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Monday, March 27, 2017

WV Botanic Garden

Since the early flowers are blooming (those that didn’t die because of the early warm spell) we went to the Botanic Garden.

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Tibbs Run

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First rhododendron of the year!

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Grape hyacinth

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These tiny daffodils are adorable.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Flower Pr0n

Today needed something relaxingly active, so we took a trip to the WV Botanic Garden

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Happy Fall!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

SNOW! Coopers Rock

We need to rent snowshoes, to determine if we’re going to buy some; let me tell you, hiking in deep snow is HARD. We did a mile out on the main road, and a mile back, and it was pretty exhausting. (We foolishly went out with the intention of walking to the overlook. Nope!)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

SNOW SNOW SNOW! Snow Is Pretty!

OK, I wanted to post the pretty pictures AFTER the whiny pictures.

Here are some overviews of town.

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The Law School (have fun getting in THOSE doors)

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And the area around the Alumni Center

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SNOW! Roads & Sidewalks (Suck)

If WVU has classes tomorrow, I call BS. As of 2ish, most roads we saw were a lane–lane and a half at most, and sidewalks were for the most part unwalkable.

Sidewalk on University–note that halfway up the hill there is not even a trodden path–you pretty much have to walk in the road

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Patteson Drive–sidewalks are not only not cleared, they are covered with plowed snow–completely unwalkable.

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You can see there is a path trod right up to the closed sidewalk sign–then you’re forced into the road.

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North street–you can see there is only a lane and a half plowed.

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Student parking lots

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

SNOW SNOW SNOW (Also: Tired)

Here’s our walk, Saturday between noon and two.

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SNOW! SNOW! I LOVE SNOW!

Saturday morning, between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

15 1/2 to 17 1/2 inches of snow around the house.

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Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow!

Friday evening:

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Friday, November 6, 2015

University Avenue Is Reopened!

University Avenue reopened today–at least partially.

It’s still a construction zone, it’s a rough asphalt job, and the sidewalk is supposed to be closed. But you can drive down University again.

Here’s what we saw:

First view coming around the corner:

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Sidewalk closed! (I ignored this.)

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Here’s where you can see the drop.

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Panorama of Beverly & University.

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Some new, nice wide sidewalk!

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Oooh! Metal barriers to separate the pedestrians from the traffic! And they’re not ugly!

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The garage is open! (At least the upper floors are.)

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Many more pictures if you click through to Flickr.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

(De)Construction: University Ave – 2 Weeks Till School Starts

NOTE: The first two pictures were taken last week, by Michael, when he was on site for work.

The rest were taken by me, this evening, because I can.

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The change in this sign amused me.

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Where the triangular house was:

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The new sidewalk? The new curb? Random cement pouring?

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The road is covered in dirt–it has not been torn up yet.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

(De)Construction: Week Two, Day Four

Here’s how things looked today!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue: Week 2

Here’s how things looked today!

These are taken coming down University (heading south).

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These are taking walking south on Beverly.

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Michael: I bet the rent is dirt cheap.

As I was taking pictures with my phone, I was unsurprised that this picture didn’t turn out as I wanted.

When I looked in the hole, I could see water rushing by.

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This is taken at the Y, standing on University and looking down onto Beverly.

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And there are today’s updates.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue: Day 4

It’s still raining, which is why I didn’t wander down to see the destruction yesterday. But there was a break in the weather this evening, so I got to see what’s happened.

They’re moving quickly.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue

So University Avenue is going to be closed for a couple months (so they say) so they can drop the road 5 feet for a flat intersection with 3rd street.

The construction started yesterday, so today I walked down to see what has happened so far.

The placement of this sign is apparently to ensure the maximum number of cars ignoring it.

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And having to turn around here.

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You didn’t think I was going to obey that sign, did you?

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This is, I am guessing, the section of road that will be dropped 5 feet.Yes, it is already relatively steep. No, I don’t know what they were thinking.

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I am not at ALL sad to see this building go.

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Current state of the intersection. I presume nothing is going to happen until that house is down.

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3rd Street

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Beverley. Weirdly, there is a hole in the ground here, behind that pile of gravel.

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That’s just me being easily amused.

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My supposition is that this is where the re-grading will start.

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There you go! The current state of the University Avenue construction project!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock State Forest

It was Sunday, and the weather was beautiful, so of course we were at Coopers Rock.

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trails: Climbing Area trail, Raven Rock trail, McCollum trail, Roadside trail
Distance: 5.6 miles
Elevation: 1091 feet

First, the views from Raven Rock.

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I think you can see to Maryland there.

You can definitely see Pennsylvania here.

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Despite the view, I can’t say Raven Rock trail is a favorite. It’s extremely rocky, which just isn’t particularly comfortable to hike. (At least not with my ankle.)

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Amusements along the hike:

The root structure being left behind as the stump disintegrates.

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We stumbled upon the mating of the picnic tables. I was embarrassed.

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This happy tree!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Hike: Arboretum

Yesterday was both a vet appointment first thing in the morning, and the Winter Blues Farmers Market in the early afternoon, so traveling anywhere was right out.

So today, we had a nice hike at the arboretum. Not much in the way of flowers, but we saw plenty of birds, and the plants that will be those spring flowers are popping up.

Location: WVU Arboretum
Distance: 1.4 mile
Elevation: 441 feet

Crocuses are right at the front entrance. I noticed for different kinds of crocuses.

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Actual wild flowers! If I wasn’t looking closely, I would have completely missed them.

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Baby oak tree!

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And I noticed this sitting on a bench.

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GPS Map of the walk.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Blue Skies Over Snow

Because the roads still weren’t clear, and there were multiple accidents on the Interstate, we got a second day off from work.

After lunch, I took another walk.

An utterly gorgeous day.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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These trees by the Law School were FULL of robins. At least 20.

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Near the President’s House, looking down to Beechurst, the Mon, and the power plant.

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At the Law Center, looking over and past the football complex.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock, Scotts Run & Roadside Trails

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trails: Scott Run and Roadside Trails
Distance: 5.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1038 ft

Scott Run Trail
2.9 miles
763 ft elevation gain

Roadside Trail
1.8 miles
187 ft elevation gain

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekend Ramblings: Decker’s Creek Rail Trail

Today’s excursion was biking along the Decker’s Creek Rail Trail.

When I was little, Decker’s Creek was dead. Due to acid mine drainage and other pollutants, nothing lived in the creek, it was an unappealing shade of orange, and it stank.

Today, I still wouldn’t drink from Decker’s Creek on a bet, but it’s a whole lot better, and the community is working to continue to improve it.

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Ride details
Location: Mon River & Decker’s Creek Rail Trail
Distance: 22.3 miles
Elevation change: 693 feet

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