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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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Friday, December 13, 2019

Flowers and Lights

Wednesday I was lucky enough to get to go to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the light show.

Yeah, there was flower pr0n galore, but the lights were really wonderful.

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I took a few more pictures, which you can see if you click through to Flickr.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hiking WV: Blackwater Falls

Since the fall leaf color is done anywhere within driving distance, we jumped straight into winter with a hike at Blackwater Falls.

Since I’ve been slacking on walking / hiking in recent months, we decided to take a relatively easy hike, and hiked part of the Davis Trail. This is the part of the Allegheny Trail that runs from Blackwater Falls to Cannan Valley State Park.

It was lovely.

Location: Blackwater Falls
Trail: Davis Trail / Allegheny Trail
Distance: 5.1 miles
Elevation: 3203-3669 feet (660 ft)

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Traveling WV: Harpers Ferry

The eastern panhandle and the southern part of the state are the last areas to lose their leaves. As the eastern panhandle is an easier drive, that’s where we tend to head mid-November.

It was a gray day, and a past peak, although there were still trees that had some leaves.

Harpers Ferry is another place fascinating place to wander around. There is a ton of history there–and not just John Brown’s raid.

There is also some amazing beautify.

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Two of my favorite spots there are ruins.

The old water-power ruins.

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Wandering around old ruins (and especially finding hidden ruins in the woods) is a reminder of the impermanence of humanity. That of these man-made structures, the only things that are left are the stones our fore-bearers mortared together in an attempt to constrain nature.

And the old church.

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Traveling WV: Berkeley Springs

I managed to forget to share the pictures from last week’s drive to Berkeley Springs. Neither of us wanted a long drive, but we wanted to a chance to see some leaf color, so off we went.

We went first to Cacapon SP, where a recent storm had taken down a lot of trees, so the road going up to the mountain top was closed, which was disappointing, since I’d hoped to see how the entire valley looked.

But it was still pretty.

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Some nice color at the lower elevations.

Then we went to Berkeley Springs, which I always find lovely to walk around.

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Beautiful!

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