This mid-week journey started out in frustration and even today had me ready to turn my Arboreal Oracle badge in. If you ever wonder if I can get in a funk over not finding any fall colors (You can just ask Lisa) so she digs into a gazetteer and finds some new for me to photograph.
I’ve told you a million times if you are not finding fall color, then go look for something else, until you do find some! Today, I photographed hay bales, and then Lisa directed us towards a new covered bridge with a bright yellow ash tree over it, along with a twisty road and horse under fall colors.
Another 512 miles this weekend. (my days off are Wed/Thur as a National Park Ranger). I just created my 2018 Fall Foliage calendar, please click the link to go pick one up!
12 Oct Fall Foliage Report
Then up Route 100 and down again. We went over Route 125 to Route 7 and we saw a little fall color near Middlebury but not what I was hoping for. She came up with a plan for heading to Bristol VT and then over to New Haven on 17 and then take it over the Green mountains to come out in Mad River Valley (Ski resort).
Well, to start off it wasn’t much but all of a sudden there were some bright trees here and there and I started to see bright colors on the hills above. Soon between the trees, I could see an entire hillside in bright peak colors. A road came up and it was Lafayette and then, a cross street, Robert Young rd.
You know me, I love a dirt road leading through colorful trees and then down the hill was a farm with a big grey barn. A wall of peak fall color, but not bright color rose up behind the farm and I enjoyed it. As would you all. We drove the rest of the way up Lafayette but the road ended, so we turned around and got back on 17.
This road is the second most twisty road in Vermont by my book. It leads up to Molly Stark Mountain and Little Molly Stark with a Notch between them for you to pass through. Below the highest point is a small pond with walls of fall colors rising up to the heights. But as you can see the colors were past peak.
I will state for the record that we saw peak several times on Wednesday/Thursday but except this one time on Route 17, it was always dark reds and yellows. Folks I hate to tell you but this is still peak and yes, you have now seen peak if you have never before. Yes, it does get better in past years but it may not this year unless we get lucky.
So, get out there and enjoy what you do find! I did (Thanks to my lovely wife). Remember you just never know what you will find when you least expect it.
Where to look this weekend
I would hit Conway and down 16 to Tamworth and into the Lakes Region in New Hampshire. I’m hoping the colors will perk up a bit down that way.
In Vermont, I would obviously check Route 17 between Bristol and Waitsfield. I would also travel along Route 7 and nearer to Lake Champlain as those colors have yet to turn fully. If you haven’t visited the Shelburne Museum (Near Charlotte) and it’s well worth your time.
In Maine, I think Rangeley “should” be coloring up and over to Mexico and maybe even Coos Canyon on 17. I don’t have any good intel on the Maine areas but these areas should be getting some color.
In Massachusetts, I think it might be a nice time to ride the Mohawk Trail (Route 2 between Concord and North Adams). Again let me know what you find since I’ll be heading that way next Wednesday.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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