All around us, the world is preparing for the changing of seasons. Some countries will be getting a more springtime feel to the weather, while others regions will be getting a colder feel for the autumn months. It does seem weird that this happens simultaneously, but that is one thing that makes the world go 'round. Here in the states, everyone looks forward to the change of this season because the leaves change color, all-ages festivals happen and, in some areas, snow starts to fall. I think the best part of this time of year is spending it with the family.
Here in West Virginia, there are a lot of things to see and do before it becomes too dangerous from the snow. When I say dangerous, I mean the driving conditions. Once it starts snowing in and around West Virginia, the road can become one place where you do not want to get stuck or be anywhere near when a harsh snow storm hits. Certain parts of West Virginia are alright since they do not see a lot of snow fall; however, once you get closer to the Maryland and Virginia border -- watch out. It gets really bad, really quick. All state parks and national parks will shut down completely so that no one will get trapped in a harsh storm, unable to get back out of the park and home safely.
Living in West Virginia this time of year can be an experience, since the weather quickly changes from pleasant to unbearably cold. For example, one day the high could be in the mid-80s and then the very next day it would drop to mid-60s. Nights are colder as well, and for someone like me who is originally from Florida where it is warm pretty much all year round, you'll find yourself digging out electric blankets and warmer clothes.
It is also interesting to watch the animals get ready for hiberation. This is really fascinating to see if you haven't before. Different species have to prepare their bodies for that long winter sleep, so most of the time you can see bears or deer eating everything in sight that is part of their diet. Another interesting activity to do up here during this time of year is to bird watch. Morgantown is just one of the stopping areas for all sorts of bird species traveling south for the winter. Many of the species that can be found here stay, but there are others that go south for the winter (just like some of the older folks that can't tolerate the cold too well anymore).
Another activity that is enjoyable during these months would be the different festivals that are held yearly. Some of the festivals that are held during these months are: the Buckwheat Festival, National Hunting and Fishing Days, Bridge Day, Oak Leaf Festival, Wine and Jazz Festival and many more. Going to any of these festivals with family or friends is a great way to learn a little bit more about the history of West Virginia. I have noticed that by going to these festivals, the surrounding communities learn about the problems that have been arising with the watersheds, mountaintop removal and any other problem that is causing harm to the environment. If you're there, take the time to notice the changes in the season. Take pictures and enjoy the company that surrounds you. To learn when the festivals are here, visit this website
These are just a few things that I enjoy when the weather cools down a bit. You heard about mine, so what about yours?