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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hiking WV: Canaan Valley & Blackwater Falls

Since we’d had a cold snap after the rains, and since temps were supposed to start rising, we took Friday to travel to Blackwater Falls in hopes that the falls were frozen.

It hadn’t bee cold enough to freeze the falls completely, but there was still a fair amount of ice.

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Why yes, I did ignore the “Closed” sign and went down the stairs.

For this view? It was worth it. (Plus, I was very careful.)

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Pretty!

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We also went down to Elakala Falls.

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Let me be clear, the scramble down is never especially easy, but in the winter, especially after a lot of rain and then a snap freeze, the path is treacherous.

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We wore Yaktrax, because I know very well how clumsy I am.

But it was well worth it.

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Because it was already warming up, water was starting to trickle down the icicles.

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We also went to Canaan Valley SP.

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I mentioned that earlier we’d had rain and then a quick freeze earlier. I hadn’t quite thought about how that would affect this boggy, marshy area.

What happened is that the low areas flooded, and then froze. So any low-lying ground ended up covered in ice.

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Normally we’ll walk out to the end of this bit of land, but the path was solid ice–and slippery. So we just looked (it wasn’t worth the view to pull out and put on the Yaktrax). It was pretty amazing.

If you look closely at this picture, you’ll see that a layer of ice formed on the grass, several inches above the ground.

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It was a wonderful day, and I’m glad we were able to get away to enjoy it.

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3 Responses to “Hiking WV: Canaan Valley & Blackwater Falls”

  1. H J Gadiyar Says:

    Beautiful set of “Frozen” Canaan Valley pictures.

    Just looking at those pictures, wonder how you managed to go and take pictures for those who love the pictures but could never made it!!

    Thanks for the pictures you shared and the description of the pictures.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Thank you!

    I do love winter, and being able to share the beauty I hope helps explain that to my I-Hate-Winter-Friends. :)

  3. H J Gadiyar Says:

    I am one of those about Winter,especially after I became Senior Citizen!!!!
    But such beautiful scenery would not be there, if there is no WInter.
    If it is not for your posting of these pictures, I would never have been able to enjoy them.

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