I am usually the kind of person that observes the changing of the leaves around me, casually. I don’t ordinarily go looking for “peep shots” personally, but I do like driving aimlessly in the Finger Lakes with my family. We just so happened to wander aimlessly last weekend, on the Western side of Yates County near Canandaigua Lake in the town of Middlesex.
So call me a leaf peeping adventurer, I guess.
Our intent was to investigate Spook Hill, in person. I’d only read, and written about it. I will share a post about the spooky occurrence (which is very real!) later. But as the name suggests, Spook Hill is a hill. And so once we found it, we went up it. And up. And up. And up some more.
And then, we were in the middle of nowhere on a “Seasonal Use” road (those are the best!) that didn’t seem to end. It just wound up and up and up.
We found a gaggle of turkeys. There were several in the road, who quickly joined the several dozen in the woods. They wanted nothing to do with us, despite my hubs best attempt at a Turkey call (or something?).
We finally made it up to a clearing, and stopped to take a photo.
I even downloaded an elevation app right there on top of Yates County (the cell reception is incredible up there, even with AT&T!) and found we were up at 1891 foot at the highest spot on the road (I guess I took the screenshot in a pothole). (Sidenote, believe it or not this isn’t the highest elevation in Yates County. I’ll tell you about that one later, too).
New York State says we’re in the midst of “Just Changing” state of fall foliage. Pictured here is a graphic from iloveny.com: New York State Fall Foliage “Just Changing” in the Finger Lakes (map updated 9/25/13).
So what does “Just Changing” Look like in the heart of the Finger Lakes? Well, like this: