Yesterday we spent in Provincetown, fortunate that the weather cleared leaving a brisk, breezy, sunny day. We drove along the National Seashore, climbed the Pilgrim Monument — the tallest all-granite structure in the US, it claims; from the top one can see the towers of Boston, 42 miles to the northwest — and shopped the shops and galleries of Commercial Street. Today was a drive through New England countryside: back around the Cape, up through Massachusetts with a layover hike around Walden Pond, then into New Hampshire a ways before crossing on route 101 through Keene into Vermont, where we landed at a homey bed & breakfast near Chester. The good weather is persisting, and several people have remarked that the foliage color shift is actually a bit late this year, so rather than being 2 or 3 weeks late to see it, we’re fortuitously right about on time. Tomorrow we plan more driving through Vermont, then down to the Berkshires back in Massachusetts, a stop in Albany to send my partner on a flight home (he has to be back for work and then a family trip to China next weekend), before I arrive in Saratoga Springs Tuesday night.