The James Wylie House
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... Washington DC, so much so that an underground bunker was constructed
there during the Cold War era for the nation’s powerful to retreat to in case
of nuclear war. The bunkers became public information after the Cold War ended
and are now open for tours, my main reason for returning by this route through
eastern West Virginia. Unfortunately, though, the tours for the day were all
booked and I couldn’t cajole them into letting me join.
We left Harrisonburg and made our way through all the small towns in the valley. Avoiding highways has really given us the chance to see the land of all the states we cross. It takes us through the forests, along the train tracks and through all the small, old towns. Some of these towns look a little abandoned and others are adorable mini ecosystems of their own with thriving main streets and delicious local restaurants just asking us to go in and eat everything. It's been so much ...
... have slaves but the circumstances of the time made it hard for him to free the slaves. If they were made free, under Virginian state law they would have to leave the state after 12 months. This would make them homeless. Also, he was the father of several children with one of the slaves, Sally Hemming, although he did not admit to it during his lifetime but it has been proven through DNA. He did give 5 slaves freedom on his death. It took some time ...
... is only sort of marginally cold enough, and I think tomorrow it will be time for a meal in a restaurant.
so much for my complaints. Today we drove from Chambersburg, PA, to Durbin, West Virginia. The last 50 or 60 miles were beautiful, and would have been even nicer if it hadn't been too cloudy to see what must have been spectacular views from 3700 fee high. The campground we're in Is adjacent to the tracks and station of ...
... hiking the first few climbs. We stopped by a shelter to eat lunch. Finally a shelter with a real privy.....4 walls, a took, and.... (drum roll)......a real door! About damn time! Of course as luck would have it, my shorts layed in a spot of mud....then I stepped on them as I sat down. Took a while to clean the mud off my shorts and calf. (At least I hope it was mud...lol!) Today was really great, first we went to the Captain's Place. It has a zip line to get across ...