This is where Route 5 begins. What's fun about Derby Line is that it's on the line-- the international border. The Haskell Library and Opera House straddles the border with part of the building in the U.S., and part in Canada.
"I'm in the U.S., I'm in Canada, I'm in the U.S., I'm in Canada!"
Here we can see Canadian foliage and U.S. foliage at the same time!
In town, the locals told us the foliage is just beginning to change. A few spots of color here and there.
Now, you could take Route 91 and speed your way through the state, but that just doesn't make sense if you are going on a foliage tour. Route 5 will take you north to south at a slower pace, winding you through small towns and cities like Newport, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. Right on the lake here, too, the fall foliage is in a fairly early stage.
In fact, we began to notice that all along the route through Coventry, Orleans and into Barton, there are the occasional pops of bright color, but overall the colors aren't yet as bright as we hoped they'd be.
"We saw some good color over towards Sheffield," said Francis Berwick of Peacham.
So off we went! Still searching!
Along the shores of Crystal Lake in Barton, more early color with signs of hope for brighter colors in the days ahead.
Some of the best color we saw, was coming around the corner and looking over towards Burke Mountain. Finally the reds we'd been looking for!
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