Seeing fall colors

2008 Columbus Day weekend at the Southington-Cheshire YMCA's Camp Sloper

2008 Columbus Day weekend at the Southington-Cheshire YMCA's Camp Sloper/Photo by Rhonda Lane

New England, where I live, is famous for “fall color.” Visitors that New Englanders refer to as “leaf peepers” come from all over to admire the bright display, especially when the leaves reach peak color.

In our part of central Connecticut, that’s usually around Columbus Day weekend. In Canada, that would be around Thanksgiving Day.

This year, though, the leaves “peaked” here a week late. So, I missed them.

Because, for the week of peak foliage here, I traveled in the opposite direction.

Where I saw a different range of fall colors.

No colorful panorama of orange leaves, red maples and golden oaks for me this fall.

Instead, I saw chestnut, roan, bay and dapple. Plus, jockey’s silks, white plank fences and flashing electronic tote boards.

Yes, I went to Kentucky. And I spent a little time at Keeneland during the fall meet, among other places. You’ll get to read about all of them over the coming weeks, maybe even months.

Behind Keeneland's grandstand, those who chose to watch races from the paddock area can do so on the big screen TV

Behind Keeneland's grandstand, visitors who chose to watch races from the paddock area can do so on the big screen TV

Why the blog has been quiet for a few weeks

Part of it was because of preparation for the trip , as well as the post-trip catching-up. With that in mind, I’d tried to automate the blog with posts filed but not published yet, except the publication automation didn’t work. Oops.

So, I figured I’d update the blog manually while in Kentucky, except I  had undependable online access for my first few days of the trip.

(Those of you in “location independent businesses” take note:  rural America is probably not the only place without the digital infrastructure you need. If having online access is crucial to you, make sure in advance.)

But I hate to admit that, for a while,  I didn’t mind a lack of connectivity, although I missed all my online friends.

After all, when I go on-location like that, part of me feels as if my time is better spent with “boots (more like, sneakers) on the ground,” instead of fingers pounding a keyboard.

Preview of Coming Attractions

Anyway, the past few weeks have been busy. From my usual time at The Kids Barn here in Connecticut to an afternoon working a booth at the New England Independent Bookseller’s Association convention, where I met a new horse book author, to visiting some of the iconic horse farms of Kentucky, this has been a busy fall.

In the middle of it all, Mr. Murphy threw in a bad cold just to keep me on my toes.

And the upcoming weeks will only get busier as the Massachusetts Equine Affaire and the New England Crime Bake approach.

So, stay tuned. While in Kentucky, my little Flip MinoHD camcorder and I went a lot of places. (Just FWIW, that previous link to one of my old blog posts contains an affiliate link, but it won’t suck you into something you don’t want to do, like buy something or spend money. You’re free to just look around.)

Yes, I went to Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park, but I also did some off-the-beaten track things.

  • visited an equine arts workshop.
  • browsed a tack shop that’s part museum.
  • researched in a library dedicated to The Sport of Kings.
  • enjoyed a bowl of Cheerios in a tough to find, IMO, horse-themed breakfast spot

Frankly, I have a lot of video to screen and edit, so I appreciate your patience. After all, thanks to this trip, we’ll have a lot to enjoy here during the winter months.

My biggest problem will be deciding what to post about first.

And I don’t want to overlook some of the big horse news going on now, like the upcoming Melbourne Cup and the Breeders Cup.  So, I’ll want to bring all that up, too.

As you can see, good, fun and interesting things are a-comin’.

Stick around. And tell your friends. 😉

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