Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Foliage Fun

What a fabulous autumn weekend in Pennsylvania! Mike and I went on a sort of date on Saturday and took a lovely drive down over the mountain about 45 minutes away to the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. And boy did we need it!

I often talk to the husband about us moving somewhere new. Really, theres not alot where we live - small town America at its finest. I'm a city girl at heart. I grew up in Virginia Beach and sometimes I still long to be just a small person on a sidewalk surrounded by big, beautiful, tall buildings. But the truth is I wouldn't give up a Pa autumn for anything. It makes the lack of things to do here, the often crap-tastic snow-filled winters, and the semi-but-not-really-because-it's-still-snowing Spring all seem worth it. The trip to the Fall Foliage Festival is beautiful, and my favorite autumn journey by far, complete with a long winding drive down a mountain with nothing to look at but the cliffside full of lush color changing trees all the way down to the bottom where you are greeted by the simplicity of sweet Pennsylvania farmland.

Bedford, Pa is a quaint little town full of antique shops, apple orchards, campgrounds, and farmers markets. Their only real claim to fame aside this festival, which closes the majority of the streets down in order to line the town with craft vendors, is a giant coffee pot shaped old time lunch stand from 1927, which Starbucks tried to buy but failed because they wanted to move the building, and you just don't move a giant coffee pot, particularly when its a historic landmark! Anyways, the Fall Foliage Festival is HUGE, with hundereds of crafters and artisans - basically my kind of heaven, although I admit its all mostly country/primitave in style.

The pics (which pretty much blow because I only had my cell phone camera) are of an old time "apple smasher", as my dad used to call it when I was a little and he used to bring me to the Fall Foliage Festival. Its a BIG machine, from the 1800's I'm guessing, that smashes apples down and makes the best fresh apple cider that you have ever tasted in life! Its that good! And there is also an amazing picture of some wonderfully handpainted wooden Russian Matryoshka dolls that I had to sneak and take because the lady had a No Pictures sign up - see crappy cell phone cameras are awesome for those incognito photos, even if your non-observant husband blows your cover by saying "Hey, I thought you weren't supposed to take pictures." But its ok, I have no intention of ripping her idea off, I just thought the dolls were precious and reminded me of the Matryoshka nesting dolls my Grandmother gave me when I was a little girl.

All in all it was a glorious autumn day - the kind that makes it all worth while. The crisp chill in the air, the beautiful colors of the leaves, the small town charm, and being able to share it all with someone that I love. Now thats living ♥


Christopher And Tia said...

I love this post. A lot.

Lesley of Banana Pants Clothes said...

Sounds like a great time. :)

We're still waiting for fall to get here.

ElegantSnobbery said...

You rebel you, taking the photo when you shouldn't!!

I wish I had a Fall Festival to go to! How awesome! Texas still thinks it is summer, and then one day winter will hit in the form of an ice storm... and then it will go back to summer the next day. The weather here is weird. But I do love Fall, so I can live vicariously through your photos!

Anonymous said...

You are so cute. I wish you and I lived closer... we are so alike.

Glad you had fun this weekend.

ara133photography said...

Oh my gosh, we missed it!!! :( My husband and I meant to go this year, we've never been. It looks fabulous, sounds like you had a lovely fall day!!

We went to the Poconos for the first time a few months ago so we might do some fall hiking there next week.

Have you ever been to (and I'm going to misspell this!) Ligonier days? I think that is a fall festival as well!