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Friday, July 31, 2015

WV State Parks: Fairfax Stone State Park

No hiking here. But we DID visit.

Here is, pretty much, the entire state park.

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Here you go! The headwaters of the Potomac!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hiking WV: Dolly Sods Wilderness

We took advantage of our location and took a short hike at Dolly Sods Wilderness. It was the opposite side of the area than we’d hiked last time, and it was much much busier than our last visit (as in, last time we saw one person, and he was on the road, not the trail).

One reason there were so many people is because there were fields and fields and fields of ripe wild blueberries. Amazing amounts of wild blueberries.

An added bonus to a beautiful hike.

Location: Dolly Sods Wilderness
Trails: Rocky Ridge, Blackbird Knob, Breathed Mountain Trails
Distance: 3.4 miles
Elevation: 3908 – 4175 feet

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hiking WV: Canaan Wildlife Refuge

While waiting for people to show up for our hike at Canaan Valley State Park, we decided to check out the Canaan Wildlife Refuge.

I immediately decided that we had to take the small people on a hike there. The trail was flat, relatively straight, relatively even, went through woods and fields and several different kinds of plant life, and there was a huge field full of wild blueberries.

It. Was. Awesome.

Location: Canaan Wildlife Refuge
Trail: Beall Loop (partial)
Distance: 1.1 mile
Elevation: 3217-3307 feet

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hiking WV: Canaan Valley State Park

We took a gorgeous hike at Canaan Valley State Park (checked that one off the list!) and although it was muddy in spots (it has rained for seemingly two months straight) it wasn’t difficult to get around the mud (ie, no impassable rhododendron).

Location: Canaan Valley State Park
Trail: Middle Ridge State Park
Distance: 2.4 miles
Elevation: 3210-3501 feet

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hiking WV: Allegheny / Blackwater Canyon Trails

We spent Thursday through Saturday in the Blackwater Falls / Canaan area, and it was beautiful. Our hikes were shorter than normal, mostly because many of them had people not used to hiking. (Hikers ages ranged from 4 to 90, so, not so much with the long hikes.)

Along the Blackwater Canyon trail were old coke ovens, from Thomas’ industrial days, and then Douglas Falls, which were gorgeous, and well worth the scramble down to the water.

Location: Thomas, WV
Trails: Allegheny & Blackwater Canyon Trails
Distance: 3.8 miles
Elevation: 2743-2946 feet

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Bonus: Wild black raspberries.

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They were very delicious.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Flower: Blackwater Falls & Canaan Edition

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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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Hiking WV: Coopers Rock

FINALLY we could get back out to Coopers Rock without having to hike in rain and storms.

The streams were running high, which meant I had to be careful traipsing through the water.

I was, and it was gorgeous.

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trails: Rhododendron, Mont Chateau trails (plus splashing through a very cold stream)
Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation: 874 feet

I believe that’s the most water I’ve seen coming through this stream.

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And now a brief rant/whine.

I don’t dislike bicycles. In fact I have one and enjoy riding it.

However.

Some of my favorite trails at Coopers Rock are a muddy mess because of mountain bikers.

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It’s been raining, so of course the trails are going to be wet in areas–especially where the trail is also part of a watershed run-off. I expect that.

The problem is that when people bike through these areas when it’s this wet, the entire trail becomes a churned up mess that is messy and ugly and not very fun to hike. There are sections of trail where the churned up mud is twice as wide as the trail, because of mountain bikers.

I don’t mind getting my feet wet (obviously), and I expect the trails to be muddy when it’s been raining as frequently as it has been. But I think it’s ridiculous that whole sections of trail are almost impassible unless you want to slog through a couple inches of mud.

As hikers, we have the ability to go off the trail, to try and avoid the nasty mess, but that’s not in the best interest of the forest.

Yes, the forest is open the everyone–that’s one of the many joys and benefits of living in WV. But I don’t see why bikers can’t use a little common courtesy and not tear up the trails when they are wet and muddy.

They’re ruining it for those of us who want to take our time and enjoy the scenery as we go past.

OK, done ranting.

Here’s some more gorgeous stream to close on.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Flower Pr0n: State Forests Edition

Well, state parks and state forests, but since the state park was technically in a forest, we’ll just let it go.

Pictures are from Stonewall Resort and Coopers Rock.

The rhododendron are in bloom!

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Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)

Are you a mushroom? No! I’m a fun-gi!

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And here’s Stonewall Resort State Park

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Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

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Wild Bergamot / Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)

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Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

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