CELEBRATING AUTUMN

Tens of Thousands of people take to the road every autumn after the flowers of summer have faded and the trees lush green leaves of summer change their colors to bright red, orange  and yellow.  Albert Camus said it best:  “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Unlike Spring, Fall is fleeting and almost as quickly as the leaves don their colorful wardrobe they feel winter’s breath and spread a warm blanket on the ground.

W M BLANKET OF LEAVES 2

Most day or weekend leaf trippers head to the northern third of the States that border Canada. It’s not likely in Minnesota that you would head for the corn fields to check out brilliant Fall colors, but if you should you will be pleasantly surprised.

HENDERSON MINNESOTA CELEBRATES AUTUMN

Henderson, Minnesota is a small town with a population of 1,000 and it located 60 miles SW of Minneapolis on the Minnesota River.  Every year when the snow melts and the river rises Henderson is threatened with flooding.  A 1.5 mile levee was constructed.  The walking trail on top of the levee gives you a wonderful view of the Minnesota River floodplain.  It is not uncommon for the MN-19 Bridge in Henderson to be closed in the Spring when the snow and ice melt and the river rises.  The ice jams at the bridge in the spring are also interesting.

OWATONNA MINNESOTA CELEBRATES AUTUMN

Owatonna is a city of 25,000 plus situated at the crossroads of HWY 218 and Interstate 35 about 60 miles south of Minneapolis.  The Straight River runs through the heart of Owatonna north to the Cannon River.   The City maintains over 700 acres of parkland and walkways including 28 parks.  It’s a beautiful City with a country feel!

 CELEBRATING AUTUMN ON THE MISSISSIPPI

CELEBRATING AUTUMN AT SPLIT ROCK LIGHT HOUSE

CELEBRATING AUTUMN AT BANNING STATE PARK

CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN VERMONT

CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

CELEBRATING AUTUMN IN WISCONSIN

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