A birds-eye view of the leaves can be very adventurous or mildly adventurous. A trip in a small private plane affords a spectacular view of the colorful patchwork below. The truly adventurous (and skilled) might consider hang gliding. The website www.ushpa.aero provides a list of area clubs for information on locations (such as Stamford’s Mount Utsayantha) and necessary permissions.
For those interested in being high up, but not quite that high, many ski resorts open their ski lifts for the foliage season. Four resorts in the Catskills — Belleayre, Hunter, Plattekill and Windham — will be open for such rides. The resorts will also feature children’s activities, plenty of vendors, and, at Windham, fireworks. Hunter hosts Octoberfest this weekend. Belleayre, on the border of Delaware and Ulster counties, will host its 33rd annual Fall Festival & Craft Fair this weekend as well.
How to best enjoy the changing and falling of autumn leaves is up to each person. But, surely we can agree that there is something especially enchanting about one particular image. That image is of a couple walking through a forest of falling leaves, their arms and hearts entwined. They do not speak. The memories of their moments together hold their words back.
There was a hit song in the 1950s on the topic called “Autumn Leaves.” Nat King Cole sang it. The falling leaves were the wonderful, but short-lived, memories the two had shared.
“Since you went away, the days grow longer
“and soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
“But I miss you most of all my darling
“When Autumn leaves start to fall.”