just turning, and to us it seemed, each day brought a little more color. The weather was just perfect for sightseeing and even a little bit of hiking.Fall Colors
We were quite intrigued with the "Moose Crossing" and "Brake for Moose" signs but didn't see any of the real thing. We did, however, see a number of dead deer and other little critters that had met their end on the roads. Dick accidentally caught this sign while photographing the house on the mountainside. Don't you wonder how the owners get to it?
Moose Country
Dick had found an "easy" hike in our guidebook, so since the weather was great, we decided to find Arathusa Falls. An easy stretch
Well, that author, has a different idea of easy than I do....the trail was mostly up what appeared to be a very rocky streambed, but seeing the falls was definitely worth the effort and the sore muscles.
We made it!
We also saw a much more accessible waterfall on the road, this time with no hiking required!
Easy Access!
This isn't really the season for wild flowers, but we did see a few interesting things besides the pretty trees.
Turkey Tail Fungus
A spot of color
We've done a lot of traveling this summer, much more than usual, but this is because last summer was pretty much of a wash, and we were making up for being on a short leash while I recuperated from surgery and radiation treatments. Believe me, we both prefer this summer's agenda!
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Jane said...

WELCOME HOME !! I wondered where you were off to Judy, now I see. I'm totally jealous of all the traveling you've been doing this summer and it's been quite fun armchair traveling with you. That house on the hill ? I can't imagaine it... looks like a dollhouse perched there. What great weather you had but I'm sure you were glad to get home

Allison Ann Aller said...

Looks like a very fun trip!

Kathy said...

Judy, looks like a wonderful time away from home. Wish I could have traveled with you. Actually you were pretty close to my neck of the woods. LOL What route did you take from MD/NJ to travel north?
I didn't forget about the block, just been tied up with other things at the moment, like painting. YUK!

Plays with Needles said...

Thanks for teaching me something. Turkey fungus! I really loved seeing that and it is appropriately named. I have to go on a hunt to find some of that around here. I have dreams of going to Yellowstone one day. It looks like a pretty special place.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

What gorgeous country! I'm envious. Texas is so hot and baked dry. I need to do those flowers in silk ribbon. Beautiful!!

Lelia said...

What beautiful photographs! Thx for sharing : )

enjoy the week-end

Rian said...

Looks like a grand time. Fall doesn't get into full swing there until October, but even a little is a big deal to a west-coaster. I can see why they named that stuff turkey-tail fungus. Great phtos.

Ele said...

Dear Judy,
I am am so late...welcome home!
Everything looks like a wonderful trip away from home.
Wonderful pictures of fall.

You asked me about the Lizzie Kate patterns? Yes, I like them very much, but also the motives of JWB design, Waxing Moon, or The Prairie Schooler design. All together great American designs indeed!

Have a wonderful fall and hearty greetings
from Gabriele

Linda said...

I'm glad you've had such a good summer Judy. The photos are great; its lovely to see what you've been up to.
Love Linda x

Lynette Anderson said...

What wonderful pictures you have shown and what amazing scenery. I will have to put hiking on my wish list a bit more often.