Kansas has beautiful places across its breadth, but October belongs to the eastern hardwoods. Today I visited Linn County, my home as a boy growing up, and after a long, hot summer, the hills were blazing with better than average color.
Sugar maples were bright red and orange, mixed with the yellows and golds of ash, hickory, and oaks. And together with blue skies, cumulus clouds, and water to mirror the landscape, it was a spectacle worth the drive. Specifically, the hills of Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, and the north end of LaCygne Reservoir, provided the best color.
If you’ve always wanted to see autumn in New England but can’t go that far, spectacular fall foliage can be found in our own state. The color is peaking this year about a week early, and it should remain pretty for another 10 days. You’ll find beautiful fall trees in Kansas towns, but you’ve got to see miles of colorful ridges to appreciate true fall beauty.
Don’t let it pass you by. This isn’t the best year I’ve seen, but I think it’s the best in the past four or five years. I go home every fall to relive this seasonal beauty, and this year was a delightful surprise after a brutal dry spell that usually means a listless smear of browns and yellows.
See it for yourself, and you’ll be blessed.