The sun struggled to come out today, but ultimately lost its battle with the clouds. Errands needed to be done this morning & because of road construction, a detour had to be made. Now, there are many ways to get to where I was going, so I decided to opt out of using the detour. I made my own detour away from the confused leaf peepers lost along the way on Adirondack back roads. I went down REALLY back roads. As it turns out, it was the perfect day for a little distraction. The lighting was beautiful & highlighted the more colorful maples. I brought my camera, but decided to just soak it into my memory instead of stopping to click away. I passed old farms tucked in the hills, some still in use, others collapsed and abandoned. I daydreamed about what life must have been like for the hardy folks who made this place home in the 18th & 19th centuries. It couldn’t have been easy. Heck, it’s not easy now!