I think that I shall never see colors as lovely as on my tree – in Texas of course. I just love that poem by Robert Frost.
In Texas, we have two seasons: Summer and Summer Light. If it gets below eighty degrees, it’s a national holiday. I know what you’re thinking but Texas used to be a nation unto itself, and some of us (most of us) still consider it so.
Let’s face it, we produce our own oil, we refine it, we make our own fuels, plastics, bourbon, beer, wine, vodka, tequila, livestock (food), and produce (food). Last I checked, that’s a nation.
Anyway, I’m not a tree hugger, but I love trees – especially old, majestic trees. There’s something just so beautifully simplistic about them. Oh sure, some people just see lumber and toothpicks but trees have their own characteristics and personalities. If you truly listen, they will speak to you – especially in high wind.
People tend to think that our trees don’t turn beautiful colors, that it only happens in the Northeast. But no, that would be incorrect. Our vivacious Texas trees come alive with colors during the fall. And they are some of the most beautiful trees that exist. The vibrant colors coming from our Texas trees are spectacular and run the gamut on the color spectrum. We have many varieties of Maple trees, Flaming Satsumas, and even our huge, gorgeous Cypress trees along our rivers get into the act.
Not convinced yet? Try hiking through our Lost Maples National Park (see, we are a nation) during the Fall. It is breathtakingly beautiful and you won’t believe your eyes at how many variations of color there are.
And when you’re finished you should really enjoy some of our Texas bourbons: Balcones, Garrison Brothers, and Rebecca Creek, just to name a few. Oh, you’re a vodka fan? Try Tito’s, Deep Eddy, or Dripping Springs. Does tequila make her clothes fall off? Then maybe you’d like Republic Tequila, Z Tequila, or perhaps the Man In Black Tequila by our very own Kinky Friedman. And don’t get me started about our Texas rum made by Railean and Balcones. See, we’ve got it all in Texas.
So, if you’re looking for some eye candy, come check out our beautiful Texas trees that are turning all kinds of spectacular colors right now. And the drinks are on me. Just kidding about that and maybe you should imbibe AFTER your hike through our fabulous forests. May our great nation (of Texas) live on. Join us, won’t you?
Oh, and I know the poem was written by Joyce Kilmer. I just wanted to check to see if you were paying attention.