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We’ve had a green autumn in Oklahoma.  I don’t remember having a mild summer (well, for us), followed by a very warm fall before.  We’ve had some autumns when our trees turned brown too quickly because of the hot summer.  This year,  hmmm.

It’s November and the temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s.  I’m not sure we’ve even had a hard freeze.  About a week ago, the maple tree in my front yard burst into color…finally.  IMG_5498

This week, the temperature was almost 80 on Monday and, then, it dropped overnight to freezing.  On Wednesday, we woke up with winds and temps in the 20s.  When the wind blew, my maple dropped its leaves.  IMG_5615That was typical.  But…in my back yard, some of the trees hadn’t even turned yet and there was a flurry of leaves falling…all green.  I’ve never seen a green autumn before.  IMG_5614Oh well.  Not much to say…we went from one extreme to the other.  As Will Rogers said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”

We have a drought going on in Oklahoma, which made it a question of whether we would have fall colors.  Sometimes, in droughts, the leaves just dry up and fall off.  Or we have wind that blows the leaves from the trees just as they have turned.  This year, summer seemed to not want to leave.  The temperatures were warm and the leaves stayed green.  Then the calendar turned to November and the leaves had just had it.  Overnight, the colors came out.  When I went walking yesterday morning, the sun was shining through the leaves on a cloudless, still day and the colors were just incredible.  Here are some phone shots I took.  Look for the mistletoe in one of the trees.  My husband used to shoot it down for me when he was out bird hunting and loved bringing it home from his treks in the fields on those crisp fall mornings.

Tulsa…Oklahoma…

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Get out and enjoy it!

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Yesterday was a trip to Van Buren, Arkansas.  Yes, I am truly a senior when I am traveling to see fall foliage and ride trains!  The historic part of Van Buren is charming and well preserved.  They only messed up a few buildings when the siding salesmen came through trying to modernize it back in the 60s.  It was fun to walk down to the Arkansas River and see the wide water, unlike Tulsa where it is pretty dry right now.  I liked the old Anheuser Busch building with the original eagle logo still intact.

Riding the train up to Winslow, the highest incorporated city (pop 399) in Arkansas, was a trip back in time.  We were on a 1948 car called the Silver Stream and there were other cars from the 1920s.  You could also ride in the caboose.  It took a bit to slow down from the fast paced ways we usually travel, but it was worth it.  The drought has hit all the states, but we still saw beautiful fall colors as we went higher.  After traveling at 8-9,000 feet in the Sierras this summer, it seems funny to think of 1,729 as up in the mountains.  The conductors were train buffs of all ages who volunteer their time and kept it lively with their commentary.  There was a car full of second graders from one of our stops.  On the way back, we stopped to let them out at their school – how fun is that?  That must have been the noisy car, especially going through the tunnel when they tell them to scream!  I tried to imagine traveling across country like this a century ago.  As always, it depended on which kind of car you were able to afford as to whether you were scrunched in with strangers, loud conversations and interesting smells or whether you could ride in style in a private car.  It beat the stage coach or wagon.

Coming home, we detoured north from Vian and took the scenic route past Lake Tenkiller towards Tahlequah.  What a beautiful drive!  Every place has its own beauty and this is one of my favorites in my home state.  It’s pretty wild and wooly in those hills, but it’s gorgeous country. There’s another drive where you go by the lake more, but I loved the trees.  I’m so grateful to get to enjoy a perfect 75 degree, cloudless day without anything pressing….

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