Hikers around the Granite State are enjoying what’s left of the fall colors. One favorite viewing spot: North America’s most frequently hiked mountain.
On October’s peak foliage weekends, up to 7,000 people visit Monadnock State Park. The summit is packed—you can bump into just about anyone. Neuroscience student Maddie Diaz drove up with some PhD students from Brandeis University. She’s originally from Miami.
"This is not only my first hike, but my first opportunity to see autumn foliage," Diaz says. "Oh, the view is stunning. I've never seen colors like this before!"
Something in the sudden acute awareness of slanting, September sunlight, standing amid fallen crimson maple leaves and with long-faded hopes for a Red Sox pennant bid aggravates my annual autumn lament. Despite fall foliage which will again be absolutely gorgeous, I remain vexed.
There are only two seasons: "summer waxing" and "summer waning." The former runs January to June. The latter opens at the dying echoes of Fourth of July Fireworks and extends through December.