Tuesday, October 30, 2007
New England Foliage
Last weekend, Paul and I drove through New England to view the gorgeous autumn leaves- aka "leaf peeping". We rested our heads at Michael & Mary's (Paul's oldest sister) amazing purple Victorian home in Williamstown, Massachusetts, near the Vermont/New York border.
The colors of the weekend were bright and rusty, deep reds and flaming oranges and golden yellows... it was like you turned up the "saturation" level in Photoshop. (OK that was nerdy.) More photos here.
It was an "authentic" New England experience, complete with baking apple pies, picking vegetables from an organic farm, walking Mary's black lab, driving down country roads, seeing lots of red barns, and watching the World Series. We drove through Massachusetts and Vermont enjoying all kinds of wholesome hearty food like shepherd's pie, lots of sandwiches and burgers, and chicken soup. With the temperatures dropping down to the 30's and 40's at night, we were getting an early taste of what winter was going to be like!
It was nice to squeeze in some artsy fartsy stuff too. We drove out to the next town over, North Adams to visit Mass MOCA, with its beautiful renovated brick buildings and awesome exhibits like the upside down trees. We also went to an art auction that Mary (Paul's sister) helped organize. Originally we were there to nibble on the free food and drink the free wine, but ended up bidding (and winning!) this beautiful piece... delicately made with human hair...
Lots of fleece, down vests, and wool hats... Oh, and a trip to the outlets in Manchester, Vermont scored Paul and me some new clothes... (Thank you Paul for my new clothes!!!)
It was as American as... well, apple pie!