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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hiking WV: Cathedral State Park

If you want a flat place to hike, then Cathedral State Park is your best bet in WV. Which is why we took a meander despite the fact that I still feel pretty crappy from this cold.

Cathedral took a substantial amount of damage during hurricane Sandy, but the trails are all clear–and the uprooted trees are fascinating.

Location: Cathedral State Park
Trails: Cathedral, Giant Hemlock, Partridge Berry Trails
Distance: 1.8 miles
Elevation: 2438 – 2626 feet

If you’ve ever tried to photograph the woods, you know it’s pretty difficult to get a pictures from within the forest that shows the majesty of what you’re seeing. It’s that old–you can’t photograph the forest for the trees.


Doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting, it’s just very hard to photograph and give you an idea of what it’s like.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Traveling WV: Cheat River

The WV leaf reports started this week, so since I am still tired and miserable from this stupid cold, we decided to take a scenic drive.





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Friday, September 11, 2015

Traveling WV: Abandoned Bridge

We had to stop at this bridge on our way back from Jackson’s Mill.




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Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Books of August

A little late, but here are the books of August. Some hot weather upped the numbers, bringing me to 12 books for the month.

The best book of the month was a re-read,
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. It had been years and years since I read it, but something about the story kept popping into my mind from time to time, so I decided it was long past time for a re-read.

It was just as marvelous as I remembered.


Fables Vol. 21: Happily Ever After (2015) Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, and Andrew Pepoy
Fables Vol. 22: Farewell (2015)
Fairest Vol. 5: The Clamour for Glamour (2015)
Ms Marvel
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why (2015) G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob (7/10)Wyatt
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed (2015) G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Elmo Bondoc (7/10)


The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995) Guy Gavriel Kay (9.5/10)

Audio Book

Bangkok 8 audible version (2003/2011) John Burdett narrated by Paul Boehmer (8.5/10)
Mercy Blade, Audible Version (2011/2011) Faith Hunter narrated by Khristine Hvam (8/10)
Moon Called, Audible Version (2006/2009) Patricia Briggs narrated by Lorelei King (7/10)
Kitty Goes to Washington audible version (2006/2009) Carrie Vaughn narrated by Marguerite Gavin

Historical Mystery / Romance

A Dangerous Madness (2014) Michelle Diener (7.5/10)
London Interlude (2015) Tracy Grant (7/10)

And here’s the breakdown.

Lots of graphic novels lead to a higher than normal number of paper books read, and canning lead to a higher than normal number of audio book listened to. (I listen to about an audio book a month if it’s mostly lunch time walks. When I’m canning, audio books distract me from the heat and the sometimes monotonous tasks.)

Trade Paperback : 5
eBook : 3
Audio : 4
Multiple Formats : 5
Re-read : 5

The high number of re-reads and multiple formats were primarily due to audio books.

A bit of variety this month in the genres I read.

Fantasy : 5
Mystery : 4
Romance : 3
YA : 1
Comic : 5

And gender-wise, women remained in the lead:

Male : 2
Female : 7
Anthology : 3

That gives brings the yearly percentages as such:

Male : 34%
Female : 52%

Not a bad month, especially consider that I did manage to get out quite a bit.

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Categories: Books & Reading  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Traveling WV: Jackson’s Mill

One of my favorite parts of Jackson’s Mill is the mill itself, which is fully functioning and grinds wheat and corn that are available for sale in the mill and in the general store.

It’s a water powered mill, except that it doesn’t have the external paddle wheel often associated with mills (like the on at Babcock State Park). Instead, the water flows under the mill, powering the wheels and gears within.

Here’s where it all begins: the pond.


The water then turns this gear, which in turn…


Moves these wheels…


And when this gear is shifted over and engaged…


Turns the stone wheel which grinds the grain.


A wheel exactly like this one.


And here’s the original cabin:


And some farm tools:



Couple more pictures if you click through to Flickr.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory



Chimney Sweeps


Textile Mills




Coal Mines


They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there

Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker Mine in South Pittston, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1911, from a 1908-1912 series on...

You’ll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair





Upper Big Branch


child labor today 1

child labor today 2

child labor today 3


child labor today 4

Just a reminder what we’re celebrating today.

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Categories: Holidays  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Traveling WV: Jackson’s Mill Jubilee

Every year on Labor Day weekend Jackson’s Mill has a Jubilee, with a craft fair and reenactors and live music and other stuff.

For awhile the size was really down, but it’s been slowly getting better, with more crafters and musicians this year than we’d seen in the past couple visits.






There are some other pictures if you click through the Flickr.

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Sunday Flower Pr0n (with Bonus Clouds!)

Here are some flowers we saw on our Saturday wander through multiple places in the state.




Plus! Bonus Dramatic Clouds!


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