But I found just as much splendor at my final stop, Vogel State Park, where my breath was snatched away by the radiant fall colors reflected in the mirrorlike water of Lake Trahlyta. The mesmerizing scene lured me too long, and I had to drive home in the dark on twisting mountain roads.
I’m going out on a limb, but I predict there’ll still be good fall color this weekend in the mountains at lower elevations. At high elevations (above 3,000 feet), the colors may be slightly past their prime, but still worth a look.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The Leonid meteor shower, visible next week, will peak at a maximum of 20 meteors per hour on Wednesday night in the northeast. The moon will be full on Friday, Nov. 19. A partial lunar eclipse will be visible beginning at 2:18 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Venus is high in the west around dusk. Jupiter and Saturn are in the west at dark.
Charles Seabrook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.