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The Glory of the Fall Season in the Adirondack Region

Updated on September 27, 2009, photo posted by kate_bygrave, photo posted by kate_bygrave

Though I was born and raised in Upstate New York in the foothills of the Adirondacks, I thought I hated cold weather until I spent a few years in the heat and humidity that was the 10-month summer of central Florida. Yeah, being able to go the beach was great, but since I didn't have the funds to open a margarita hut on the sand, I had to have a real job. That meant the beach was only for the weekends and the rest of the time I alternately sweltered or froze, depending on whether I was outside or in.

Every October, I'd feel a little melancholy set in as I'd look out of my office window on the third story of the building in which I worked in downtown Tampa. Palm trees were the only trees I saw, planted in the midst of a sea of cobblestones and concrete. Where were the real trees? The maples, oaks, pines? The beautiful colors of Autumn? They were home, which regardless of how many years I spent away was always back in New York.

Fall in the Adirondacks

Heaven on Earth

I've never met weather I loved more than the weather of the Fall season in the Adirondack region. Yes, there's usually a fair amount of rain, but the sunny days more than make up for it. The sun's rays take on a gorgeous, muted golden tone this time of year, and the warmth is really only felt when you stand directly in its glow. The air is otherwise crisp and clear, and to breathe it is invigorating. Nights are chilly - blissful sleeping weather best spent burrowed under a thick down comforter, nestled against the warmth of a loved one. And to pull on soft, warm sweaters, jackets and jeans after months in shorts and tank tops - well, it just feels like home.

The best, however, is the gorgeous Fall foliage. Leaves in shades of crimson, orange and gold are visually devine. To hike one of the peaks, or to drive or take a bicycle tour through the Adirondack mountains on a two-lane road with the soft, golden sunshine filtering through the brilliantly-shaded tree tops is nothing short of heavenly. A lakeside picnic in this idyllic setting is one of the most romantic, memorable experiences one could have.

Thousands flock to the Adirondack region this time of year, but the mountains seemingly absorb them. Unless you visit one of the resort towns, such as beautiful Lake Placid, and notice the crowds, or see a bus from one of the many companies who sell tours of the area to leaf-peepers of all ages, you may never realize how popular a Fall destination this is.

The splendor of Autumn... it's the primary reason why, for me, New York will always be home.



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      Em Writes 9 years ago from Upstate NY

      Constant Walker - Thanks for the tip on the denim! I make it through Fall well enough in jeans, but that's definitely something to keep in mind in Winter. Granted, come January I'll probably be writing a hub about how much I hate Winter in the Adirondack region. :)

      Desert Blondie - I've never seen Tennesee this time of year, but I'm sure it's beautiful, too. I have a love for mountainous regions, in general.

      NYLady - I didn't even think of the apples!

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      NYLady 9 years ago from White Plains, NY

      You're right. The Adirondacks, the crisp air, the apple picking, the multi-colored leaves. Heaven!

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      How lovely! I've only lived one place with absolutely gorgeous autumn weather and foliage, the southern edge of the Appalachians. My oh my, I'd never seen such color climbing up the hills and along every roadside. My native Oklahoma wasn't much for trees or scenery of any kind, except to marvel at how flat the world can be (so the tornadoes can blow right through!). But I'm betting your upstate NY has southern Tennessee beat my a good mile or two or three for beautiful folliage! Thanks for sharing your memories!

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Wow, I love that you wrote this story. I wrote something similar about Spring where I live. it's easy and fun to do, eh?

      One small tip: I learned from the locals when I spent a winter in Canada - 35 below!!! - that denim is the absolute coldest material you can wear... unless they're lined jeans, or you're wearing thermal underwear. I know this to be true because I walk a lot, and if I'm wearing denim shorts and it's even a tiny bit cold - they seem to absorb the coldness and I can feel it against my skin. Corduroy is the warmest material for pants or shorts.