October 26, 2019 Lancaster, PA.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

I arrived in the  Lancaster area Tuesday, looking forward to revisiting the area and the Amish culture I find so fascinating. I was a little surprised to find the campground I stayed at the last time I was here, all but fully reserved for the weekend. I really did think the crowds thinned out a bit post Columbus Day.

View out the passenger side window

Not so, it turns out. Out of over 100 sites, I was offered a choice of two that were not yet filled for the weekend.

View out the front windshield

Now this is camping at it’s finest! Aw, the glory of beautiful sunrises, the scent of pines, the wonder of the wide open spaces, yes, all but a true wilderness experience.

View out the driver’s side window

I guess I need to return back out west, this type of “camping” is certainly not for me. And did I mention that this wonderful secluded site goes for just a little under $50 a night. Now where can you find a deal like that?

Amish Images

I really have been struggling to get inspired to take any photos of this unique landscape. The narrow backroads through Amish country have absolutely no shoulders so there is all but no place one can pull off and get out to take a shot. Years ago, when I was last here, I could more easily get photos since, at that time, I towed a trailer with a motorcycle inside, not a car as I now do. With the bike I could get off the road despite the lack of a shoulder.

Add to that, the greatly increased car traffic on these back roads and the apparent need to rush to wherever they are going, tailgating like crazy, and there being no shoulders to pull over on, one has no choice but to bomb through the countryside at 50-60 mph, not exactly conducive to enjoying the scenery.

Amish Daycare

So I will have to share some pictures I took back years ago, the first two farmscapes above were taken this year, the only images obtained in five days of driving around.

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Heavy rain forecasted for Sunday, then a couple of nice days predicted, maybe I might get some shots before I leave.

October 10, 2019 Lyndon, Vermont

Driving the Back Roads of Northern Vermont

Just an amazing day driving the dirt roads looking for, and finding, some really nice color.

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This is the eastern shore of Crystal Lake in Barton.

Nice cabin location, but not exactly what you would call an easy building site. I’d be really curious how they could put in a septic system on that lot. If I ever get any blue sky, I will have to go back some evening to shoot that shore again, the dull white skies this evening didn’t do justice to the incredible color on that rocky hillside.

Finally found some willing models for my foliage shots, and I found more a little farther down the road.

The color in places is almost hard to believe, some of the most intense colors I have ever seen up here in the northeast.

More very cooperative holsteins.

I guess I have this post a little bit in reverse, leading off with my evening shots and finishing up with these early morning reflection shots.

I still am camping in the mechanic’s shop parking lot waiting for a diagnosis on my motorhome gas problem. Not the greatest surroundings, but the price is right.

Until I get out of here, I am afraid I will have to keep doing Vermont foliage posts. I have also been spending quite a bit of time looking for moose up here, but have had no luck … yet.

October 9, 2019 Lyndon, Vermont

Vermont Foliage

After spending a restful night at my new campsite in the parking lot of a truck mechanic shop, waiting for them to be able to get my motorhome worked into their schedule, I arose bright and early to head west and explore the higher elevations along Route 105. Frustrating as usual was the start of the day as I spent the first 2 hours and 70 miles traveling in dense fog. Finally, as I ascended upward around Jay Peak, I got above the fog and saw some of the first nice color of the day.

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What the fog below was concealing.

It seems there is an unwritten law that the brightest foliage is required to always be located behind utility wires. Since the property was posted, I couldn’t walk in any farther to get past the electric lines.

I got off Route 105 and started puttering around the dirt roads once I got out from under the fog.

And this kind of scene was the reward!

An abundance of brilliant colors all throughout this area of northern Vermont.

This area will require a return trip to further explore the backroads to see what kind of gems they might reveal. If the weather holds, I most likely will return tomorrow.

October 7, 2019 Stow to Lyndon, Vermont

A Bad Day at Blackrock ( actually at Stowe)

Image above is certainly a sight one would never wish to see. I had no troubles driving from Canaan, NH to Stowe, Vermont last Saturday, the RV ran just fine. I did top off my gas tank in Enfield, NH on the way over to Vermont. On Sunday, when I started the motorhome up to move from one space in the campground to across the way to another, it started sputtering and all but stalled out. After just limping across the road to the other site, the RV slowly died out.

Hoping it was just water in the gas I added in Enfield, I put in some dry gas and waited, hoping for the best. Unfortunately, that did not do the trick, so on Tuesday, after talking to some mechanics in Stowe, none of whom could help me out anyhow, since they were all booked solid, I called Good Sam Roadside Assistance and explained the situation to them. They decided having me towed to a truck mechanic in Lyndon, Vermont was the way to go.

So Tuesday morning the wrecker arrived and we did the journey to Lyndon, 70 miles away. Fortunately, the trip went without any real problems and I had them park me just outside the garage’s security fence so I could stay in the motorhome until they got ready to work on it Thursday.

So, late Tuesday afternoon, I loaded the camera gear and drove north to hopefully find some color in the last few hours of daylight.

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And so I did at Lake Willoughby, actually some rather brilliant color.

There were several isolated patches of nice color along the road north as I raced against the retreating light of day.

Not sure what kind of tree this is, but I love the deep purples you find occasionally mixed in with the maples.

It was starting to get a little dark by the time I got to these last two shots.

This is a splice of 3 separate shots showing what happens in these fields at dusk. The fading light brings the deer and turkeys out to feed.

I got a good night’s sleep in the RV back at the garage and am going to head north and west on Wednesday along Vermont Route 105 to see what the color looks like up there while I wait for the work to commence on the motorhome Thursday.

Stay tuned!