Splendiferous

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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.

Thanks for joining me on the trail today.
See you soon.
Trail Walker

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    1. By Thanksgiving ours will be long gone, but the season is running a little late this year, a week or more, so we still have some good color to enjoy. Providing we don’t get a bad cold snap with lots of wind and rain.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. The Tower is the result of someone’s great vision and a lot of planning and hard work. They actually had to airlift the parts onto the site and then build the Tower there to minimize any footprints they left on the land.

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