So another week has passed and I’m afraid I’m starting to sound like a broken record…
The 28 September fall foliage report
Once again I came away with less than I hoped for but to be truthful I was not hoping for much. With the record-breaking heat, all my photographer friends across New England say that the early colors that we had been starting to see in late August and September have been turning brown and falling in large numbers. 🙁
So where does that leave us?
As you will notice in some of my image (below) that there are tinges of reds and yellows or even oranges (depends on your monitor/phone and how it renders colors). But to be sure, anywhere south of Franconia Notch in NH along I-93 was really green so I have to infer that south of Montpelier in VT and Rangeley in Maine will be about the same.
As my friend, Jim at Yankee posted in his foliage update, the color stopped producing two weeks ago which for the folks who are just coming up in the next few weeks is a good thing. Because by this next (6-9th) weekend I expect to see really good fall colors maybe even… Peak? (Ok, I’m an optimist)
Yesterday we woke up to 54 degrees (from 86 the day before) and for the entire morning in the NEK (North East Kingdom) we flirted with 60 but until we headed south is when we broke in the 60s (Franconia Notch and 70s in Massachusetts). (read below on dressing for it)
My best color of the day for Thursday the 28th was along Granby road in Vermont’s NEK.
This road which leads from the Guildhall grist mill on the Crawford farm and you travel over dirt roads through to Victory VT and end up in Burke VT, the mountain biking capital of Vermont. How can you tell? Everywhere I look where people on bikes, next to bikes looking at maps and walking in bike shorts with temps in the upper 50s.
The routes covered this week (Sept 27/28)
- Route 16 from I-95 in the south to Errol NH
- West from Errol to Dixville Notch to Colebrook
- North on 3 to First Connecticut Lake and back to Colebrook
- Stayed at Colebrook Country Club (motel – 3 out of 5 stars, clean no wi-fi)
- Travel over to Vermont and down 102 to Guildhall Vermont
- Travel west along Granby road Gristmill (article coming soon on this gem)
- Stopped at hiking trail for Cow pond (short, less than a mile in but not for inexperienced)
- Took a ride on Radar road (Do not take this! Nuff said)
- After wasting over an hour on that road we hit Burke and gassed up and got food and hit I-91 to I-93 south and went home
My suggestions for this weekend (29/1)
As I said above Granby provided the best color of the day but Pinkham Notch along Route 16 was coming along nicely and I think day by day from this point north will see better and better color but “peak” or even the best color will be Columbus Day weekend. That said I think getting out on the trails in the White mountains or over in the green mountains to places like Owls head mountain will be providing the beginnings of acceptable color.
Of course, that is more southerly, So if you stay up north around Troy Vermont on Routes 101, 242, and 58 you will find little villages, farms, and cows. (and maybe a little color) take a drive up to Jay peak and with elevation, you “should” get more color. Plus more Covered bridges…
In New Hampshire Try routes 16 to Milan and Errol, past Stark covered bridge and church on Route 110. In Groveton, you’ll find another covered bridge and then, you can head down Route 2 and continue to Jefferson and Randolph or cut south on 115A from Route 2 and catch the Pondicherry wildlife refuge (seen at left from a previous year). There is an excellent trail to walk in on but it is about 1.5-2 miles in.
Overall the 10-day forecast doesn’t at the moment cause me any concern. Some rain around Columbus Day Weekend which is not my favorite time for it to come in but remember what I say, you should always have other plans or bring a poncho and walk in the rain. (mine is on the couch behind me)
Clothing concerns and animals
Please remember that when I suggest a hike I’m assuming you are dressing for it because in many of these places a cell phone may not have a signal. So please brush up on map reading or take an orienteering course (map reading). Dress for the elements with layers. Sometimes a t-shirt and a fleece over shirt and jeans are good enough but a day pack with water, some energy bars, and a poncho or light rain jacket can be a lifesaver.
Remember! you can find the greatest fall color ever but if you don’t come back… Well, you get the picture. Lisa and I ran into a young bull moose at the edge of Cow pond and lucky for us he was young his antlers were approximately 4′ wide. But if it had been October and he was in a mating rut then he might have seen me as a rival and charged me.
Sorry no pictures, I was so amazed in seeing a moose that all I could do is say MOOSE! and he looked up and saw me whereupon HIS eyes got as big as dinner plates (just like in the cartoons) and while we didn’t hear his approach, we definitely heard him beat feet back the way he came. and then all was quiet. He was gone as quick as he showed up.
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The September winner is JoAnn Straub and that leaves one more winner in October and then I will choose the overall winner from the 10 winners from 2017 in November.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.