September 23rd, marks the first day of fall. This particular region of the North Country/ Adirondacks is blessed with having so many outdoor recreational opportunities, from hiking to spending time on quiet bodies of water. It is also home to some of the most scenic roadways imaginable as summer begins to hibernate and the fall colors start to come alive. Against the bright blue sky, leaves in shades of hot red, glowing orange, vibrant yellow and earthy brown start to appear.
One question I always have is “where is the BEST place to see the changing colors?” Everyone I ask seems to be stumped as they fumble around with a direct answer. That is because there is no “best” one place to see the beautiful radiant fall colors.
Some suggestions I have heard include a short hike up Baker Mountain located between Long Lake and Tupper Lake off Route 30, and or if you don’t feel like hiking, take a long scenic drive. Some specific stretches of scenic roadway include Route 86 to Paul Smiths, Route 3 to Bloomingdale, McKenzie Pond Road and Forest Home Road to Lake Clear.
If you are lacking transportation or motivation to hike, you can always take a short walk and or bike ride around campus. You will be amazed at what you see. The different pieces of artwork displayed around campus have certain radiance in the changing leaves and cozier weather. Walking down the main drag of campus shows fall beauty in many ways.
This is the perfect season for pumpkins, bonfires, nature walks, s’mores, autumn leaves, corn mazes, lattes and apples; seeming to hit each and every sense we have. The best part about this area is the easy access to a pumpkin patch, apple farm, or cider mill. A great site to find out different pumpkin patch locations in the Plattsburgh area is to visit: www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org
Our academic semester is now in full bloom but don’t forget to take time to breathe and view the beauty happening around you.