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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Flower Pr0n: WV Botanic Garden

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Categories: Flowers,Photos  

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Mountain Laurel

I GOT TO GO TO THE WOODS YESTERDAY!

Why is this exciting? Because it’s been five weeks already since I broke my foot, and since the weather was lovely, I put on my foot, grabbed my crutches, and we took a short hike at Coopers Rock.

It was LOVELY to be in the forest. Especially since one of my favorite flowers was on display.

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Hiking with Crutches

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Hiking WV: Watters-Smith Memorial State Park

Really, more of a saunter than a hike.

Watters Smith Memorial State Park

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Categories: Photos,State Park / Forest,West Virginia  

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Hiking WV: Cranberry Wilderness

When we want to hike without seeing other people, we head to the Cranberry Wilderness.

Location: Cranberry Wilderness
Trail: Middle Fork Trail (partial)
Distance: 4.2 miles
Elevation: 2494 – 2664 ft (177 ft)

We’ve hiked eastern portions of this trail before, so we decided to find the western trail head and start there.

The trail starts with a creek crossing.

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Then quickly goes to another creek crossing.

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The trail runs beside (in) the creek for awhile.

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Then we finally reached a crossing that was deeper than we capable of crossing while keeping our feet dry.

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If it were warmer, I would have taken off my boots to cross, but it was a little too chilly for that, so we headed back.

So, we’ll go back when it hasn’t been raining for a month (and have water shoes, for the deepest crossings).

We then went to a different spot and were attacked by approximately ten billion flies, so we quickly gave up.

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Despite rearranging our masks to cover not just our mouths but also our ears, and wearing glasses, the flies were just too irritating to deal with, when most of our walk was going to be along a creek.

But the views on the brief walk were pretty!

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Categories: Hiking,National Park / Forest,Photos,West Virginia  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Carrollton Covered Bridge

West Virginia has a number of covered bridges–some still in use, some not in use.

Back in 2017 I heard the Carrollton Covered Bridge had burned, but wasn’t quite sure which bridge it was.

This weekend on the way to Audra, I was reminded which bridge it was, since although it’s open to traffic, it is still obvious that it had burned.

There is a push to get it rebuilt, but since three years have passed, it doesn’t seem to be a priority.

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Hiking WV: Audra State Park

Saturday was gorgeous, and we spent it at Audra, some hiking, but mostly playing around the water.

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If you’ve never been Audra has a boardwalk through the Alum cave, which is a lot of fun.

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Watch your head!

The main trail goes along the West Fork river, and there are many paths to get down to the water. We spent half our time walking along the river.

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And throwing sticks into the river.

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One log we threw in and followed along the river for as long as we could, freeing it from the rocks and cheering it on its journey.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock

Finally got out to Coopers Rock.

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trail: Advanced Ski Trail
Distance: 5.2 miles
Elevation: 1518-2226 feet (773 feet)

No snow. No flowers. But there was water.

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