Hi Texas Tim: Honestly, I don't think anyone would go out on a limb this early in the game to give an accurate or even a "guestimate" answer to either of your questions. We just started the month of August, and although we typically see these early signs of fall at the end of July/early August as a norm, August can be a brutally hot month. It can slow an early progression down considerably. I think we can rely on our local VTer's to give their best wager on the foliage somewhere around the second or at least by the third week of September. Watching how September unfolds is the best way to give anyone a handle on the quality of foliage, at least for Vermont.
As for your second question, timing. That ties in directly to my first response. I always propose that the last week of September through Columbus Day Weekend is the best period for travel in Northern and Central Vermont for finding great foliage. I know nothing of New Hampshire timing. Perhaps someone who travels there can chime in.............
I know these may not be the answers you are looking for right now and especially since you are traveling such a long distance from Texas (your other continent
). I know you have your lodging secured from your last post. That's great!
I also hope my timing is good but it is a gamble every year. Wind, rain, drought, early frost, cool nights and warm, sunshiny days, etc. are all in Mother Nature's hands. Last year was spectacular, let's hope for a repeat!
Does anyone else have any thoughts on the subject?