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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Canaan Valley — Finally Back in the Forest

It’s been a rough couple of years, and I’ve been crap at posting anything besides book roundups, but I’m going to try for a little more variety–no promises, because I’m still struggling, but I’m going to try.

We spent a long weekend at Canaan Valley (the first time we’d been hiking since November, which is a really long time for me) and although the weather was meh for part of the weekend, it was wonderful to be back in the woods.

By meh, I mean Saturday was either rain or this:

Fog in Davis

(Guess what Michael did.)

But we did hike, and of course we our first walk was along the Blackwater River Trail. It’s my favorite.




The beaver dam is starting to fall apart; not sure if the beavers have moved or it was just the ice melting. We’ll see in the coming months.


Since the ground was frozen Sunday morning, we decided to try to Abe Run and Mill Run trails.


Why that caveat?

Those trails are wet.


There are several boardwalks throughout that system.


Luckily the water was mostly frozen (or avoidable) so we get to enjoy this view.


And of course I sat by a creek for a bit.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Picture a Day, Tuesday, October 31st


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Monday, October 30, 2023

Picture a Day, Monday, October 30th


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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Picture a Day, Sunday, October 29th


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Monday, October 23, 2023

Picture a Day, Monday, October 23rd


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Monday, October 16, 2023

Picture a Day, Monday, October 16th

foggy valley

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Picture a Day, Tuesday, October 10th

leaves and club moss

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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Picture a Day, Saturday, October 7th

Canaan Valley State Park

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Autumn Color Coming to a Close

Autumn is over in most regions in WV. In fact, I was startled to find so much color in Morgan county.

I adore the watching the springs bubble.




The color at Cacapon was amazing–so much brighter than I expected.



One day we’ll do the full hike over the mountain at the Paw Paw Tunnel. But Saturday was not that day. Was gorgeous from the top though.


Shockingly the panoramic view along Rt 9 wasn’t busy.


Everyone else’s loss.

Because it really as a perfect day to enjoy the wood and forest.


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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Color Outside the Lines

Friday I led a work hike up Ravens Rock trail.

We started the hike at nine, so there was still a little fog when we reached the rocks.



It was a perfect morning for a hike.

Saturday we decided to take a scenic drive with occasional stops to hike.

Our first stop was Seneca Rocks. From the visitor center we could see how busy things were upon the rocks, so we walked around a bit and then headed off to our next destination.


We hit the Blackwater River trail at Canaan Valley much later than normal, so the light was different.


Not at all bad, but the things I normally look at were in the shade.


I was pleased to be able to see things I don’t normally.



It had been several years since we’d been to Freeland Boardwalk. The entire thing has been completely replaced and rerouted in areas.


Last we went to the Beall’s Trails area in Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge.


Just a short hike, but gorgeous, even though most trees were past peak.


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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Fallen Leaves

I ended up flipping through my hiking books to find a trail near where we were going to be Saturday, which is how we ended up at the Shavers Fork Area, which is (I’m pretty sure) part of the Cheat River WMA.

Aside from our GPS disagreeing with the map, we found our way there and hiked the Crouch Ridge Trail.

It was lovely. We saw no other humans, the leaves were turning, and we there was even a tiny bit of snow falling from the sky!




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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hiking WV: Otter Creek

I really do like hiking Otter Creek. I almost always find solitude there, and the entire hike is beside the creek, which is one of my favorite sounds.

I’ll be honest–all these pictures are simply ones I liked, rather than ones that show the landscape. These stills reflect how being there makes me feel.





It was a lovely day.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Hiking WV: Tiny Glimpse of Fall

Canaan Valley State Park



Blackwater River Trail, Canaan Valley State Park




Table Rock, Canaan Mountain Backcountry




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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Hiking WV: Wandering to Waterfalls

The forecast was rain, but there was a night, home game, so we settled on a series of short hikes to waterfalls.

Douglas Falls is just outside of Thomas, and although the Blackwater Canyon trail is easy, there is a scramble down to the waterfall.


My favorite spot is along the top of the old (and crumbling) retaining wall, and down past the falls a bit.


Then we headed to Blackwater Falls to hike along the Falls of Pendleton.

This hike is not an easy one.




But the views were lovely.



Sadly, as much as I enjoyed sitting there watching the falls, my pictures don’t really show just how amazing the views were.


On the other hand, the weather meant we didn’t see anyone anyone else, which is always a plus.

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