My first actual New England fall foliage report for 2015! Yaaaa… 🙂
Yes the colors are behind this year we have all those folks who wanted another week or two at the beach to blame for it!
My route yesterday took us up to Franconia Notch and over to Sugar Hill, Lisbon and Bath New Hampshire. then we caught the western terminus of Route 112 and we took that back East to Lincoln and then over the Kancamagus highway. We hit Route 16 and headed south to Salem. We left at 0815 in the morning and arrived home at 1910. (7:10PM for you non-military types). 341 miles round-trip and around 11 hours later. So when you keep wondering WHY I keep saying “You can drive 300 miles in New England in a day but it will take quite a while”. This is why I think, allowing three hours for every 100 miles is a good formula.
If you have questions about my formula or why it takes that long think about this. we drove up I-93 to Franconia Notch and didn’t see a highway the rest of the day (Until portions of 16 and 95 that evening) The day was spent on town roads, broken pavement and dirt roads, average speed 15-27MPH. (more or less) And! I got out of the car to photograph things that would show you the day and what the colors look like..
Comparison Photos same day different years
As you can see from the above images, outside of the weather, cloudy versus cloudless, the amount of reds is only slightly less on the Kancamagus this year versus last year. here is a Panoramic image of the western side of the Kancamagus. This vantage point is just above the hairpin turn.
Jeff Foliage’s thoughts
Starting tomorrow and for the next 15 days we are expecting no major rains with 2/3 of these days, bright and sunny. That is also coupled with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and the lows in the mid-40s to upper-30s. (this is a sampling of town forecasts from Vermont across to Maine). Of course next weekend is supposed to be cloudy across the region (Sunday night is a Full moon AND a full eclipse) which is about my norm for photo opportunities. 🙁
BUT! this week through October 3rd is looking good and we should see a speed up in the color process. based on the current weather reports for Northern New England.
What is your definition of Peak fall foliage?
Ok, I have told you what my definition of Peak fall foliage is, (360 degrees from where you are standing, all trees that can turn, have started to, but haven’t finished yet.) and you can use that or use your own. Needless to say with mine, the number of occurrences of Peak fall colors are few.
I’ve also said that the majority of folks looking for fall colors would be ecstatic find 50% to 75% of the trees turned. If I see 75% I have a grin from ear to ear and anything above 75% would give most of you Heart attacks (Don’t go into the light!) 🙂 So that said… We ended up at Polly’s and…
Lisa and I stopped in at Polly’s Pancake parlor yesterday and the new renovations look wonderful. I know you may think Pancake Parlor and decide, that you’re not in the mood for pancakes or waffles, well I had a Ruben sandwich and Lisa had Quiche. So do stop in and enjoy a great meal, no matter what you are in the mood for! (Click the link to get directions).
Well we were talking with TJ our server and he gave me his view on what Peak fall foliage is and more importantly when you can expect it!
Images of Polly’s
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.