New York in Autumn

By Carol at 8:33 am on Friday, November 6, 2009

autumn leaves

Fall colors were a little more diluted than usual this year in New York State, following a wet and relatively cold summer in the Northeast.

Autumn farm and hills

Fall foliage near Treadwell, New York.

Pie in the Sky

Pumpkins for sale at Pie In The Sky barn, Otsego, New York.

first fall hike

Our first fall hike was a steep walk on a snowmobile trail in Otego. Here is the group on top of the hill, ready for a well-earned picnic lunch.

Narrow Notch sign

Our second hike started at this juncture, providing another steep walk.

yellow trees

Narrow notch in the sun

dead end

This time we had a guide who knew the history of the area. At the end of the trail we piled into our cars and headed for lunch at the home of a local family.

Otsego Lake

The sun did come out for our trip to Cooperstown during Brenda’s visit. Otsego Lake was at its best, viewed from the Fenimore Art Museum, currently showing the iconic photographs of Walker Evans, from the 1930’s.

Walker Evans Photo

Photo on exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum.

Otesaga Hotel

We lunched at the Hawk Eye Bar and Grill, at the Otesaga Hotel on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown.

from the Otesaga

After lunch, we walked through the hotel grounds, adjacent to the Cooperstown golf course. We continued down the road to visit the Farmers’ Museum, where a village has been constructed with period buildings manned by reinactors. Representative farm animals are kept for demonstrations for visitors.

Farmers Museum Entrance

Entrance to the museum.

Apothecary's house

A reconstructed building in the museum village.

Farmers Museum

The village lane.


Actors preparing a meal in the farmhouse kitchen.

Farmers Museum Window

The farm house kitchen window.

cosmos and bee small

Cosmos in the garden.

Tom turkey

Tom turkey awaits his fate, in a pen fashioned by twigs.

Brenda and Sabrina

Brenda is a great second grandma! The three photos that follow are hers.

Franklin windows

The Episcopal Church in Franklin, New York.

field near Franklin

Fields and forest outside the Village of Franklin, New York.

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