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I just got back from a three-week vacation to the East Coast. While traveling I did send in a column introducing a new weed series I plan to start. But this will be my first column since returning home.

It has been great to live a life with few cares for everyday events and chores. I did not miss the incessant political ads and phone calls. Nor did I miss seeing emails or receiving phone calls. But now I am staring at over 300 emails and wondering what I should do first.

While on vacation we traveled over 6,000 miles spending much of our time in areas where roads traveled through tunnels of trees. If you are the least bit claustrophobic, this would not be good for you. We spent time in Cass, W.Va., riding old steam logging trains. Time in Richmond, Va., was spent visiting with relatives and seeing the sights.

As we traveled up the coast to Connecticut, I marveled at the number of cars on the road and all the toll roads we had to traverse. We spent time at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., where I spent my time on active duty with the Navy. Then we visited Mystic Seaport where my wife served as a docent while I served Uncle Sam.

In Massachusetts we walked the Freedom Trail in Boston while visiting my sister and her husband. We then traveled to Maine via New Hampshire, where I attended the National Narrow Gauge Convention. (Yes, I claim model trains and especially narrow gauge steam trains as one of my hobbies.) We visited and rode dinky little trains that once plied rails spaced two feet apart (standard gauge rail is 4 feet 8 inches apart).

Last but not least, we visited Niagara Falls State Park on the way back home. The picture I am providing does not do it justice! So much water falling so far. Yes, we rode the Maid of the Mist boat into the falls and got very wet, in spite of the provided rain ponchos.

All in all, it was a great vacation with lots of distracting activities to keep us busy. There were lots of unfamiliar trees, bushes and flowers to be seen. Lots of weeds, too, but many were the same ones we have. Not so the kudzu. Thank goodness we don't have this one. I saw an abandoned car almost disappearing under a tangle of kudzu.

We were so glad to get back to the openness of the west where there is low humidity air to breathe and you aren't pressured by the throngs of people and endless lines of cars and trucks. But it is now time to get back to my garden chores and writing this column. I promise the next column will be on the first weed of my weed series. Don't forget AppleFest in Cedaredge Oct. 1 and 2. The tree board and master gardeners will be sharing an information booth. Stop by with your questions and say hi.

Jim Leser retired to Cedaredge in 2007 after a career with Texas A&M University Extension in entomology. He is a member of the Cedaredge Tree Board and a Colorado Master Gardener.

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