Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It Ain't Over until the Last One Drops!

Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." Well it is true with the leaf season - it ain't over until the last leaf drops - at least here in West Virginia. Yes, we are past peak - our tress are no longer wearing their "Saturday night date clothes". But while some were getting ready for that Saturday night date, there were some who were like many people, "late bloomers" still wearing their green until they were darned good and ready to change.

So here it is, November 2, 2011 and after the rains and winds we have had - we even had snow Saturday! - one would think all the color is gone. Our "late bloomers" do not want to gussy up for that dating scene of glorious color. They do not want to be lost in the crown. So those tress are wearing their "Sunday-go-to-Meeting clothes", not the every day nor the fancy, but striking when you find them.

This tree is just one block from the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast. We have patches here and there of yellows with a deep rust color or an orangey-red standing out from the rest. Or you come around a curve and there is an absolutely beautiful tree that I could NOT get a picture of because there was no place to pull over and not knowing when another vehicle would be coming around that curve, it was not wise to stop!

There are many lovely trees still to be seen along the West Fork River Rail-Trail that wends its way along the West Fork River between Shinnston and Fairmont, West Virginia for a total, including the right-of-way, about 17 miles. Psst: don't tell anyone but there is a wonderfully scenic bridge spanning the West Fork River near unincorporated Norway on the right-of-way section of the rail-trail. Along the rail-trail itself are several waterfalls and trestles, and on the Shinnston end there is a lovely span over the washout that caused the railroad to abandon the line.

There is no way to tell how long we have until the last leaf drops, but I would not put it off much longer if you do not yet have your fill of Fall Glory. While you are leaf peeping, discover the 2 wineries in our area, Lambert's and Heston Farm (and Heston's is also the home of Pinchgut Hollow Distillery, the shine is not in the sky).

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