I noticed that the St. Johnsbury area is expecting 30+ mph winds. I almost threw up.
This isn't the best of news unless it means the storm is moving faster than expected and we're just getting now what we were supposed to get later (as opposed to just a lot more!)
Prayer works. Today's forecast: calm winds getting up to 7 mph later in the day. Of course, lots of rain, but I feared the high winds.
The knot in my stomach has vanished!
ETA: Burlington NWS sez:
Also not good.Have increased winds somewhat across the area 21-04z this
evening as 35-50 knots 925mb jet core moves across the area. Due to
stable boundary layer conditions...valley winds generally remain
15-25 miles per hour this evening...with a few gusts to 35 miles per hour east of the Green
Mountains that may even prove a bit high depending on stability. However...the
summits and elevated terrain with southern exposure will see some
stronger gusts possible. We will continue to monitor wind
potl...but looks below advisory at this time outside of the summits.
Took me 5 1/2 hours with 2 small pit stops. 1/2 the trip was driving rain, not tropical, but steady, then on and off, and then pouring rain. So much heavy cloud cover I could not make out the distant hills but color is definately out there peaking thru the mist and yuck.
So...... I got off exit 17 and headed out on 302 to Groton. Nice drive. Emerging color. I passed Minard Hill Road to Peacham. Big decision. To go to the Peacham Fall Foliage Festival in the rain or take 232 through the Groton State Forest. The latter won out! My gut told me to continue on and WOW, the GSF drive is at peak in 1/2 and near peak the other 1/2. This weekend is the one to go there! The drive is awesome. Then I ended up in Marshfield at route 2 and turned west and then north on 215. I have never been on this road to Cabot! Parts of 215 are at peak and it brought me to tears I was so thrilled! Even through the rain I could see the hillside with lots of oranges and golds. Passed the Cabot Creamery and continued on to route 15 West. Wolcott is nearing peak and should be the best this weekend and early next week. Last year Al and I saw tremendous color here. I love route 15!
I had lunch in a bakery/cafe in the village and now relaxing at the inn. I am exhausted!
HOWEVER, I need to go to the Johnson Woolen Mills to shop to end the rainy day excursion. I tried calling Phil's cell phone but he is hiding from me, I just know it! 5 hours of sleep and I'm rarin' to go!!!!
I don't know what Phil and I have on the tour map tomorrow as the rain has hampered two of our outdoor activities but I want to drive around Johnson, Morrisville and Elmore Mountain Road and stop at Boyden Winery.
Where are you Phil?????????????? If you are reading this please call my cell phone!!!!!!
I'm off to the Woolen Mills and old bookstore in Johnson and then back to pass out!
Stay tuned for weekend reports!
The forecast does look good for this weekend.
The Johnson Woolen Mills was so much fun. There is a craft store two stores down that is the best!!!! Going back tomorrow. (Sorry Phil, can you just wait outside five minutes???? )
I just spent an hour helping tourists from Switzerland plan their routes in the Townshend, Chester, Grafton and Newfane corridor with a side trip to the Green Mountain Sugar House and on to Weston! They were so overwhelmed with what to do and now they are excited about their day trips over the next two days! They said it rained the whole week here. I enjoyed sending them on their way to a new adventure!
bm: sorry we didn't meet up today. Just as well. See you Monday. You were the one who told me about route 215. Thank you! I saw Cabot Plains Road!!!!! Folks, this is an awesome road with long views! Take it!