Labor Day weekend = Kids are back in school … Vacation’s over and you have to head back to work … Life in Waterville Valley slows down for just a minute before it ratchets back up again for fall foliage and Columbus Day weekend – the REAL last hurrah of summer.
I spent the three-day Columbus Day weekend showing off Waterville Valley to new friends, dining out with old friends, entertaining family, hanging out with my children, cleaning up my perennial gardens, and shopping for a road bike for my daughter (at 2012 close-out prices – YES!).
It’s funny how a rainy Columbus Day doesn’t dampen spirits half as much as a rainy 4th of July! An uncooperative Mother Nature is just par for the course in October, and knowing that snow will be falling soon, it’s almost like you’re driven to enjoy every minute of the great outdoors – rain or not.
My husband Harry and I were in the Town Square on Saturday afternoon with our friends Kurt and Diane. Considering the weather, a surprisingly big crowd gathered under the tent and under the covered walkways for the annual Fall Foliage Festival. We watched Juggling Jim and his one man circus perform in the pouring rain. When Juggling Jim asked for a volunteer from the audience to help him perform a trick, a young girl eagerly raised her hand and sprinted happily into the downpour to be Jim’s sidekick!
After enjoying a cup of coffee at the Blue Moon Cafe and doing some window shopping in Town Square, we hopped in my car to head back to our house.
But, our rainy day excitement wasn’t over yet.
We closed out a perfect, albeit wet, day in Waterville Valley with a moose sighting on Route 49. Although I’ve seen lots of moose in my lifetime, I still had to stop my car and join the dozens of other gawkers as we watched the moose curiously watch us.