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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hiking WV: Audra State Park

Cooler weather and an influx of horrific traffic to Morgantown got us on the road again, this time to Audra State Park.

The Girst Mill (it’s earlier use) is long gone, except for a grinding stone, but the Alum Cave trail along the river has multiple paths to wander down to the water, where you can swim and sunbathe in relative isolation if you’re willing to hike a bit.

I really like Audra. It’s not a particularly strenuous hike (we went out and back the same way, because I prefer to walk closer to the water) but it’s very pretty, and has lots of options for going down to the water.

Location: Audra State Park
Trail: Alum Cave Trail
River: Middle Fork River
Distance: 2.9 miles
Ascent: 497 feet

I love the board walk. It’s more solid than it looks.




We had a long discussion about this root formation:


Rotting logs can be absolutely fascinating:


And lots of paths to get down to the water:



GPS map of hike

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekend Travels: Deep Creek Lake & Swallow Falls

This was move-in weekend, so as a Morgantown resident, I knew there was only one thing to do: get the hell out of town.

We chose to drive east, to the Maryland State Parks of Deep Creek Lake and Swallow Falls. Having grown up in WV, where all the State Parks are free, it always comes as a bit of a shock when we have to pay to get in. But considering the amount of damage at Swallow Falls State Park from Hurricane Sandy, I couldn’t really complain.




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Monday, July 29, 2013

Weekend Ramblings: Rock City

This was actually a couple weekends ago, but, I forgot to post the pictures.



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Monday, July 15, 2013

Family Visit: Blackwater Falls

Friday we took the day off to visit my family who were spending the week in Blackwater Falls. The skies were grey, and it was rainy, but we were there to see my family, so that didn’t much matter.



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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tsk Tsk

I’m saddened that no one commented upon a common item in the last two posts: Seneca Rock and Spruce Knob.

I’m obviously too subtle for my own good.

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Weekend Travels: Seneca Rocks

Sunday would have been my cousin Ben’s 33rd birthday. My aunt and uncle held a memorial hike along the Appalachian Trail on Sunday, but I’ve felt very uncomfortable recently around groups of people I don’t know, so Michael and I chose to hike up Seneca Rocks, which is one of the first places he climbed.

There are two ways to get up Seneca Rocks: climb the face or hike from the side. We–unsurprisingly–chose the hike.

Here are some views of Seneca Rocks:




This is the end of the hiking path: only climbers with proper gear are supposed to go beyond here.


We also made the slightly more arduous hike (because it’s not a path, but a trail) to the base of the rock. We came in from the left, so it’s looking up at the lower face on the far left. Here’s a look upwards.


This is a gorgeous stream running below the rock face. One of the nice things about visiting state parks is the water ways tend to be clean and clear and unpolluted (ie, not orange from acid mine drainage, which used to be the state of all the creeks local to Morgantown.)


Here’s the view from the observation deck:


And here’s a sign that caught my fancy. You could see several areas of erosion where people took “shortcuts.”


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekend Travels: Spruce Knob & Dolly Sods

Since we made an actual weekend of our trip (staying overnight instead of just a day trip) we had our leisure to visit several of the parks and recreation areas.

Spruce Knob is West Virginia’s highest peak. We did not hike to the top, but instead drove (I believe it’s an 11 mile hike).

Despite being the end of May, it was quite cold–there was even ice on the ground under the observation tower. But it was also gorgeous, and there were not many people, so one could actually get a sense of the isolation of the area.

It’s nice to be in a mostly wild area, and not see or hear other humans.



Mind you, it’s not quiet in these areas–nature isn’t particularly silent–just peaceful.

Coming back down from Spruce Knob, we made the mistake of listening to the GPS, which kept wanting us to turn down roads marked “Private! No Trespassing!” or overgrown dirt roads.

On the other hand, it was an absolutely gorgeous drive.


We also took a short hike at Dolly Sods


We also saw many signs of Superstorm Sandy. There are some trails throughout the various state parks that are still closed, and we had to clamber over several downed trees on some of the trails.



And there was plenty of beauty to admire.




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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Week in Geek: Metal Chick Snuggling

First up, the marvelous Gina, hanging out with Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken, and Ada Lovelace the Metal Chick.

