"Leaf peeping" weekend

Leaf peeping  

I interrupt my series about Colorado for an actual “fall adventure”. Joan and I, and of course our dog Cooper, used the nice weather this weekend for tent camping and hiking in the Paint Creek unit of the Yellow River State Forest. This area in northeast Iowa is, like our home, located in the driftless area that escaped the glaciers during the most recent ice ages. As a result it is very hilly terrain and now known as the “Little Switzerland” of Iowa (source: Iowa DNR information map).

Crossing the creek


Beside hiking and having a good time at the campfire we were “leaf peeping” for the colors of the foliage with our cameras. Despite a couple chilly nights I don’t believe we have seen the peak of the colors yet but it is now turning yellow, orange, and red almost everywhere in the woods.

At the camp