Article by Mary Emma Allen
|Nothing more beautiful than a
mountain cabin in fall. Photo credit Kathleen Walls
Traveling over country roads in autumn, when colorful
foliage is at its peak, provides us with an enchanting
adventure. Although the superhighways offer vibrant vistas, the
winding country roads present an interesting and relaxing way to
It's a time to go at a slower pace and explore the sights and
sounds, the byways you may not have wandered over before. The
colorful foliage offers a rich tapestry to enjoy, too.
Sometimes our travels over the back roads is by choice. Other
times it's the only way to get to our destination. Throughout
New Hampshire, where we live, there are many winding roads and
not many Interstate highways, especially as you go east to west
in the state.
country roads we get to see the small towns, the farms and
colonial homes. Stone walls line some of the roads and zigzag
along the borders of fields and pastures. Sometimes we see them
streaking across the woods beyond the road and know that the
highway once followed that route.
Colorful USA Foliage
husband's and my travels have taken us to many areas in autumn.
Throughout New England the maples flame, oaks turn deep red, and
other trees become orange, gold, and wine.
the Colorado Rockies, the aspen sway in golden dress along the
country roads. Sometimes you even may be delayed by a rancher
taking his cattle from the high country to the ranch at a lower
altitude. This experience gave us even more time to view the
Utah, there aren't so many colorful tall trees. However, the
bushes covering lower levels of the mountains provided us with
spectacular colorful views.
Ohio, when we visited our daughter at college, we found more
muted hues on the trees, but they were enjoyable just the same.
When you discover stone walls along the roads, leftover from
decades ago, the sight will take you back in history.
History of Country Roads
enjoy discovering the history of the country roads and finding
out when they first were laid out. Many followed the pathways
of the native peoples. These then were trod over by the
pioneers and became a regular route to reach towns and
villages. Later, many were paved and eventually became modern
|Hwy 129 in Union County Georgia
was once such a dirt road.
Photo credit Kathleen
live on a dirt road that once was a stagecoach byway. The road
is now dead end, culminating for traffic at our neighbor's home,
a few hundred feet beyond our driveway. You can walk further,
following the old road bed. Bikers, hikers and snowmobilers
travel this pathway and come out on a paved highway. I like to
envision the pioneers as they traversed our woods.
Making a Country Road Album
What memorable country roads have you discovered in your
travels? I've had an enjoyable time compiling an album with
pictures and memories of the country roads I've trekked and
traveled. Many of the photos were taken in autumn.
|Meeting of the Great Rivers
Scenic Byway between Alton and Grafton
would make a
great postcard. Photo credit Alton CVB
Your album may be a scrapbook, mini or larger photo album, a CD
or a slide show. Make postcards from your photos, too.
(c)2013 Mary Emma Allen
(Mary Emma Allen writes from her NH home and during her travels.
Exploring country roads and the history connected with
them has long been an interest of hers. She
also teaches classes in scrapbooking and family history