If the weather cooperates, I sit among the fans and take in the deep blue sky and the brilliant colors of the hills around the stadium. If the day is not too glorious, I even catch a little of the action on the field.
If only more people who do live here would pause to enjoy the paradise we inhabit.
If more of us would take advantage of the opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, boating and camping, some of our much-discussed health problems might fall away.
In some states, people define themselves by such avocations rather than their day jobs. They are thinner and healthier.
But I don't mean to preach. This is a season to enjoy.
The state Division of Tourism has plotted five autumn trails with alluring names: Southern Accents, River Reflections, Scarlet Heartland, Mountain Magic and Golden Gateway.
One stretches from Huntington to White Sulphur Springs, another along the Ohio River from Point Pleasant to Wheeling; a third from Coopers Rock near Morgantown to Flatwoods; a fourth from Canaan Valley to southern Pocahontas County; and finally one from Harpers Ferry to Berkeley Springs in the Eastern Panhandle.
As a native West Virginian, I've been to most of the places along those routes.
I would gladly trace any of the trails again, and I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite.
On the tourism division web site - wvtourism.com - is a map that shows when colors will peak in each area. The estimated times range from late September to late October.
Someone determined and organized could follow all five trails and perhaps experience the most spectacular fall of their lives.
So here's a challenge:
Pick a route - one of the tourism division's or your own - and enjoy fall in West Virginia.
Take some pictures, if you want, and send the best to dmn...@dailymail.com or to Fall Trips, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV, 25301 with information for captions.
We'll run some in the newspaper and in a gallery at
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.