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October is a great month in Greene County

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 5:55 PM

October is here and the Greene County countryside is just starting to show a little bit of color other than green. By the end of the month, the show will be over.

Brown County has become the best-known destination of choice for a Sunday drive to see the color in central Indiana, but I learned early that Greene County is better. It's just as pretty and there's no traffic jams near Calvertville or Tulip or the Viaduct.

The car my family piled into for those Sunday drives every fall in the '50s and '60s was as big as a boat, with fins. It was called a DeSoto and there was plenty of room.

My Grandma Alta always had to have bittersweet in the fall and she'd watch the roadside as we drove up and down the hills of Highland Township. She'd signal Grandpa Clovis and we'd stop on the side of the road to get out and snatch snippets of the vine with the bright orange berries.

I understood the mushroom hunting thing in the spring -- we took those home, fried those up and ate them -- a tasty treat every year. But I never knew why we needed to hunt the bittersweet, except that it was a fall tradition that must be done. I guess it was just the proper decoration for October and November and we had to have it.

I always knew when to expect the drive -- the leaves were at their best on one of the weekends that fell between my Grandpa Clovis' birthday on the 11th and my dad's birthday on the 26th.

Now there's all this global warming talk and since the weather does actually does seem to be changing, it may become harder to predict which weekend will be the most colorful in Greene County if you don't live here. But there's a solution to the problem.

You can check the progress of the changing scenery by watching one of Indiana's leaf cams online. Go to visitindiana.com for links to live videos of the leaves in Brown County, French Lick, Spring Mill and other scenic spots.

The progress of the Greene County leaves will be like the leaf cam in Brown County. The leaf cams are turned off at night but are on every day through the fall season.

For those of you who are far from home and can't see the leaves out your kitchen window, check out the leaf cam and remember the days when you were kicking through those bright yellow leaves on your way home from school. Kinda wish you were back home again in Indiana?



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