October 1, 2020
On October 1 – Oct. 27 we left Phoenix, AZ on a 5900 mile round trip to Western New York to visit relatives and photograph the fall foliage. We traveled in a Mercedes Sprinter Roadtrek Van to safely travel in a self contained unit. We did not have to interact with people and had all our own food. We were able to get into NY during a short period when Arizona people did not have to quarantine for 14 days.
We had a bit of bit of bad luck from the very first night in Albuquerque, NM, when the heating unit did not work. We had sleeping bags and by the third night had a space heater to warm things up with low temperatures in the 40s and even the last night at 30. We stayed with relatives about half of the time. We entered the west end of NY and traveled south beside Lake Chautauqua.
We continued and followed some roads in Amish country near Randolph, NY.
The funniest encounter was with a young man coming down the road and then pulling up next to what looks like an outhouse, but look closely at the little blue sign on the pole above the roof – it’s a phone booth!
For more photos of fall foliage please click below.
Our route than took us to Allegheny State Park. We found a covered bridge with some bright red leaves.
By this time it was getting late so we overnighted in an RV park near Ellicottville. The following morning we followed route 219 and 240 north and found quite a bit of color.
We found a waterfall in Colden, NY and Tannery Falls south of East Aurora right alongside of a bridge.