Live life as if each day is your last!
When one of them came down last week (in his shiny new vette) I promised him no dirt roads at his insistance. Unfortunately, I forgot that Canaan Mountain Road and Undermountain Road out of Norfolk were dirt. It didn't go well but we survived! Then we met up with some major road repair with LOTS of trucks on Undermountain Road. The dirt road was a mess. UGH. How would I have known? Until we were cleared for a go ahead, I was pretty worried we would bottom out. Well, he did go right to the car wash when he got back to NH.
They are coming in a Jeep next time!!!
Aren't you headed to Warren soon????
I have some great loops that I will post for those folks who want to experience CT foliage. Stay tuned!
(Meanwhile, I'm still tooling around Vermont!)
Upper Bolton Pond:
If you get up near Norfolk, check out Woodcreek Pond north of town on 232. The road is on the right and it will say boat launch. It looked like a promising site this summer. Need an SUV or a car with some clearance.....
Route 7 is still mostly green along the Housatonic River, working back towards home, it's at peak, but bland. Also 75F + outside, the foliage just seems confused. Better quality foliage in this region last year.
I did go to Woodcreek Pond, nice color along the pond, but going bare elsewhere.
I started in Granby and went west on 20 to Winsted. Route 20 along the top of CT was a mixed bag. I didn't see consistent peak except a few patches. The mountains south of 20 at the higher elevations are all green. I didn't go up to Colebrook or Barkhamsted. I continued on 44 to Norfolk where the colors were only starting out. In Norfolk I traveled west on 44 to North Canaan. The mountains south of 44 are all green with a few flares starting to pop. Another week here. I then went to the town of Salisbury on 44 and turned west on Taconic Road to Hammertown Road. Some bare trees and maples have already gone by, but when I got to Hammertown Road the mountains that were peak when calguy from NH from our forum came down last fall on this date, were all green!!!! So that solidified my theory about the late foliage. The extreme west side of CT is going to be excellent towards the end of next week. I continued on Beaver Dam Road to get a better view of the mountain and still green. Went to Sharon on route 41 south to view the mountains near the hike I took last year with peak foliage and it was summer green all the way down to route 4. I stayed on route 4 until I hit Goshen and took 63 south into Litchfield center and made it there before the crowds entered for the weekend. It is a hotspot for tourists! The best color I had so far was on route 118 from Litchfield center into Harwinton and Burlington. By the time I got to 179 in Collinsville it was summer again and 80.
So if you are heading to CT after Vermont or NH, wait a week, but go to the western side of CT near the NY border and head up or down route 7 or west on 44 into Salisbury, Sharon, Kent and so on. I didn't have time to stop at the West Cornwall covered bridge because it was getting too hot. Hard to believe. I do agree, the trees must be getting confused.
We need a few good cold nights to jumpstart the color here in northern and north western CT. I think things will pop next week and we are going to be in for a great color show.
Meanwhile, I'm probably heading north into Williamstown and southern VT to Manchester and loop around back to route 9.
I am preparing a lengthy tour mostly in Norfolk, Canaan, Salisbury, Lakeville, Kent, Cornwalls and Sharon, with covered bridges, ponds, waterfalls, farms, churches and long views for the two NH photogs whom I met in Peacham one fall a couple of years ago. This will be season two, part two! Calguy was here last fall for a glorious tour in the above area when we experienced an excellent foliage season in CT. Calguy came here a couple of weeks ago for a pre tour and now his partner in crime, Bogey, is joining us! I can't wait for the 3 of us to be tooling around my neck of the woods in the "Jeep" and not the "Corvette" so we can do some dirt road adventures! I hope we can pack it all in as we will be on the road from 9-4 and they still have the drive back to NH.
I hope we find nice color and places for them to haul out the cameras and tripods and shoot while I bury my head in my map to keep us on track for the day. It is going to be gorgeous and in the low 70s with white puffy clouds. Needless to say, I am quite excited and most of all to be with my new found friends from Scenes of Vermont!
Stay tuned! CT