Cruises,Castles And Colors

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6:47 am
By: Doug Lund
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Oooooh, Ahhhhhhh..

Sounds a bit like reactions to a 4th of July fireworks show here on the motor coach as we meander around the backroads of New Hampshire and Vermont on our New England Fall Foliage tour. Unfortunately, the sun, which makes the oak, birch and maple leaves look so dramatically bright  in blazing reds, yellows and oranges, has been pretty much a no-show. But even though the persistent cover of clouds and showers have been a bit of a disappointment for travelers, these mountains (hills, really) now have a taken on a different kind of splendor; a muted beauty of soft pastels.. pink, lavender and yellows which seem equally satisfying.

We stopped for a group photo somewhere in N.H. Beautiful.

We stopped for a group photo somewhere in N.H. Beautiful.

Linda beholds the pastel colors of the countryside from the balcony of our hotel in North Conway.

Linda beholds the pastel colors of the countryside from the balcony of our hotel in North Conway.

Paddleboat for our cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee

Paddleboat for our cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee

A bit rainy for the cruise but it eventually stopped so we could all sit on the outside deck.

A bit rainy for the cruise but it eventually stopped so we could all sit on the outside deck.

Parts of the movie, On Golden Pond was filmed here. I thought I saw a tall old skinny guy in a fishing hat looking very confused as he walked along his driveway.

Parts of the movie, On Golden Pond was filmed here. I thought I saw a tall old skinny guy in a fishing hat looking very confused as he walked along his driveway.

A guy who got rich making shoes built a castle in the clouds which was part of the tour. An amazing place.

A guy who got rich making shoes built a castle in the clouds which was part of the tour. An amazing place.

 We have a great group of vagabonds traveling with us here in the Northeast. We’re all going to have to go on diets by journey’s end.

Next some images from Stockbridge, Massachusetts and a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum plus an afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village; two unforgettable experiences.

Wish you were here but it’s going way too fast.

4 Comments

  1. jeff says:

    If you are in Vermont still check out the Inn that
    the Von Trap family started in Stowe Vt.

  2. prairierose says:

    Wonderful photos. This year the foliage in Spearfish Canyon is also exceptional. Not quite the adventure you all are having, but a nice weekend trip and not too spendy.

  3. grouse says:

    If your readers have just a little vacation time, a great place to go and see some mountains (hills) and fall foliage is southern Missourah. The place is also home to wonderful old world style wineries. Start in Hermann, Missourah and then wind and wine yourself through lots of color, hills and great tastes.

  4. Glenda & Jerry Manke says:

    Thanks for hosting this wonderful trip, we had a great time and saw incredible beautiful and historical sites. Thanks…Glenda & Jerry

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