I’ve heard this refrain in many versions.
Too Early or Late for fall color?
“What if I’m too early (or late) for fall color, What can we do to ensure we don’t miss the peak fall foliage?”
The answer no one wants to hear question is this. If Mother Nature is determined to upset your plans, then there is nothing I can say or do to help you. (or me)
What you CAN do
So you made the best guess possible and let’s face it we’re all guessing when it comes to the fall colors. So my question is, are you an option 1 or option 2, kind of traveler? leave a comment below.
Option 1: Cry about it and sulk, ok so this isn’t a great solution but I’m sure we’ve all taken this route when things didn’t go our way. But since most of you are not kids anymore, let’s try option 2
Option 2: Make other plans and have a backup plan. I know you want to see the pretty fall colors but sometimes it just doesn’t go our way. So you can do what I’ve learned to do. I listen to Lisa (my wife) and go see/do something else.
Believe it or not, New England has a few more things to see or do than just fall foliage. A short list would encompass things like History, covered bridges, waterfalls, mountains, cows, lobster rolls, antique diners, meeting houses and yes I could go on.
This past week I didn’t find any great fall colors, so I went and got out my to-do list. Do you have one of these? It’s a list of things that Lisa or I make all during the year. This past Wednesday we cleared three off our lists (two off of mine and one off of hers).
Finding the A.M. Foster Covered Bridge
It’s 20 September and we are up in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont. We went up to Long Pond in the morning and then drove over the long pond road to Newark pond and Bald Hill Pond. Normally when I mention these things, it’s because all of you can do it. Well let’s change that to You could do it but I do NOT recommend it. It’s rough and tight. So unless you bring a jeep or truck, I would NOT do it again… You’ve been warned…
We came over Route 2 from Danville to find the A.M. Foster covered bridge. We made a right onto Route 15 at Joes Pond (at the right conditions it is a very scenic location. We continued to until we hit 215 and headed towards Cabot. Now the map book (not even the Gazetteer tells exactly where to look for this covered bridge) So we are driving along it when I see a dirt road on the left (did I mention, I love dirt roads?) It’s the Bayley Hazen Rd. For some reason, I decided to take it away from our objective, the A.M. Foster.
Well, there are several farms along it and it comes out on Cabot Plains road. We turn to the right and I pull over because there is a beautiful little one-room schoolhouse, the Walbridge school dated 1863.
Cabot Vermont is famous for Cheese
I looked around and we took Cabot plains road back to where it joins with Route 215 and ended up in Cabot. No covered bridge, somehow we missed it. Maybe you know why I missed it already.
Well, have you been to the Cabot creamery? Pull into their parking lot and take their free tour which ends at the, you guessed it, the gift shop. But their gift shop has a table with ALL their different cheeses to sample. 🙂
So we since we had already done the tour, we went straight for the samples. After savoring the delectable cheeses we bought a few blocks of cheese and a mug and some chipotle jam and headed to the checkout.
I took a chance and asked the clerk if she knew where the covered bridge was. She said it was on the Cabot Plains Road??? and she said: “if you got to the schoolhouse, you went too far“. Well we drove back looking, oh so very closely and we find ourselves arriving at the schoolhouse, when I suddenly see on the rise ABOVE the schoolhouse, you guessed it, the A. M. Foster covered bridge.
We traveled up the road and pulled off and parked and I proceeded to record it for posterity. I wouldn’t have stayed as long as we did, except the sky was pretty cool with puffy clouds and maybe in a week or three, I’ll make it back there when the far hills are crimson and gold.
Now, this didn’t end our days exploring and we headed back through Danville VT to Saint Johnsbury and the… But that is for another time… 🙂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.