I always get a bit excited when I notice the season changing. Being someone who enjoys new experiences, new views, learning new things, and meeting new people, I also enjoy the newness that comes from the passing of the guard from one season to the next. For me it’s a reminder than things are always changing, even if sometimes it feels (particularly before I hit the road) that nothing ever does. It’s seasonal reminder to be more alert and present and look, not just around me, but inside me and take stock of where I’m at and where I want to go from here. And if there’s any season that makes it hard to forget that things change, it’s the brilliance of fall.
Last year, I missed fall for the most part. It hadn’t yet begun when I left South Carolina, but never really arrived in the plains states which had been too dry for fall color. The leaves in the trees didn’t really turn so much as shrivel to a dry crisp and fall off.
But this past week, fall has truly arrived to Coffeyville. I saw the start of it last weekend on my walk with my sitemates, and vowed that this weekend I would go back to the one mile paved trail that crosses Pfister Park north of town, and take my phone this time for pictures.
My timing was just about perfect. Last weekend the colors were just starting to show, and by next weekend peak will be past. The weather cooperated nicely too, blue skies and highs in the upper 50’s, with a crispness to the air that just speaks of autumn.
If you’re working at Coffeyville this season and want to find this trail, head north on Buckeye street from 11th and follow it out of town and up the hill. Don’t worry about missing it, it’s really the only hill around. You’ll pass Leclere park first on your left, and at the top the road twists around a summer park that seems to have some pretty neat water slides and several swimming pools. You’ll see the Coffeyville municipal airport on the left, there’s a plane on display outside. The gravel parking turn off for the trail is just after that, before you get to the stadium.
There is a gravel trail coming off of the parking lot, but that’s private property. The one you’ll be looking for is paved and was once known as Roosevelt Scenic Drive, completed in 1934. Dogs are allowed, motorized vehicles are not, and the trail is one mile one way, with mild up and downs and a few curves to hug the side of the hill. In the middle there is a bench to rest on and a scenic overlook that gives a decent view of the surrounding countryside (pretty), and the oil refinery (less pretty).
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In other news, my first week at Amazon went well, short as it was. I’ll be writing more about what it means to work in ICQA in another week or so when I’ve had a chance to do more stuff.
Also, I’d like to thank everyone who used my Amazon affiliate link in October, total proceeds for the month were $117. You guys make my day by contributing, whether it’s by shopping through my link, donating, or sharing your experiences by commenting on posts. Take care, and have a good rest of your weekend everyone.
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