Thursday, September 29, 2016

Road Trip in Jeep in Search of Fall Colors, ME, NH, VT

We packed up the jeep and headed out last Saturday in search of fall colors in New England.  This is an item on my bucket list which I had hoped would be fulfilled this year......I'm afraid not.  This years rainfall has been down and the temperatures much warmer than usual so that spectacular fall I was hoping to see has not yet materialized and may not this year:(  Which means, of course, we will have to come back in the future.

We did see lots of beautiful country and had a great time anyway.  Saturday, the 24th, we headed up to Acadia NP to do a little more hiking and we drove to Schoodic Peninsula, a lesser visited area of the park, to do our hiking.  Less visited but no less beautiful.

On our way there, we stopped to watch a couple of guys out digging for clams

That is back breaking work!

At the park we found very few people and lots of places to hike.

Our first hike was along the coast near Mosquito Harbor and we saw this beautiful fungus growing all over the ground.  I was soft and spongey, very cool!

great views along the water

a lot of shade and mushrooms and fungus of various types

The Winter Harbor Lighthouse on Mark Island in the foreground
 After the harbor trail we drove out to the point and walked the Anvil Trail which takes you up to a very nice panorama.

Almost this entire trail, 2 1/2 miles, was made up of roots and rocks.  You do have to watch your footing!

beautiful views!!

Our first nights stay was in the small town of Newport, ME, the first night because the town of Bangor, our original destination, had a couple of happenings that weekend and all the hotels were full. Mike was sad because he had hoped to revise the brewery in neighboring Banner;)

The next morning, Sunday, we headed out toward the ski area, Sugar Loaf, and there were beginning of color change in the hills:

 Then on to an amazing view point on private land, Quill Hill. We had to pay $10  to drive up and see this view.  It was lovely and you can see all the areas that are beginning to change.....but not lots of brilliant colors.  Great views!

Back down off the hill we traveled through more beautiful country......

 To the town of Littleton, NH, where we spent the night at the Littleton Motel, the oldest motel inNH.

We strolled down to the Schilling Beer Co. in the old grist mill in Littleton, NH, for a couple of brews.  

A happy Mike:)

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