Here is the broken record again. But! On the bright side Lisa my partner in fall foliage and I, did see some nice color today, read on about our…
Fall foliage report for 4 October
After driving 437 miles today I can honestly say we’re feeling our age. I used to be able to do that without blinking. But I do it for all of you as much as myself. I have a bunch of emails and FB messages all wanting the same thing, “Help us, Jeff, Where do we go?”
While the color that is out there is pretty much concentrated from the White mountains north and in certain areas of the Northeast Kingdom, it is there, BUT!
At no time did I see anything that approached peak!
Now, before you either start packing to go home or canceling your reservations you should ask yourself one question. Are you
- a hardy leaf peeper who knows that you or I can’t control the weather so we will explore, finding new sources of Maple soft serve, Cabot cheese to sample and apple cider donuts? and don’t forget the lobster rolls…
- OR are you a Fall foliage snob/photographer and you only come to see the maximum leaf potential on Gods colorful earth?
I hate to say it but I straddle the line between the two. I have been dazzled by the absolute sight of perfect fall colors so I have a hard time being amazed by anything less than perfect fall color.
But today we found Maple Grove farm and their Maple Museum. I found on Route 116 at the Easton/Franconia border a colorful hill with rolls of hay in the green field below the hill. Lastly, we went to Groton State Park VT and drove up to Owls Head Mountain road and hiked (walked) up to the scenic overlook to take in the view of Kettle Pond. (there is also a handicap accessible trail to get a really nice view of the pond). And I thought it was incredible. It might have also been the lack of oxygen from getting up the hill. Either way, it was worth it.
Here are three images for you to consider. If you are the leaf snob then you will look at these and be discouraged. If you are like me, I was ecstatic by the fall colors we did find. We realize that we didn’t see peak but that is a part of the lure of the search for New England fall foliage. Sometimes you find peak colors so bright, your eyes water and some days you don’t. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge.
I was also able to share everything with my wife. We hiked to the scenic lookout, we spent the whole day together exploring and to me that is the best part. Even though we didn’t find peak fall colors, we did share what we did find, together.
So the Easton shot is on Route 116 at the Easton/Franconia border (there is a tall sign so do go to fast). The Maple Grove Farm and museum is in St Johnsbury Vermont. (google it) and Owls Head Mountain is in Groton State Park on Route 232. Follow the signs and easy peasy you’ll be huffing and puffing to the top like I was. All I can say it was well worth it.
What lies ahead?
Will we see better or closer to peak fall colors across New England? I think we will. The 10-day forecast isn’t the best I would want. I see a few days of rain (never a good thing when we want the leaves to STAY on the trees. In many areas in Vermont like around Stowe and Woodstock, I see more than half the days are sunny or partly sunny and that is great. The lows are in the 40s which should be acceptable.
A similar story is for New Hampshire and Maine. I saw no 80s for highs and if we can stay away from those high temps then we should be ok. But there is enough rain and clouds to make it impossible to say with certainty that the colors will continue to progress the way we want.
I think they will get better but we’ll have to take each day as it comes…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.