Well the weekend arrived and I only went out once. I was ready to say the colors have been retired but I was wrong. I’ve only seen a few fall color reports on the Fall foliage Facebook page but for those still roaming the backroads, there is still a lot of late fall foliage to be found.
Lisa and I drove up to the Robert Frost farm just outside Derry NH. The house is closed for the season but we walked one of the trails behind the house.
Along I-93 the trees are mostly bare or faded. but when we got off the highway and made our way over to Route 28 and the Robert Frost farm, we were seeing past peak color but very nice color all the same.
Mary Ann’s Diner in Derry
After we left the Frost farm, we headed into Derry for lunch. Lisa and I are drawn to old style diners. We found Mary Ann’s Diner. Fifties and sixties music is played and when we got in there, we sat down, in a big comfortable booth, to the Beach Boys. They only serve breakfast on the weekends but the breakfast menu is large and we gave our afternoon breakfast, high marks.
Everywhere we went today. from Derry to Atkinson NH we saw amazing colors. we stayed on Island pond road and then Providence road, Sawyer road.
When we passed the Atkinson Country Club, I had to stop and photograph the covered walking bridge they have between the back 9 and the front 9 holes. The colors were quite bright across the golf course.
Farm driveway lined with maples
Then I came to something I’ve been waiting for years to happen. Near my sisters house a farm that raises beef cattle and they planted years ago, maple trees along their driveway . When I first saw it, it was just a white fence and not much to look at. but when they planted rows of maples, I got interested. So for the past 10 years, I’ve been watching them get bigger and each fall I waited for them to turn color.
They are just about peak but even if they haven’t all turned, they are quite beautiful, all the same..
Where to look this week
If you are out this week, wandering the backroads of New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Connecticut and Rhode Island, I would look at areas near water because those areas turn later. from there work your way out until you find color. Also get a good map book (As I always tell you) and look for things that interest you.
If you get to a promising area, stop! Yes stop. Look for a general store or anyplace where you can talk to someone who lives around there. I guarantee they will be happy to tell you about the history of their town and great places to view foliage.
Possible damaging rain coming
It looks like we’ll be seeing a good bit of rain move through the area on Wed/Thursday so after that we may lose a fair bit of the colorful leaves. I may have to try to sneak on more trip in this week, so we’ll see what happens
I’ll be up in Vermont for Halloween so I don’t think I’ll see much in the way of fall colors, so be sure to hit the Facebook page and post what you find!
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