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... Restaurant and General Store’ which had been in the family for a hundred years. I expect it will still be there in another hundred and still won’t have changed much. I wouldn't have been surprised if John-Boy Walton had walked in.
As the afternoon wore on a few showers passed through our peripheral vision, I wondered if we might slalom through them. But inevitably it was soon time to don foul weather gear and test Stuart’s new ...
... the fact that all of the headend weight rests on driven wheels makes for an enormously powerful, if slow-moving engine.
That makes it easy to chase... as long as there are roads and vistas. Those are in somewhat scant supply but not so scarce or hard to reach as to deny us a gratifying morning of picture taking. One of the vistas was at a swinging bridge that spanned the Greenbrier River. We took pictures of the bridge, and ljw went ...
... br> Walt had a chance to mount the cab and take pix there before we left and the crew were generous with their time in conversation. Seems the D&G is believed to be the likely private successor to the State as owner and operator of the Cass Scenic RR... and that the D&G (which is commonly owned with two short line freight operations and two other scenics) has notions/aspiration/dreams of reconnecting Cass with Durbin and in another direction, with Elkins; in both ...
... we decided to stop at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which just happened to be right on our way. What an amazing place! i don't know if all of the tour guides are as good as the one we got or if we just lucked out. She not only knew her spiel and did it so well that it didn't sound canned, but she had answers to all of our questions. And Walt threw quite a few her way!
One point that particularly caught my attention was the degree of sensitivity ...
... was the degree of sensitivity of the 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 ...
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