ROSE NOLEN: Fall season is perfect time to explore Missouri

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 9:15 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Watching summer journey into fall is a marvelous experience. Slowly, the trees empty themselves and gradually glide into idle drowsiness. The grass loses its bite and gives way to slumber, and before you know it, nature is in transition, right before your eyes changing costumes.

I once took nature walks between seasons. I had friends who lived in the country, and they would invite me to walk along the countryside and observe nature waving her magic wand.

In the city, of course, there are the wonderful festivals, some bearing testament to the many gifts that nature provides. Art festivals, flower shows, music extravaganzas, quilt shows, car shows, tractor shows, all bearing witness to the agricultural influences of our state.

Fall is a fun time in Missouri. It’s harvest time, the planting is all done, and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of the labor. It’s time for long, leisurely drives across the state. It’s time to visit the neighbors and see what changes the year has brought into being.

Missouri is a state where history is molded into the architecture. One can ride the rails with Jesse James or one can travel the state and revisit the sites of the Civil War.

The most amazing thing about Missouri is that you can live here all your life and never discover all the little interesting spots that are right on your path. Take all the haunted houses and ghost sightings that are a part of Missouri memories. The former Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson 
City, which was decommissioned in 2004, was a storybook of paranormal occurrences. And all across the state are houses which have stories told about their hauntings.

And then there are the wonderful apple orchards that can be found around the state. I once owned a store where I sold apples that I harvested only a few blocks away. The apples literally dangled on the branches.

At one point in my life, I was a part of an organization that advertised heavily across the state. I was told by some of the officers of the group that if I continued to operate as a free advertisement for a “Come and see Missouri” proposal, that I would not be allowed to continue as a spokesperson for that particular group.

Actually, I love Missouri, and I love talking about all the wonderful things about this state. In other words, give me a yard and I’ll talk a mile. It’s a great state to live in.

You can join the conversation with Rose M. Nolen by calling her at 882-5734 or emailing her at She writes a weekly column for the Missourian.

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