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Blue skies and brilliant fall foliage

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JAY, Vt. -

Wow! Just wow! Fall foliage is always a pretty time of year in Vermont, but some years are brighter and better and this year is about as good as it gets!

Photographer Andy Goodrich and I started our tour in Jay, heading down 242 toward Montgomery. Not only are the individual trees spectacular, around almost every corner you find a wall of fire. The vistas are amazing.

The Long Trail crosses Route 242. You can get out and walk it a little bit, or you can hike awhile. Mark Petermann from Georgia has been hiking the trail for 10 days.

"Absolutely gorgeous," he said. "I mean the lord was awake at about 7:30 this morning, he was really awake. It's beautiful up there. And you can see beautiful, beautiful leaves."

You almost need a designated driver because it's hard to keep your eyes on the road when all of these trees are waving their bright red leaves at you.

Entering Montgomery, locals were basking in the sun.

"I've been thinking it's the reddest, most amazing I've seen and I've just enjoyed it and I've had to drive around really slowly," said Julie Adams of Montgomery.

It's always smart to talk to the people who live here, they know where the best views are.

Susan Regan of Montgomery recommended taking West Hill Road to see her favorite view.

"Every day we wake up and it's more and more beautiful, so more and more walks with the dog and more and more cameras, yes," Regan said.

Following Route 58 through Hazen's Notch was also recommended, so off we went. More great color-- it's tough to miss at this point. Pretty much every turn brings you another amazing view and more brilliant color. However, we're not going to be the only ones who know about all of this. Keep in mind, it's a holiday weekend this weekend and likely to get crowded. If you find yourself in a busy spot, turn off onto a dirt road. You might be happier wandering along one of the back roads.

There was plenty of daylight left and we continued on to Albany. As they say, "You've got to make hay when the sun shines." And we're not going to waste any of this beautiful weather either.

Farther down the road, it seemed everyone was out at Lake Elmore, doing the only thing any reasonable person could do on a day like this: get in one last paddle, do some dock sitting and take photos like we're doing to try to save what we can from this day. There is a cold front coming this weekend and fall weather will be back, and who knows when we'll see the 70s again.

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