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A welcomed first snow

November 22, 2013
Tim Chapman - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

Well, what do you know? It seems that every time I return to North Dakota from a trip, it is either snowing when I get off the flight or shortly thereafter.

It was about 60 degrees for much of the time I was in Virginia last week and the foliage surprised me. I didn't expect to see much of it still at peak color this late in the season, but the mid-Atlantic did see a good bit of rain this summer. I was back home in Northern Virginia for a few days and in the state capital of Richmond for the rest of the time to celebrate a good friend's wedding.

While walking through the historic city, which once served as the Confederate capital, I was taken aback by the incredible variation of blood red, crimson and vibrant orange on the same trees. I was equally disturbed to be greeted at Dulles International Airport last Wednesday by 30-degree temperatures. I looked up Rugby and saw the Geographical Center coming in at 50 degrees! Luckily, things straightened out.

The warmer temperatures were pleasant, but so was getting back to Rugby and diving back into work here at the Tribune. Then the snow hit Wednesday and the mixed feelings followed.

No sense in fighting it, though, because Mother Nature always wins. I decided to embrace the first snowy evening and so did many other Rugbyites I saw on my walk to the armory for some pickup basketball games. I passed one lady, who smiled while toting a few bags of groceries, and received waves from others with shovels.

This morning I took a quick ride around the city in search of snowmen and other wintry scenes to capture. Rugby is quite picturesque with and without the white stuff, but the parks and cemeteries especially caught the eye. With a good winter coat, gloves and hat, it will be difficult not getting out to walk around town and experience the beauty of winter.

We really had to take advantage of the few snowy days we had growing up, but I'm looking forward to slowing down and really taking in all winter has to offer. From the icicles of all sizes that will become mainstays on branches to the various animal tracks to follow, there's plenty to explore if you don't mind braving the conditions.

Take it in, and I look forward to seeing many of you out on the town as the holidays approach and cheer hopefully dominates the chill in the air.

 
 

 

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