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Fall Colors 2015

marzNC

Angel Diva
#2
On top of Whiteface Mountain. Got there the easy way by driving up the road, which is open until Oct. 12. The elevator and Nature Trail to the summit were closed due to ice! But I was lucky and found the top section of the trail that starts near the Toll Booth.

Looking towards Lake Placid (the lake, not the town) at the end of the road
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It was cold! Car said 32 degrees. The wind was definitely from the north.
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Looking towards the summit from above The Slides
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Looking at Whiteface ski areas
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View from Whiteface Mountain road, looking north towards Canada
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Ringrat

Angel Diva
#5
Well I haven't been able to hike but I did get out for some nice geocaching drives and bike rides. Sadly I forgot my camera for the drives and it's way too big to carry on my road bike! So just little lousy camera pictures.

Lynx Creek:
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Tapay Road:
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Sartoris Rd:
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St. Mary's River Valley:
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St. Mary's River:
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#6
Beautiful pictures.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#7
A lot of areas have webpages about the status of fall colors. The one for NY is updated weekly on Wed so people can decide where to go the following weekend. Going to be good where I'm driving today. Driving during the early change seems better than late because the trees near the 2-lane roads tend to change first. The last time I was in the Adirondacks in the fall was a week or two later in Oct and most of the leaves had fallen already around the road into Lake Placid.

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contesstant

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#8
After being in SoCal for almost 5 years, I'm so happy to live where there are 4 seasons again! Fall was always a favorite of mine except winter in VA and OH were not my favorites since the skiing, frankly, sucked compared to what we were used to in Tahoe. Now that we live where fall is fall and fantastic skiing is soon to come, I love fall even more!
I've been mountain biking a lot and have actually taken the time to stop to take pics lately.

Powder Mountain trails last weekend:


This one is taken from the Powder Mountain trail, that's Snowbasin there off in the distance. You can see a sliver of the great Salt Lake off to the right, WAY off in the distance.
 

contesstant

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#9
And here are some from the trails around Snowbasin. Fall here definitely isn't as fantastic as back east, but it's still fall and it's still beautiful! And we have aspen trees, which are some of my favorites no matter the season.
 
#10
@contesstant gorgeous pictures. I lived in SoCal for 15 years and while I loved living 2 blocks from the ocean and went to the mountains to snowboard/ski I missed the day to day living in 4 seasons. Glad I get to experience that again.
 
#14
@contesstant , that first one in your first post is awesome...there is something surreal about it.

The elevator and Nature Trail to the summit
Okay, I gotta ask. Elevator?

I am going on my annual "larch weekend" hiking trip (just to the NE Cascades to hike while the larches are turning) this weekend. Our new dog is not trail ready yet so my husband is staying home on dog duty so I can go. Aww...
 

contesstant

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#15
@contesstant , that first one in your first post is awesome...there is something surreal about it.



Okay, I gotta ask. Elevator?

I am going on my annual "larch weekend" hiking trip (just to the NE Cascades to hike while the larches are turning) this weekend. Our new dog is not trail ready yet so my husband is staying home on dog duty so I can go. Aww...
It's amazing the kinds of shots you can get with a phone these days. I like that one, too. It actually halfway captured what I was actually seeing.
 
#16
@marzNC As you know Hurricane Joachin is making its way up the east coast so not sure where you will be in your journey back down south in relation to it. Here in CT its rainy and chilly. Drive safe and be careful and all of that stuff.
 

Jilly

Moderator
Staff member
#17
I'm currently in the middle of Eastern Ontario, aka north of 7. I really think colours will be better next weekend. Still a lot of yellows and not much red. I'll get some pics tomorrow as I need to do a dump run.

And next weekend is a long one.....Thanksgiving!
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#19
@marzNC As you know Hurricane Joachin is making its way up the east coast so not sure where you will be in your journey back down south in relation to it. Here in CT its rainy and chilly. Drive safe and be careful and all of that stuff.
I did a little hike near Lake Placid this morning before heading south. Only thin clouds so it was bright enough for nice colors. There is a little hill called Owl's Head just south of Cascade Lakes that has great views after a 15 min hike up. Quite a change heading back to I-87 compared to a week ago when I drove north.

Didn't start to rain until I got into PA. Drove longer today so that I'm in no rush tomorrow. I know it will be raining in VA and NC.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#20
Okay, I gotta ask. Elevator?
The history of the NY Adirondack Park is pretty fascinating. The elevator near the top of Whiteface was built in the 1930s, after the toll road was constructed. Franklin Roosevelt was Governor of NY when the toll road finally was approved and construction started. He was President by the time the toll road was dedicated. In his dedication speech, he mentioned it would be nice to have an elevator for those who couldn't make the walk from the end of the road to the summit. The elevator was completed few years later. It's pretty amazing. There is a 424 ft tunnel carved into the granite to get to the elevator. The elevator holds about a dozen people and is 276 ft (about 27 stories).

Found a webpage written for kids about Whiteface and Franklin Roosevelt that has good pictures taken during the summer.
 

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