I love to travel. I enjoy seeing different places. Whenever I am coming home from a trip, I am amazed by the beauty that surrounds me right where I live. I have seen many beautiful places, but my little corner of western Arkansas can hold it's own with anyplace. It is particularly beautiful in the fall. The Talimena scenic drive starts right here in Mena, and stretches across the top of the world for 54 miles to Talihina, Oklahoma. It has become well- known as a fall foliage viewing destination as the entire stretch of road comes alive with color in autumn. Beautifully striking reds, yellows and oranges cover the mountains during October and November, as seas of color radiate as far as the eye can see.
As beautiful as the Talimena Drive is, I want to show you the beauty that is right here in town, starting with my backyard.
On my way to work each day, I drive past Cox Lake. For the last week or so I have been noticing how beautiful it is in the early morning light right after sunrise. (It's not that I go to work that early, It's just that with daylight savings time the sun is coming up so late.) After several days of wishing that I had my camera with me, I finally remembered to bring it. I was pleased with the photos. So often when I take pictures of fall colors, they don't seem to be as colorful as I remember. The early morning light really brings out the warm tones and makes lovely photos.
COX LAKE IN THE EARLY MORNING SUN
Probably the best known building in Mena is the restored train depot. Mena residents are very proud of the depot which was completely restored in 1987 from donations and many volunteer hours. As I was leaving First National Bank, I snapped this shot of the depot, with the trees that line the street next to the bank.
THE MENA DEPOT
Beauty can be found anywhere. Here are a couple of shots taken at my place of business. Some people have even called it a junkyard. Beauty can even be found in a "junkyard".
IVY GROWING ON MY WINDSHIELD WAREHOUSE
A COLORFUL TWIG OF IVY
Any road in the area provides beautiful scenes this time of year. I'm not sure who said it, but i love the quote "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower". It is very true here in Mena right now, every leaf is a flower.
I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.