Monday, 24 January 2022

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Fantastic Fall Travel

There are many reasons to travel in the fall. Often, once school is back in session the crowds are much lighter at popular attractions, temperatures in notoriously hot areas are milder, and lodging and airfare may be discounted. One of the best reasons, though, are the stunning fall colors and seasonal cuisine.

As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, leaves begin the process of changing color from summertime green to reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. The onset, duration, and brilliance of fall color displays is primarily regulated by the nights becoming longer, but temperature, water supply, and tree species also play a role. Since certain colors are characteristic of particular species, different areas of the country will produce different color displays.

Depositphotos 36917075 xl 2015In the mountains of western states such as Wyoming and Colorado, one of the most brilliant changes occur in aspen trees when they turn a vibrant golden yellow. In these areas there is also the exciting possibility of seeing elk that are making their way to lower-elevation wintering grounds.

A quick internet search can point you in the right direction for your part of the country. Note that it is difficult to predict exactly when peak colors will occur, and often the best fall colors are on display for a very short period of time. Also, in the mountains in the fall, weather can be unpredictable, so always be prepared and check conditions before venturing out.

Another fun fall activity is to visit farms that welcome visitors to pick apples and pumpkins, sample cider, or try their luck at navigating a corn maze. These are mostly enjoyed as family day trips, but with a little research a person can turn fall farm hopping into an adventure.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the many exciting activities unique to the season and view the beautiful colors of fall.

Columnist: Kim McMahill

Picture Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. After living in eight different states and enjoying a rewarding career with the National Park Service, she has returned home to Wyoming to focus on her writing and spend more time with family. She has published ten novels, over eighty travel and human-interest articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. Find out more about Kim by visiting her blog and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter @kimmcmahill

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