So, I have a GREAT idea! This year the Peacham Fall Foliage Festival is being held about a week later than usual, Thursday, October 4, 2012. I've missed this event for many years either through late timing of my VT fall vacation or as in the last two years, DRIVING RAIN STORMS! Here is the link which describes the events for the day:
Carol said "I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" So, I have my first participant!!!!!
We could meet in the graveyard, yes - sounds strange, but the parking up there is easy, plus the view at the rear of the graveyard is breathtaking! You can come in through Groton or by way of route 2 to Macks Mountain Road. In 2009, I took Al Utzig to the graveyard, and he took a beautiful photo of a row of maples at the edge of the graveyard which is now in his very excellent website. The historic stones have some old inscriptions on them which are quite interesting. I think this would be a perfect place to start! (Not end up.... ) For those of us arriving early, 9:30 a.m., we will go to the craft fair, farmer's market and library book sale. All of which are highly recommended. The town of Peacham is picture-perfect and will not disappoint! We would have lunch at the elementary school and it is supposedly excellent!
From there, we will do our usual back roads drive with bm, our VT moderator, and Phil, the King of the Back Roads, at the healm. In 2009, bm took me (with Al in tow somewhere behind us ) through some amazing back roads in Peacham, Danville and Barnet.
Here is the link from bm from 2009:
For those of you who don't have time to scan the link the roads that were of the "WOW WOW WOW" type were:
Harvey's Mountain Overlook - Barnet Center Road
Cloud Brook Road
Garland Hill Road
There is a scenic that is worth photographing in Peacham of the church steeple in town but I think Andy has the directions in his pdf. That would be a nice place to start the back roads tour.
I hope you all can come to our annual Vermont Fall Foliage Meetup/Reunion. It's great to meet old and new forum members and the day would be full of fun and adventure with Phil at the helm! I welcome all thoughts and recommendations over the coming months and summer and if there is enough interest, I will make this a sticky!
SAVE THE DATE - 2012 ANNUAL SCENES OF VERMONT FALL FOLIAGE REUNION/MEETUP - PEACHAM, VT - 10/4/2012!!!!
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
Plus we can stop at the Creamery in Danville for dessert. The maple cream pie is AMAZING!
Well nice to see a meet in the middle of the week. That works best for me. I never foliage peek on the weekend. Too many pesky tourists, and cameras have yet to come equipped with people filters. I just hope meeting in the cemetery isn't a GRAVE omen. Although at the end of the day at least we know we can REST IN PEACE. Just be sure to get there early, I hear the lines are long. People are DYING to get in there!
What a weird winter. Looks like first week in march may be kind of wintery then the warmth returns. Kind of concerned, with warm dry ground it could turn the summer hot and dry. with below normal snowpack may not be good for trees. Will have to wait and see! Maple syruping down here isn't as good as usual, too early and too warm.
WXMAN: We can always count on you for your great sense of humor! I hope you can meet up with us in Peacham. It's always nice to meet new members who contribute regularly to this foliage forum. We also love your weather expertise!
Everyone: It looks like a series of meetups in VT is in the works!
On Saturday, September 29th, some of us are planning to meet in Burke for their 25th anniversary of their fall foliage festival. I've never been and Carol said I would love it so off I go! Phil will meet me there and bm will go too. Just recently, maybe this summer, they started offering ski lift rides up the mountain and I'm very excited to mark off another lift ride in Vermont. Before the foliage season commences, I will update the sticky for all the gondola, tram and lift rides offered during the foliage season and add Burke Mountain to the list.
Here are the two links, I hope you all can join us for this festival and ride up the mountain, there is also an auto road but I don't want to do that again; it was too scary for me two years ago! Of course, Phil was driving and I assume he was taking some liberty in trying to scare the living daylights out of me!
http://www.skiburke.com/the-mountain/su ... ift-rides/
I have been combining anniversaries and Vermont by bringing along Mrs. Even Dean but she won't travel with the new little one about (not that I blame her).
I am sure that the calendar will better align one year soon.
Problem is the trip is all DOWNHILL from there.
My Spies up north tell me that the last weekend in September and first week in October the moose will be going on vacation. I Hear they have a resort on Moose MTN in Hanover NH! LOL
MMVT and WXMAN: Moose you say? What's that? I've turned my quest to Big Foot. Probably will see him before a moose ever crosses my path.....
CAROL: Just want to make sure you are still meeting us in Peacham on Thursday, October 4th for the third meetup? We'll probably be in Killington before that for the 2nd meetup.
Geezum! Any thoughts for a 4th???
Only downside: morning light is even earlier!
One summer, ixl (Charles) took us on a blueberry picking safari in southern VT at the end of a day trip and it was wonderful. A fun thing to do with the family for sure. The lakes and reservoirs are gorgeous up there! Beforehand, we took the Mt. Snow gondola up and the views of Somerset Reservoir were incredible. Afterwords, we had a picnic off of Kelly Stand Road at Grout Pond.
Another time we took the Mt. Equinox toll road (way scary) and we all hiked to the overlook. Lots of flies though.
Just thinking of all of our past adventures in summer, makes me want to skip spring and mud season! Although, sugaring is taking place now and soon we'll be up for the festivals, and the mud.....
Dean: Its Vermont and its Photography! You just have to get your priorities sorted out . My anniversary (28 years this year) is Oct 6 (funny, its that same day every year, too). I have called my wife from Vermont at least 3 times in the last decade to wish her a happy anniversary. Wouldn't work if I did it EVERY year, but wives can be very forgiving. But probably not the first year of the little one .
MMVT: I have, unfortunately, committed to being a "local guide" for a pro photographer who is doing a workshop in the Michigan U.P. for the first week of October. But from what I hear about you guys' culinary talents, I am TEMPTED to renege and come to VT, just for the get-together. Maybe a rain check?
UTAH: I have good news for you. JETBLUE has a new "Discount flying program." Its a little confusing at first, but what you do is book a flight where Burlington is about 1/2 way between, then you just sit back and wait for either the pilot, the co-pilot, or one of the flight attendants to have a breakdown. They then land in BVT, AND, as an added bonus, give you credit for 2 x the flight cost!
PHIL: What is it about those bicycles that make so much noise??
If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .
Mark your calendars! We're getting close!