The Fall I’ve Been Missing

Gorgeous.  And as corny as it sounds, really breath-taking.

You can’t help but gape and stare at the colors of autumn in Maine, especially if you haven’t seen them in five years.

Since I’ve always left for Europe in August I’ve missed out on one of our state’s greatest beauties: the foliage.  I would see pictures and I would even compare the colors in Germany to the ones back home but… I really forgot how absolutely stunning the state is in the first week of October.

This past weekend I planned a trip to Ogunquit (I’d never been) intending to see some fall colors.  Not only did I get fall colors but also summer temperatures as I was walking around in shorts and a t-shirt most of the day.

Everywhere I looked there was some crazy color that is just unbelievably beautiful and unique and to think this kind of thing happens every year.  This might be weird, but I always wonder if the trees know how beautiful they are, just sitting there all pretty while everyone is staring at them.

We hiked Mt. Agamenticus and while the views from the top were gorgeous, I really enjoy looking at the ones that are all around us.

The Sunday before, while driving up to Augusta (from Gorham), I really found myself amazed by the trees along the highway.  I wondered if the other drivers were as stunned by the colors as I was.  I tried taking pictures but you know they rarely do true beauty justice.  I did, however, get this picture near the Gray exit on 95.

And I actually pulled the car over for this picture just outside the USM Gorham campus, beautiful.

The colors are the first thing I missed about October in Maine and I was like a kid who hasn’t been in a candy shop for five years.   Second thing I missed about October while in Europe?  Pumpkin Reeses.

Danielle Clark

About Danielle Clark

I am 28 years old and for 5 years out of college I played basketball for a living. I was a professional basketball player in Europe so I spent most of my years there and came back to Maine for summers and a couple weeks at Christmas time. I thought my years there would open my eyes to what I want to be when I "grow up." That didn't happen. I have discovered, however, that I just have to try something. Just do things and toss myself into them. I have currently tossed myself into being a college basketball assistant coach and one on one reading tutor. I grew up in Corinna, Maine and have been a resident Mainer. I love sports, reading, writing, cooking, baking, watching movies... everything. I have lots of hobbies and not enough time in the day!