Envision Mexican history as a wild tide rushing in from the east, but not only heading west but north and south, too. Then, complicating matters, that tide retreats leaving spots of settlement, then rushes in again, spreading about only to repeat the process dozens of times. How does one logically explain such a country’s history or discern if these tides have even yet settled? Lake Chapala through the ages could have been a wild, sprawling, confusing book to match her nation’s history, but it’s not. Author Tony Burton managed to accomplish a great amount of order in this 500 year historical review.
Each year thousands of leaf peepers tumble into their cars and head north toward the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to be dazzled by fall foliage displays. Highways become clogged, restaurants are filled to overflowing, hotels are sold out and prices are at their max.
This year we have a smarter suggestion for you, instead of heading north, point your car toward central Massachusetts and discover the beauty of ancestral farms, hillsides awash with fall colors and small towns chock full of farm stands, art, music, history and artisan craft shops. Fall foliage is just as brilliant in this verdant region, but you’ll miss the annoying crowds.