Hi, my foliage fans! I bet the title got your interest, at least a little… Today I’m taking a drive into Northern Vermont and I’ll talk about some things I never leave home without, The Farmer’s Daughter, a horse I met along the way, and a podcast.
First, my fall foliage travel tools
I will reiterate this every year, I don’t leave home without my Gazetteers and my GPS. This year, half my job is easier. My Rav4 has built-in navigation which seems to be pretty decent. My mechanic says this is a “real” GPS. If you are wondering why I say a “real” GPS, it’s because your phone is not a “real” GPS. The cell phones work by triangulating off cell towers and this works great until what? Until you get to northern VT, NH, or ME with few cell towers. (spotty cell service, so keep that in mind)
The reason I always take my Gazetteers and my GPS is that a GPS is great at telling you how to get to a known location but it’s miserable on helping with the planning (at least until the screen is 17″ by 17″). Now if they could turn the pages of a gazetteer into a giant GPS screen that tells you in the book (18″ by 16″) where you are on the map, then I would be happy. But until then, I use a Gazetteer to plan my routes and pick out points to get to. Finding a covered bridge is much easier in the Gazetteer than a GPS. Questions or comments on this? leave them at the bottom.
A Vermont back road
On Sept 25th, 2009, I drove up I-93 into New Hampshire. I skipped my usual spots and didn’t get off until I was near the Vermont border. Now I will also admit that I failed to keep good notes this trip as I was by myself and was just driving where the mood took me.
I “believe” I got off at exit 44, at the Moore Reservoir. Then I “probably” headed west by north towards Vermont. I was on a Vermont dirt back road and had just come over a hill when the sun broke through the clouds. I slowed and pulled over to look at the pastoral scene before me. Then I saw a horse in a paddock on the right ambling my way (as only a horse can do).
He stood under a tree which I noticed was full of apples, except for the lower branches where there were just bare branches. He looked at me and said, “Wilbur, please pick a few apples for me!” Well maybe that was just in my head but he seemed to be trying to will me to do so. Rule number 36, unless he/she is your animal, don’t feed them anything, without permission. (So I didn’t)
I was able to photograph him with a lot of fall foliage color from the trees behind him in the shot.
The Farmer’s Daughter
Now, this is just a guess but I think I hit Shadow Lake Road heading North by East. I then probably ended up on Route 2 in Concord and headed west. I saw the sign for the Farmer’s Daughter and just had to stop. Not because of the sign of the girl but because they said homemade fudge. There is a slew of things that I stop for, like cider donuts, coffee, and anything that starts with the words Home and made!
I explored the store and then outside where they had some heavy machinery on display. One piece was from the Erie Engine Works in Erie PA, USA, where I grew up.
Now, this doesn’t end my day but being Sept 25th there wasn’t a lot of fall color as I explored places like Lake Willoughby and over into Peacham Vermont in the NorthEast Kingdom. Then it was afternoon and I was making for Salem after a long day on the road.
Sorry, it’s not as descriptive as to roads but sometimes I used to drive and not really keep track of where I was. I figured sooner or later I would come to something that would tell me where I was. Confused by this? Read my Art of getting lost. NOT staying lost, just getting out and away from things…
Fall foliage podcast
A week back I did a podcast interview for a new podcaster out in California. April is a Photographer who has been leading guided fall foliage tours for years and she is now podcasting. (Her advertising is at the time of my pages…)
Here is the link to http://www.eyesfortheroad.com/ You can listen to it on the page of if you want you can download it to your phone or smart device and listen on the road. If you try to follow my line of thought to closely you will discover that that train of thought gets derailed a time or two. It also shows that I talk to much:-) I will try for more brevity next time…
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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.