For the tenth time today the phone was ringing as I keep the same pleasant demeanor when I answer and say, “Seyon Lodge, how may I help you?”
“Yeah, I want to know what the leaves are doing.”
Internally I have an altering number of responses I want to site, “The leaves decided to take this year off and go to the Bahamas, their mom called and said they couldn’t come out today, they decided to switch jobs for a while and drive taxi’s.”
“We’ll, they are changing right now.”
“Yeah, but I want to know if they are good. I only want to come out if they are really good right now.”
“We’ll, there’s never any way to pin point that down exactly, but right now everything is pretty and it’s a great time of year to be outside.”
“Hmph. I’ll think about it. Good bye.”
Some are much more polite than that, trying to judge their big fall trip from far away, but every year trying to pick the ‘best’ week of fall foliage is akin to trying to pick the next winning lotto numbers. No one can say for sure the best, most exact date the peak will be. You simply have to be there. And that is one of the reasons this job and lifestyle is so great. We are in it. There’s a beauty and excitement to picking up moving every day and there’s an equal beauty and excitement to staying in one spot for a while. Things change and to have the luxury to experience those changes is the joy of travel.
Here’s a series of shots simply enjoying the fall foliage season in Vermont.