A great local back road ride is along Birch Mountain Road, off Route 94, in East Glastonbury. This narrow road winds through beautiful dense woodland, and as we drove along during the mid-morning hours we were able to see the changing leaves at their best. Orange and russet leaves were scattered across the pavement and many more drifted slowly down from all the trees closely lining the roadway. At some point we passed the Bolton town line, and the road was now called Villa Louisa Road, a stark contrast in names.
Shortly past the Bolton town line is a small pond set at the edge of a wild meadow. In the summer we enjoyed walking around the pond because it was so peaceful and quiet, the only sounds were buzzing insects and the gentle breeze rustling the thick grasses and weeds that surround the pond. Now, in the fall, we enjoyed the crisp morning air and the crunch of dry leaves beneath our shoes, along with bright colors that could be seen on some of the trees that sit at the edge of the meadow.