Morning fog can be persistent in the fall, and the fog and low clouds were stubborn in Lyndon. Even so, you can find some peak fall color from the town to the hillsides. The Kouri family from Montreal started their own leaf peeping tour Tuesday. While the fall foliage is their main mission, they also planned to do pony rides and some apple picking.
Heading south through St. Johnsbury we come to Passumpsic, the town that sits along the Passumpsic River. Occasionally the sky would brighten, but so far we haven't seen any big patches of blue. Along through Barnet and we saw signs for McIndoe Falls. That sounds worth exploring. We found that is actually a little village where McIndoe Falls Academy has been gracing one of the town greens since 1853. Originally a private academy, it served as the area's secondary school until it closed in 1969. It's now a library and commuter center.
But where are the falls of McIndoe Falls?
"Well, there used to be falls. Many, many years ago, there were 17 between St. Johnsbury and McIndoe Falls, but what they've done over the years is they've put dams in," explained Ken Sachs of McIndoe Falls.
The scenery along the river is still beautiful as you head south, but we did notice we are getting ahead of the foliage. While we did find peak color in the higher elevations and in the NEK, here in the Upper Valley the color is still in the early to mid stage.
"We're expecting a pretty good foliage season starting right around now," said Dave McKnelly of the Newbury Village Store. "I think probably by this weekend we'll probably be full peak."
But fall in the North Country isn't just about fall foliage. It's about cider and pumpkin cakes and turkey dinners for the whole town. And if you are looking for more fall color, just around the corner in Newbury there is plenty of orange in the pumpkin patch.
All fall color is good fall color!
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