By the time Hurricane Sandy slammed Connecticut, she'd been downgraded to "post-tropical storm," but the impacts of this hybrid superstorm that earned its "Frankenstorm" nickname were severe, especially along the Long Island Sound shore. Here in my Hartford suburb, we lost power for just over 24 hours, but the lights came back on early this morning, and blue sky is peeking through in this final view of the fall foliage outside my window. While the tall trees in my yard are bare, amazingly, there are still a few colorful low-lying leaves that held on through near-hurricane-strength gusts. It seems fitting, considering the surprising season it's been, and I hope this scene inspires you to plan a 2013 New England fall foliage trip
. Thank you for sharing another autumn season with me!
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