October 15, 2011
What a difference a couple of weeks make ~ Fall Spectacular
By: Mary Pellegrini
I drove into Hood River a couple weeks back and the Fall Foliage was OK. Even our guests were a little disappointed with the late peak. But yesterday when I drove into town, well, what a difference a couple of weeks make. Our spring was a couple weeks late so I guess it’s expected that our fall foliage peak would also be a little late.
It really is spectacular. Today Tilly and I took one of our favorite fall drives, up to the Cooper Spur Ski Area, the road looping around, meeting up with Hwy 35, then back to Parkdale. As we climbed out of the Hood River Valley, up into the Mt Hood National Forest, the maples and cottonwoods make were quite vibrant. Up at the higher altitudes most of the leaves were off these trees but the Larch were in full color, such a lovely coppery orange. In our own yard, are the maples, birch, and warm copper colored Mountain Ash. With the cool yet mild weather we are having we are sure to have a couple more weeks of color before our world turns to evergreen and white.