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Capital -Charleston, Berkeley
Cities- Lynchburg, Charleston
Year of statehood- 1863
Motto-Mountaineers are always free –montian simper er liberi
5 other facts-state tree is the sugar maple, state gem is
the fossil coral, has 1 national forest, 9 state forests, 37 state parks
... in 45 minutes of riding. We rode through trees, and miles of orchards with huge apples ripe and ready for harvest. They must be honest souls around these parts because the crop was right up to the edge of the road and not a fence in sight. Every corner (and there were plenty of those) brought a new and impressive vista.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch in a little town called Wardensville, just over the border into West Virginia. The ‘White ...
... across, but we decided the vegetation would block the view of the train, and it would be very hard to hold the camera steady while standing on a movable bridge so we took the train pics from solid ground. Then we rode the afternoon departure which included two restored Wabash cabooses now rented as overnite (or longer) lodging at the end of the (currently) usable track, about 10 miles from the terminal. It's a pretty ride, with plenty of curves ...
... rail, sleepers and roadbed that will support a "track speed" (speed limit) of perhaps 40-50 mph (FWIW, many -- perhaps 'most'.scenic operations run in the 7 - 15 mph range). Then the plan is reputed to be reconnecting a final leg -- an old WVRR or C&O line between Durbin and Elkins, which makes for a 90 mile loop; and possibly, a revival of some freight service. In addition, they have a Heisler -- another kind of gear driven loco. It's currently in pieces and the husk ...
... telescope to radio interference of any kind. Because of that, there is a ban on the use of all sorts of things -- including digital cameras, anywhere near the telescopes AND a complete ban on cell phone use -- and towers -- in the whole valley! Thus no cell phone service! I don't feel so bad now that I know it's for a good reason!
Walt would have to fill in the details, because I didn't take notes, but this telescope weighs 17 MILLION pounds. I think the ...
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