CTYankee and pwt54 at Lewis Pond
First of all, the roads going to the Lewis Pond Overlook are in the best condition I've ever seen. Cars will have no problem driving there.
The foliage is not good. The color is there, but it is dull. It's almost seems like the hot and dry first 3 week of September sucked all of the life from the leaves.
I picked CTYankee in Waitsfield at 9:30 am and headed north useing routes 12, 14, and 58 to Lake Willoughby. Then we took the Hinton Hill Road and the Hudson Road to rt 105 and then drove to Island Pond. We drove east to the South America Pond Road in the Wenlock State Forest. There is a sign there saying that a bridge was washed out 8 miles ahead. That was okay. We only wanted to check out the Moose Bog Trail. There is a sign and small parking area a 1/4 mile from the entrance.
Then we went to the Ranger Station/Welcome Center on rt 105. CTY was impressed! There are many exhibits and a lot of information and clean restrooms. Then we continued east on rt 105 until we went over a railroad crossing and a bridge. Right after the bridge and on the left was the Stone Dam Road. We drove that to Lewis Pond and looked around. Then we drove to the Overlook. Except for a lone tree here and there the foliage was dull. The views from the overlook were as awesome as ever. CTY had her fancy-dancy smart phone out and drained her battery taking photos.
We finally got out of there at about 4 pm and headed down to the Miss Lyndonville Diner for the only meal of the day. We had a great day even without great foliage or moose.
Today I will be taking my mother and brother to the Peacham/Groton area. Stay tuned.