You have to be crazy not to love fall in New England. The heat and humidity break, and our trees explode with color. The moist summers and cold October nights combine to produce vibrant red and gold chemicals in the leaves. Old red barns become priceless backdrops to the changing foliage, and cider mills are de rigueur.
Corn mazes pop up all over the place. I spent my childhood racing through Lyman Orchards’ mazes with my sisters, our parents always mad if we would disappear too long. Now as an adult I’ve done the rounds: haunted corn mazes, mazes with wine, and Bishop’s Orchards’ maze in Guilford.
“These trails help me
to escape the stress
of daily life…”
But it’s the colder weather that I love the most. As a hiker, I tend to sweat a lot. I have trouble watching my pace, and I’ll exhaust myself before I should in warmer weather. Those problems persist into the fall and winter, yet they hardly bother me as much, and I’m at less risk for heatstroke or a similar illness when it’s cooler.
This is one familiar scene; I stop in the middle of the woods to wipe the sweat from my brow, my canvas trucker hat soaked through so even the brim drips moist. It’s not a nervous sweat, nor the sweat of just a humid afternoon; it’s the fulfilling sweat of a hard day’s hike in October.
When the leaves begin to change, the empty trails seem somehow filled with life. These trails help me to escape the stress of daily life and find my center. It isn’t loneliness I feel out there. It’s peace, and I wouldn’t mind if it stayed October forever.
Explore October for Yourself
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