Sunday, October 12, 2008

Franconia Fall



This has to be the most beautiful fall foliage weekend ever. With a long weekend and gas prices hovering closer to $3 than $4 per gallon, New Englanders ventured away from the bad news on CNBC to see what beauty was unfurling in the woods.

We spent the last few days in Franconia Notch re-visiting tourist attractions that Brother and I had not seen in 40 years and straying into the streams and the woods to share with Luz Maria and Ignatio the parts of the United States that we are most proud of.

When Brother and I were children, we would spend every long weekend camping in Franconia Notch and both of us have very happy memories of the area. It felt good to re-live the memories with him. My memory is beyond terrible and just full of vague recollections; his memory is like flypaper full of distinct multi-sensory experiences, so while I drove and guided, he filled in the gaps of my childhood, story by story.

We jumped on rocks in the Pemigewasset and took the tram up Cannon Mountain. We explored the Flume and the Basin and listened to the nickelodean at Clark's Trading Post.

Sleep was welcome last night and I can't imagine that any of us made it to the 11th inning of the Red Sox/Tampa Bay game.

11 comments:

Jayne said...

I could just sense the peace in your words Beth. I can only imagine the beauty your eyes took in, and wish I'd been on the hike with you. :c)

Katie : said...

Spending time with my brothers brings me happiness too. We're all spread out, so it doesn't happen much, but when it does, it all comes back that these guys are just bigger versions of my little brothers.

beth said...

Agreed regarding the foliage, Beth - these pictures are GLORIOUS! I enlarged them and soaked up the colors for a while..

Thanks for sharing these!

Mary said...

Beth,

Like you, we ventured out, away from news. Gas prices have gone down 60 cents since last week.

The beauty there is breathtaking. The autumn color and that WATERFALL is fabulous. I enlarged that photo, wishing I was there, too.

Mary

June said...

I loved hearing about your childhood, reunion with Brother, and autumn all in one post. Great blogging!

The Texican said...

Good to see Brother's back. Great photo of his wife though. Sounds like you had a great time. Be sure to convey our best wishes to him. Pappy

Kathiesbirds said...

Ah what lovley fall foliage and what a lovely time you had! Gus and my son were watching the game out here also, though I went to bed and heard the results in the morning! They didn't do so well tonight either. Gus got discouraged and wouldn't watch the game.

RuthieJ said...

Looks like you had perfect weather. I'm glad you're all having a good time together enjoying the beauty of Maine and reminiscing.

Carey's Corner said...

Glad you had a nice visit with your brother. Beautiful fall pictures.

Judi~Gmj said...

Wonderful to share memories with Brother, I have one and he too is my memory. I rely on him to fill in the blanks. Thanks for sharing your piece of the world. It is beautiful.

Lavinia said...

Sensational foliage! We are still mostly green up here. Speaking of brothers, I am on my brother's computer right now and I just enlarged pic # 1 and made it his desktop wallpaper!!