Empire Strikes Back

Maple Lane, Empire Mine SHP, Grass Valley (11/28/20) Steve Arita

As he vowed this week, color spotter Steve Arita returned to Empire Mine State Historic Park, to see if Maple Lane (his name for the path of maples leading to Empire Cottage) was finally at full peak.

For padawans who haven’t had the chance to visit this extra-beautiful terrestrial location, Steve wrote, “Maple Lane is still only half its length at peak, the other half is oddly still green to lime green.” State Park rangers told Steve that “this has been an odd year, usually all the colors go off at the same time,” sorta like a Death Star blowing up.

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