October 31, 2011: Another Halloween is almost past. We had our first snow – just a dusting, thank goodness, that disappeared quickly. But Old Man Winter is eying us hard. The furnace has been running.

Although we are past peak with the leaves and many trees, especially along the tops of the hills and ridges, have shed their finery, I noticed today there are still many pretty leaves along the rail-trail and along the river. Down on the hillsides, protected from the wind are trees that have leaves that are not in full glorious color, but are still quite strikingly pretty.  The covered bridges are waiting for our guests to view the leaves along the road to them and around them.

Tree on US Rte 19

Shinnston tree in its glory!

The tree in this picture no longer wears this “Saturday night date” finery, but across the river on the West Fork River Rail-Trail are many that are still “dressed up” in their “Sunday go-to meeting” leaves.

We have a bit of a warm-up promised by the weathermen for mid-week. The sun was welcome and beautiful today. I am looking forward to the 60s by Wednesday. Book now for what will probably be the “last gasp” of leaf peeping.

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