Recently on a beautiful fall like afternoon, my daughter and I decided to celebrate the fall season on a new to us "local" way. We are originally from Vermont and always head back to the Green Mountains to take in the splendor of "Leaf Peeping Season". Columbus Day weekend we headed up to Vermont to gaze at the almost neon maple trees and the magnificence of so many trees turning so many different shades of golds, oranges and reds.
As luck would have it Mother Nature didn't cooperate with my work schedule. Although "peak" happens at different times in the fall and different people have different opinions of what "peak" actually is there is usually some color for Columbus Day weekend in my hometown of Vermont, but not this Columbus Day. Nope. I don't know if it was because the summer was unusually warm or because I drove four and a half hours to take my elderly father on a ride to see the colors but whatever the reason, it looked like late summer... Anyway, my daughter and I decided to get a taste of the South Shore/Cape Cod version of "leaf peeping" and we headed to Wareham Ma. to the Cranberry Harvest Festival.
We took a guided wagon ride around the cranberry bogs, we sampled a new flavor of cranberry juice Ocean Spray Cranberry Pink Grapefruit Juice, pretty amazing in a Mimosa I would think) and we nibbled on lobster rolls and candy apples. Blew our diet but it was mighty tasty! Who knew there was so much to learn about cranberries? There were paddle boats floating around on the scenic Tihonet Pond, music playing and even a train ride for the little ones. It really was a nice event complete with crafts to buy and even helicopter tours of the bogs. While it wasn't the magnificence of the Green Mountains in fall it was a new tradition for us and certainly one that we will honor each year. Oh and the cranberries being corralled in the bogs was a pretty spectacular color if I don't say so myself!
Apparently the pictures I took that inspired this blog post looked amazing on my phone but in reality and on a bigger screen they were quite blurry. I tried to pass that off as artistic but I got shot down. Guess I will have to invest in a real camera (or some glasses).