I don’t think I’ve ever seen this area as beautiful as it was on 10/03. Most areas—with the exception of a small patch—were already sporting their yellow, orange, or red. Moreover, few trees had lost their leaves. In short, almost all the trees in the area were in their full, vibrant color—and virtually none had lost their leaves. Add in the fact that the colors were “better than average” vibrancy this year (last year was very dull), it was truly magical.