My Favorite Time of Year

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”  ~George Eliot

img_3319I live in a part of the country that really shines once autumn arrives. New England is famous for its fall and after having the pleasure of experiencing them for nearly two decades, I see why. With the crisp air and the bright colors, this season is my happy place and way too short for my liking.

In addition to the perfect weather and spectacular views, some of my favorite family traditions happen in these months and this past weekend was one of them. We made our annual trek out to Western Massachusetts to take in the foliage, visit our beloved corn maze, and enjoy some family time together. Each year we visit the corn maze at Warner Farm where they design a maze based on a theme. With the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Services, this year’s maze paid tribute to Yellowstone National park and Teddy Roosevelt, who dedicated a great deal of effort in supporting our parks. The goal of the corn maze it not simply to wander your way through the maze, but with map in hand, this year we sought out life-sized wooden silhouettes of animals found in National Parks around the country, from a moose to the grizzly bear. The boys loved it. Outside of the maze, there were fall festival activities and treats to enjoy: face painting, a bouncy house, a farm animal petting zoo, a potato cannon, and of course apple cider donuts.

Before heading home, we took a walk on the bike path bridge that crosses the Connecticut River, paid a visit to one of our favorite bookstores, and wandered about the magic of the foliage. It was the perfect way to soak in the beauty of our New England fall!

 

 


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