The Continuing Adventures of Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken

So sweet!

Wednesday I went overboard.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Adventures of Ada Lovelace, the Small Metal Chick

Earlier this year, I decided that Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken needed a smaller sibling, which is how I ended up with Ada Lovelace, the Small Metal Chick.

After a long search, I recently purchased a travel case for Ada Lovelace, because she is heavy (for her size) and has sharp bits. To inaugurate her Recreational Non-Wheeled Vehicle, we took her to the Arboretum on Saturday.



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Friday, April 26, 2013

The Week in Geek

No clothes to share this week, but I did get new toys!

Skeleton Legos and a zombie lunch box/travel home for Ada Lovelace the small metal chicken.

Skeleton Legos!

You can also see in the background my new Dia De Los Muertos coin purse. It’s larger than I was expecting, but since I’ll be putting more than change in it, that shouldn’t be an issue.

I got some other things from Etsy, but haven’t used them yet. (And my Day of the Dead wallet is still my favorite.)

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What’s in Here?

What on earth could be in here?!



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Monday, April 1, 2013

Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken Game / Contest Has ENDED!

The Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken Game / Contest has ENDED! (Sorry about the long delay. I got miserably sick.)

Emily Warren Roebling will be winging her way to Shawn Powers as soon as Michael can make it to the post office.

Because, that was awesome!

The winner of the naming content is JERI, because Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken’s sibling who will be remaining and traveling with me has been named: Ada Lovelace!

(Jeri, that means you’ll need to actually check your mail.)

I expect photos as soon as your loot has been received!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Awesome Chick Names

So, I think Jeri won the second contest, with her recommendation of Ada Lovelace.

Which, if I continue the theme, means I should have a second scientist name.

Here’s a list of possibilities, which do you like best?

Florence Nightingale
Jane Goodall
Rosalind Franklin
Marie Curie
Shirley Ann Jackson
Wang Zhenyi
Barbara McClintock
Lise Meitner
Emilie du Chatelet
Emily Warren Roebling

I’m leaning towards Rosalind Franklin or Emily Roebling.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Awesome Chicks

For some reason, everyone seems to think Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken’s siblings are boys, because everyone is suggesting boy names.

That’s silly.

They’re obviously chicks. Awesome chicks.

Names I’ve been considering:
Lady Day
Rosemary Clooney
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Aretha Franklin
Mae West

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken Game / Contest!

So, as those of you who’ve been around here for awhile may know, we’ve been taking Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken with us when we travel. (Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken also enjoys visitors.)

The problem is that Ricky Martin is somewhat large and definitely unwieldy, and not easy to take places.

I decided I wanted a smaller metal chicken we could more easily take places. As in, something that might fit in my camera bag.

Thus, I found Yardbirds. And placed an order for siblings for Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken.

Yes, siblings, plural.



One of these adorable hatchlings will travel with us for our weekend trips, and when we walk and see things of interest. (Never fear, Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken will still travel on the trips where we visit people.)

The other one, will go to someone else. Maybe you!


Here’s what you have to do.

You must comment (here!) about what you would do with one of Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken’s siblings.

The winner will be chosen by me (and perhaps Michael), and go where we think this teeny metal chicken will have the best home.

Additionally, I am lousy and giving things names. (Which is why his furriness is named Kat.) So, some other random (as yet to be determined) prize will be given to the person who comes up with the best name for Ricky Martin’s younger sibling.


This contest will remain open until I decide it is closed.

And remember: I am completely and totally open to bribery.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken and the Trick-or-Treaters




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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Travels: Charlotte to Atlanta

This week was Michael’s conference, and this year it was in Atlanta. Michael convinced his work to let us drive (everyone else flew), so we drove down via Charlotte, where we got to meet Eric and Kat.


This was the sunrise Tuesday morning, from our hotel room on the 40th floor of the Marriott.


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Continuing Adventures of Ricky Martin

Today, Ricky Martin had some visitors.

Natalie & Ricky Martin


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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Continuting Adventures of Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken

Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken traveled with us on our vacation.

No, really.

Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken


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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Continuing Adventures of Ricky Martin the Metal Chicken: Woodburn Circle

The obligatory picture with the Mountaineer



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