You can see it from our campsite. The first thing you notice is the American flag, and then you can make out what looks like a shack. The confluence where the Gauley and New rivers merge to become the Kanawha river is marked by two large clumps of rocks. On the taller rock, a group … More Crosses and a Bus, Part II
If you spend any time in the town of Gauley Bridge West Virginia, you’ll likely notice two of its most notable landmarks–other than the obvious New and Gauley Rivers that converge to form the Kanawha River. At the beginning of the Kanawha are two large rock formations. On one stands a bus. On the other … More Crosses and a Bus, Part I
When I called to make reservations at the New River Campground the owner told me we were lucky to get a site on Bridge Day weekend. I feigned understanding and agreed that I was indeed lucky. When I was done with the call I promptly Googled “Bridge Day.” It takes place on the third Saturday … More Base, Antennae, Span, Earth
I am afraid of heights. Not paranoid, just fearful. Over the years I’ve been on top of 20 foot ladders, cliffs and other scary places and done OK. I’ve even parasailed. Then again, I’ve gotten the yips just standing on the edge of a diving board or looking down a stairwell. Then Ben said “let’s … More Zip, Zam, Zowie!
On day two of our West Virginia trip we woke to sparkling blue skies. The campground is right on the river in the midst of mountains. I made coffee and we walked dogs. I had just settled down to read the paper when Ben stalked out of the back with a grim look on his … More
It was my idea after all, to go to West Virginia. I used to backpack there years ago, and I’ve always loved the state. “Let’s pack up the boats and the dogs and scout out the area, it will be fun and next time we can stay longer!” So we headed for Gauley Bridge, West … More Not Quite so Heavenly
Along with our Red Dog we travel with my little Jack Russell Terrier (JRT). I adopted him in 2008 from a friend who had found him roaming the streets. They took him in and named him “Sweet Pea.” They learned fairly quickly that they were not equipped for such a busy little dog. They searched for his … More Little Dude