September is here and that means some of you are already anticipating the first rides north, (I know I am). Some of you are wondering:
How far north do I have to drive to see fall colors in September?
Well, this depends on what Mother Nature is giving us. You might also wonder what do I do when I get there? Today’s journey is going to take you to the Canadian border. I don’t mean within 20 miles, like Troy VT, I mean put one foot into Canada and the other in America. So let’s go exploring! At any time of the year it can be done but if you do this in the last week of September, you “should” be greeted by more fall colors than we found on 26 Sept.
Haskell Free Library and Opera House
We’re driving all the way to Derby Line Vermont. Before we begin I don’t want you to pull a Jeff. so have the library address in your GPS so it takes you to the front door. Lisa and I were using a paper map and got confused so I saw a left turn and took it (no signage) and stopped to read the map.
Lisa then pointed out a hundred yards ahead was the border crossing so I turned the car around and went back to the main road. There were two border guards waiting to talk to me.
They asked me what I was doing and I told them I made a wrong turn, they were not impressed by my stupidity, you see by turning down that road I had left the country… OH! and I didn’t bring my passport with me.
So they direct me to the entrance building where we pull up and explain that we got confused and they finally understood where we were going and that we were not running drugs or some other illicit activity.
We then proceeded on to the Haskell Free Library, it’s the next left after the wrong one. 🙂
Once you enter this 1900’s neoclassical building, you would think you were in any small and quaint library from either side of the border. That is until you cross the line.
Remember the border runs down the middle of the building so depending on where you are standing, you can be in Quebec or Vermont. They are more forgiving inside the building than the border patrol is outside.
I actually wanted to slide a chair over on top of the line to sit a cheek on each side of the border but sorry, no pictures of that… You’ll have to make do with one foot on each side of the border.
We wandered through different rooms with books in English and some in French. Then we started talking to one of the librarians. She said there was a free tour (for donations) and we signed up.
The Opera House
We took a winding set of stairs up from the library and we were amazed at all the architectural details in the floors, walls, and ceiling. When you finally walk out into the back of the Opera House and walk down the aisle, there are details to catch your eyes everywhere.
Newport Vermont Ciderhouse
Since there was no Opera or play scheduled for today, we headed out for lunch in downtown Newport at the CiderHouse Bar and Grill. 150 Main Street Newport, Vermont 05855.
The Burger I had was scrumptious and the French Fries were perfect. We both had a glass of hard cider and it had a very nice flavor and it complimented the meal perfectly.
Soon we were on the road in search of more scenes but since this was still early in the fall foliage season, we had to be happy exploring the Haskell Free Library and a great lunch and next week? Well, that is a story for another time.
Quick Fall Foliage Report!
I just called the library up and asked the librarian if there were any fall colors yet? Nope! not hardly any colors as of yet. A few more weeks I was told. There go those early fall colors we were planning on…
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