Modern Living: Foliage Freaks

"Enjoy, the beauty of New England on a fall foliage tour," exhort the travel brochures, conjuring up visions of rustic splendor only hours away from the seasonless megalopolis. All too often, city folk who drive to the rural areas of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine in search of autumn find each other instead. The once solitary experience of watching the leaves turn color has become a mass spectator sport in the Northeast.

Lines of out-of-state cars this fall sped past blazing vistas along the highways, then spilled onto narrow country roads, causing...

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