If you are planning a trip for viewing fall leaves, here are some tips from our recent outing.
It’s just like clockwork, we know it’s going to happen, but still, the glorious colors of fall seem to energize and invigorate us after a long hot summer. It’s nature’s way of saying, ‘Here’s your prize for surviving August!”
Recently, Terry and I decided to take a little time away from our day-to-day to get out to enjoy the colors of fall, the cooler temperatures and for viewing fall leaves. It was a delightful way to ‘unplug’, which is something we really need to set an intention of doing more often.
We were able to walk on one of our local nature trails, that have modest leaf color change. Those of you up north or out west will have so many more lovely fall leaf viewing opportunities. But nevertheless, we took advantage of this time away from our day-to-day to really just unwind.
A Plan for Viewing Fall Leaves:
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- Check out this interactive map to see when the leaves will be at their peak in various parts of the US. It’s pretty cool in that you slide the scale to the date you are considering and it will show you the foliage viewing in all parts of the U.S. If you are lucky enough to be in some of those peak viewing areas, you can make a little day trip out of it.
- Pack your camera. Make sure your battery is charged and you have lots of room on your SD card!
- Pack some simple snacks or beverages. A little trip meant to be relaxing should not start with a lot of effort…defeats the whole purpose. These little bags of Mini Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies from Walkers Shortbread and some spiced hot cider in a thermos (of course…how could I not?) were the perfect mid-afternoon snack for us.
If you are unfamiliar with Walkers Shortbread, these delicious shortbread cookies are an absolute favorite of mine. Still made in Scotland, Walkers Shortbread prides itself in being the World’s Finest Shortbread – and for good reason! Its pure-butter shortbread is made with just four simple, natural ingredients: flour, butter, sugar and a pinch of salt. So keep it simple and pop a bag (or two!) right into your picnic basket!
- We took along some books to read, leaving our phones muted so as not to disturb the peace of the day.
- Pack a thin piece of wood/cutting board to use as a makeshift ‘table’ so that your drinks are less likely to spill.
- Take along unbreakable cups and plates. I am not a big paper product user, so my light and unbreakable copper mugs worked perfectly.
- Pack a little bag for any trash you might generate on your leaf-peeping adventure.
- Depending on where you will be, you may still need sunscreen.
- Take along some wipes or napkins.
- As much as I hate to say it, you might want to toss in some bug spray…guess the mosquitoes like viewing fall leaves too!
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