Trying to think of a good word to describe the view from the top of the Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum, I’ve settled on splendiferous. I wasn’t actually sure it was a “real” word, so I checked the dictionary and discovered that it means, extraordinarily or showily impressive. Its origin is splendor + i + ferous, and it was first used in 1843. Who knew? I certainly didn’t, but I like it, and it perfectly describes the landscape I could see over the tree tops 120 feet in the air. Even under an overcast sky, the rich Autumn hues were impressive.
I hadn’t intended to climb the tower on this visit. It was Halloween, and I had only planned a short walk in the Arboretum, but when I drove up to the entrance and read the sign announcing the Tower and Canopy Walk were closing for the season on November 1, I knew I had to climb it again today. That’s why, when the person in the booth asked, “Do you want tickets for the Tower and Canopy Walk,” I responded, “Yes!” Despite the fact that I had already climbed the Tower eight or nine times this year, I had to climb it again today for one final look over the splendiferous multi-colored tree tops before winter.
That’s the last “top of the tower tour” for this season, but I will still post more sights from Holden Arboretum. It is a fantastic place to experience nature. As you’ve probably guessed if you visit my blog often, it’s one of my favorite places for trail walking.