Weatherford Democrat

Top News

December 1, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Autumn – palate of color to enjoy

(Continued)

This panorama frames the numerous gigantic yellow cottonwoods, brilliant red oaks, amber pecan foliage and massive green live oaks along the river bottom.

The Northeastern U.S. is famous for its gorgeous fall foliage. Stationed in Norfolk, Va., in the early 1970s, my wife and I carefully planned a weekend camping trip to take in the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah National Park in western Virginia. Based on predictions, we meticulously timed our outing to catch peak color. I rented a small pop-up tent camper from recreation services on base, and on Friday afternoon we headed out for the Appalachian Mountains.

Arriving in the park well before dark, we began our ascent toward Skyline Drive to take in the sights. As we approached the mountains, it began steadily raining. As we gained altitude, we entered the low-hanging clouds. In the aviation world, it would be called, “WOXOF, ceiling zero, sky obscured, visibility zero with fog.” We barely found the campground, set up our camper in the foggy drizzle, and watched our tent drip all night.

To this day, I have no idea what beautiful scenery we missed. We returned home the next day driving in the rain and dragging a soggy tent camper. The only leaves we saw were the ones that stuck to our shoes. They were colorfully tinted by yet another pigment – Appalachian mud.

Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to nowhearthis@pwhome.com.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results