Well Leaf Peepers, the Columbus Day weekend is upon us and for those who are up north wanting last-minute words, here is what we saw on 7 October 2016! Ok, Actually the first picture is all you leaf peepers heading up I-93 and if you saw someone waving from the southbound lane in a white sedan, Yes that was me! Oh for those who care Lisa was taking this because NH and VT are a no touch your device while driving state!. 🙂
Lisa and I left the house at 5AM and arrived at Woodstock VT at dawn. We drove up to the Sleepy hollow farm on cloudland road and not for the first time my jaw hit the dirt.
Vermont and Cloudland road
Cloudland road is just north of Woodstock VT in the town limits of Pomfret VT. Read my article from last year on finding it. But I have to say that the Sleepy Hollow farm may have a few more days to go before it’s really colorful. Where my jaw hit the ground was down the road from the farm.
The foggy mist was filtering between the trees and the sun was just cresting the hills to my right and it really set off the scene.
I’m not going to post a dozen pictures (sorry) I need to get to bed because I have to get up early in the morning for work. So here is a listing of roads we hit. From Cloudland road we hit:
- Pomfret road (great color)
- Howe rd (great color)
- Allen rd (great color)
- Maple Grove farm (great color)
- East Barnard (great color)
- Broad Brook rd (great color)
- Tower rd (great color)
- Barnard and the Barnard general store for a great breakfast. (great color on Silver lake)
You’ll sense a theme here, great color all through these areas. IT WAS NOT PEAK! but remember anything above 50-75% is awesome in my book!
Northfield to Route 100
A little after this we got on Route 12 and Northfield VT. We hit:
- I did see a lot of color in Northfield but that is by my standard. The average person would think it was very nice.
- We headed through the Northfield fall covered bridges and stopped at the Cox brook covered bridge which looked nice but is definitely better photographed in the afternoon.
- We headed from there, up towards Stowe and Smugglers Notch.
- When we were south of Stowe the color on the west side of the road was wonderful but the color on the east side of the road was decent… So don’t look to the east
- From there we hit:
- Route 15
- A slight detour took us into Cabot creamery and several blocks of Cabot cheese bought.
- Took a short cut to Route 2 and you can check the name of that road in your Gazetteers.
- Went past Joe’s pond and while the color was nice it wasn’t nice enough for me to stop.
- We hit Wolcott and the color was fantastic at the Fisher train covered bridge
- We kept pushing to the East and New Hampshire
We caught I-93 and took that south to 302. I will have to say that Twin Mtn was gorgeous and most of 302 was between 50-to 75% towards peak.
We headed south till we almost got to Conway but due to traffic concerns we headed up Bear Notch Rd. From there we caught the Kanc (route 112) east to Lincoln. The route shows the Kanc mostly at 75% towards peak and a few spots along the road at 100% of peak.
From Lincoln I stopped at Dunkin Donuts (I really needed a potty break!)
From here we hit Route 93 south for home.
By the time I got to Waterville Valley we saw very little color down to Concord. The funny part is that we saw very bright color in the southern parts of New Hampshire along Route 93. I figure it must be the drought making the trees turn early.
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