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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2008
2:20 PM

Post #5740039

...you like to be a peeper too?

I was so looking forward to a trip to the NE just in time for leaf peeping. My DH's client opted for meeting via satellite, sigh...maybe next year.

great article
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

November 1, 2008
5:24 PM

Post #5740504

I always thought leaf-peeper was kind of an odd term. To me peeping implies something done stealthily and something that you would be ashamed if others knew that you did it.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2008
5:29 PM

Post #5740514

It is a very strange term, indeed. Kelli, thanks for the picture, and there are zillions more all over DG and even a few more I was planning to squeeze in - I didn't realize this was scheduled for today!

Thanks for commenting, folks!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

November 1, 2008
5:50 PM

Post #5740577

My pleasure to let you use the picture - anything to show that there are real things here, not just silicone and bleached blonds.

When I was growing up, I was under the impression that colorful fall foliage was only in the NE US, and that PA's was the best of all. Sounds like chamber of commerce indoctrination. Now that I've lived out west, I've seen fall color in CA, AZ, NM, NV, ID, and WY. None match the variety and extent of a good New England year, but there is fall color. I have even seen a picture of fall color in South America.

Are the tourists enough to effect the traffic where you live?

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #5740685

Not as long as I stay off the highways! In other words, YES, I would not plan a trip to NE during October; there is a LOT of traffic all of a sudden. I live near enough to Boston that nobody comes here exactly to "leaf-peep" but the whole region is clogged during the "season."
Harmonyplace

(Zone 7b)

November 1, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #5740745

Thanks for useing my photo if you ever see any of mine you would like to use just ask.


It's a big deal here in Georgia to go to the mountains and see the colors.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2008
7:22 PM

Post #5740755

Thank you for posting it where I could find it! Do you call it leaf peeping down there?
Harmonyplace

(Zone 7b)

November 1, 2008
7:25 PM

Post #5740762

No Most folks just say we goin to the mountains to see the leaves.

I have never heard the term leaf peeper used here but there could be some northern transplants here who say it.



This message was edited Nov 1, 2008 2:04 PM

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2008
7:36 PM

Post #5740779

That is very interesting to me! Here we have "LEAF PEEPING TOURS" and so on. It's shoved down your throat!
Harmonyplace

(Zone 7b)

November 1, 2008
8:05 PM

Post #5740855

I don't think their are tours here least not that i've heard of.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #5740888

Oh, there are here, for sure.
binibusybee
Osgoode, ON
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #7185777

As Kelly said in her reply - the word peeping has sneaky undertones. Perhaps the advertising gurus have deliberatly choosen a 'naughty' word to create interest?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #7185878

Here in New Hampshire it works!!!! A lot of our economy is based on the seasons and fall is one of the best ones. And then there is skiing in the winter, camping in the summer and to top it off there is mud season in the spring. I love them all...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #7185956

Barb, in the fall, there are no bugs and you don't freeze! But I agree, "peeping" does have sneaky, illicit undertones and that's a good point.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2009
7:59 PM

Post #7187118

OH! Mud Season! Gotta make my reservations now! Ummm, maybe not... ;-)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 19, 2009
8:50 PM

Post #7187343

Kelli, you don't know what you're missing!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #7187433

I don't need to go to the mud. If there is any mud, it will find me. If I didn't know and had to guess, I'd say my Chinese zodiac was Year of the Pig. (actually, it's Dragon)
jhscarborough
Banner Elk, NC

October 20, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #7189347

I try to stay home when the leafers are out. We have swarms of them here clogging the highways and byways. On weekends, which the pesky varmints seem to be attracted to, it's easier to go shopping after sunset.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2009
12:17 PM

Post #7189419

LOL!
Petalpants
Corpus Christi, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #7205259

Carrie, 'Mud Season'? I assume it's because you have a rainy Spring? Hence, the mud?! Do you have special things going on, like Mud-throwing contests or mud-wrestling, or what? I've never been to MA in any season, but I'd love to travel up the East Coast someday; I'd be another Tourist jamming your roads, Ha! =)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #7206335

I think "mud season" was in NH, Petal, we have "wet spring" in MA. March showers, April showers, May showers, and June showers. But we'd ;ove to have you any time; come on up!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2009
9:30 PM

Post #7207519

How very true Petal. Our mud season is in the spring and does seem to be confined to north of MA. We are quite rural in the northern two-thirds of the state and many of our roads are unpaved. This is where the term "Mud Season" comes in. When it snows and ice forms on the dirt roads, many is the time tires will dig a rut to get traction. This then fills with water from melting snow which in turn turns to the dreaded MUD. To live or drive some of these roads without having four-wheeel drive is just plain foolish!! But the towns do a pretty good job of trying to keep the roads smooth and we are used to it. I still wouldn't live anywhere else. With tongue in cheek I still say "Come on up!!!"
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 28, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8827819

Although I would love to see New England in the fall, I refuse to embrace the term 'leaf peeper' - it's just plain silly. I also love the PNW fall colors - red maples and yellow shrubs set off against our evergreens. Gorgeous in a different way than the massive hardwood forests. Autumn is my favorite season, and I'm sure it has beauty is all regions.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8829684

I agree that the term "leaf peepers" is extremely silly! I don't use it. Only the weather forecasters can do it with a straight face. And I agree that every region's autumnal changes are lovely in their own way. Thanks for your comment.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8830168

I suppose you wouldn't like the term "two-planker" for the skiers either????
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8830309

Hmmm, never heard that one and I've skiied my whole life. Perhaps it's a regional term. I have noted that skiiers now 'ride' rather than 'ski' - a term introduced by snowboarders.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8834220

Only cross-country skiied - well, I tried, once, in a new, un-washed pair of blue jeans. Result: big splotches of blue all over the snow from everywhere I fell over. Anyway, "two-plankers" is a perfect term because I never learned to ski. Got anything for tennis players?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8834484

Achy-armers?????

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 3, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8834963

*hah!*

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