Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

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Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby CGandolfo » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:42 pm

Well, I grew up in the northeast but have been living in FL for the last 25 years. I have never been to Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine in my 57 years on this earth!! That is all about to change on Oct 7th, as I check off one of my bucket list items.

I had a major wake up call in life when I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in May of this year. I had my prostate removed just 7 weeks ago and made a promise to myself that I would start working on my bucket list if all went well, fall in New England being the top item!! My surgery was successful and as of right now, the prognosis is very good, with no signs of it having spread.

I made my reservations late but successfully. I will be in Pike, NH from 10/7 thru 10/9, Montpelier, Vermont from 10/9 thru 10/13 and in Portland, ME from 10/13 thru 10/20. I am also a landscape photographer and my goal, while in Vermont, is to find quaint backroad drives, with a yearning to shoot old barns/pastures and any other "off the beaten path" places. I realize I may be too late to find prime foliage in the highlands so I may concentrate on the valley area if need be.

I'd LOVE any information other members would have about these goals. Most of the posts I have been reading are now concentrated on the upper reaches of the state for peak color. Am I going to be too late for even the lower elevations?

Thank you all in advance.
Carl


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Re: Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby bm » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:21 pm

Welcome Carl! Congrats on kicking the big C!
I think your dates are going to be just fine in the valleys. Not sure what upper elevations will look like by then.
I would suggest checking out Peacham while you are in the area. Molly's Pond along Route 2 in Cabot is a great photography spot. I really like East Hill Road in Calais.
Near Pike NH Route 5 in Newbury and Newbury village are picturesque.
Pick up a road atlas that shows the back roads - Delorme or Jimapco are good ones and don't be afraid to get lost! If you don't have one yet check the Hannaford grocery store in Bradford or Walmart in Woodsville NH.
Have fun and feel free to post questions/observations during your stay!

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Re: Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby CGandolfo » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:26 pm

Thank you, on both counts!! :)
I don't have a backroad atlas but I'll see if I can find either of those two on Amazon tonight and have it for reading on the plane. CANNOT wait to arrive and see your beautiful part of the world!! Like I said, it's been a bucket list item for a LONG time. Not sure why I waited so long but it's funny how a life scare can wake up a soul!!

Carl

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Re: Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby abby » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:40 pm

Hi Carl and welcome to the forum! BM gave you some great suggestions. Also, you may want to get our own Andy's e-book which contains numerous places to photograph in VT. It's a treasure trove for sure!!!
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2920

Keep an eye on the forum as time draws near to see how the foliage is progressing. I'm excited for you. Enjoy your time!!!
Carol

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Re: Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby CGandolfo » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:01 pm

abby wrote:Hi Carl and welcome to the forum! BM gave you some great suggestions. Also, you may want to get our own Andy's e-book which contains numerous places to photograph in VT. It's a treasure trove for sure!!!
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2920

Keep an eye on the forum as time draws near to see how the foliage is progressing. I'm excited for you. Enjoy your time!!!
Carol


Thank you very much, Carol!!

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Re: Floridian in New England - Oh, My!!

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:08 pm

Hi Carl: Both Carol and BM are "local" and can give you very good information. I only visit, usually during foliage season. I can tell you all about some great places to visit, but not what the foliage conditions are.

I do want to congratulate you on your successful surgery. My dad had that done when he was 70 and recovered wonderfully. I am sure you see all the world with a new appreciation. Enjoy your trip and perhaps many more!

I too have at least partially relocated to FL. Where are you there. Are you able to escape the Hurricane?
Andy

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