ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Glory of the Fall Season in the Adirondack Region

Updated on September 27, 2009
www.flickr.com, photo posted by kate_bygrave
www.flickr.com, 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.

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Em Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Em Writes 

      10 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!

    • NYLady profile image

      NYLady 

      10 years ago from White Plains, NY

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

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

      10 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!

    • Constant Walker profile image

      Constant Walker 

      10 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.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)