Wednesday, September 28, 2005

leaves, oh leaves, where art thou?

As you all know, I begged and pleaded and cajoled and we are going to Vermont during Columbus Day weekend. The thought of leaf peeping in the leaf peeping capital fills my heart with uncontrolled warmth and happiness. I can. not. wait.

Knowing that we are splurging and spending far more on hotel accommodations than we ever have before (but hello? Jacuzzi tub? Fireplace? Free gourmet breakfasts?), I am understandably concerned that our weekend turn out to be splendid.

On Sunday we stopped by the local bookstore and picked up a copy of the Vermont Explorer Guide, chosen because it has slightly larger than microscopic type. I am slowly reading through my Explorer Guide and mapping out our route to, from and through Vermont.

Much to my chagrin, the most important factor seems to not be cooperating... The leaves. WHERE ARE THE CHANGING LEAVES? My friends, please tell me the leaves are changing in your neck of the woods. I know I have a week and two days to go, and I also know that leaves can change in the blink of an eye, but I am starting to have inklings of fear. There is one tree in my neighborhood that is changing, a normally lovely oak tree, but this year it is turning straight to brown. Not such a lovely view, I might add.

Reassure me, please. You see leaves changing oh-so-slightly so as to be in peak season on Columbus Day but not beforehand, no?

14 comments:

peripateticpolarbear said...

They're coming! They're coming! It was a little bit of color at camp last weekend, which is about 4 hours south of where you're headed....should be awesome in 9 days!

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Phantom Scribbler said...

What PPB said. It should be lovely in Vermont for Columbus Day!

Gawdessness said...

I used to live in mid eastern Canada (Southern Ontario) and my Mom still lives there and she says that the maple leaves are all still green and that they don't trun until later in October.
Where I live now, there are already many skeletal trees and crispy leaves on the ground.

Hope yours turn for you by the weekend.

YG&B said...

not to be off-topic, but why can i only read about your life online? could you please email an angel back? or call? or summin'?

Suzanne said...

Leaves in my area (south of you) are still quite green, so I'd think that by Columbus Day they will start their transformation. We do have some do-not-pass-golden-go-right-to-brown trees, which is always disappointing. I'm sure that your trip to Vermont will meet your expectations!

ccw said...

You should have beautiful changing foliage by then.

Chatty Cricket said...

You will definitely have changing leaves up there by Columbus Day weekend...leaves by us will be changing a little later so you'll have double the fun!!

amygeekgrl said...

hey HL,
i'm actually in MA this week (on vaca) and we drove up to VT twice now. the leaves are just barely starting to change in VT (it's like 98% green still). a woman we spoke with at a little chocolate shop said they really get going good around columbus day weekend and that we are a few weeks too early. :( i'm bummed that we are missing it all, but you should be in for some beautiful foliage.
enjoy your trip!

Honey Bunny said...

ugh. i'm desperate for some colored leaves, too! it seems to come later and later each year. and i planned my wedding around the hopes that the leaves will have turned by then. DAMMIT!

city trees don't turn as fast as them there country ones, but still, they better get their asses in gear.

jo(e) said...

I am here to assure you that your timimg ought to be just about perfect.

Well, I can promise colour but I won't say anything about whether or not it might rain ...

amygeekgrl said...

hi again,
i didn't realize you were out east!
we are in the berkshires, by mt. greylock. we were going to drive into boston tomorrow and hang out in our rented car overnight (LOL) since our flight leaves super early saturday morning, but have decided to instead go back to VT and spend the day checking out the covered bridges. then we'll just leave here at like 3 a.m. saturday to make it into boston for our flight.
yes, if i'm out this way again we should hook up. :)
talk to ya later!

Beanie Baby said...

Hmm. And here I am in Southern Ontario and the leaves are just--just!--starting to change. Blushing, as it were. In a week or three it ought to be beautiful.

Bethiclaus said...

Kansas City leaves are still horribly green. And dying from the heat.