Four Seasons Motel
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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
... but it was mercifully brief and we felt rather smug. And then about an hour from the warm welcome of the "Angel Band Farm B&B" it started properly. It was heavy, intense – biblical even, to match the Philippi theme! I swear that there was a fellow off to the left loading his cows into an ark. And then the directions failed and we were lost and….we stopped to ask for help and there was a big scary dog and no people (I think the dog had eaten ...
We spent a quiet night in the East Fork campground, drifting off to sleep amid an odor of coal smoke... and awakened to a much stronger one. Seems the Durbin & Greenbrier starts the fire in its gear-driven, 1910 Climax during the evening before the first outbound consist of the work week. The locomotive is left banked until the fireman arrives, ca 6am, which is time to get serious about building a good fire and a head of steam for a 10am ...
... 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 part way across, but we decided the vegetation would block the view of the train, and it would be very ...
... possible vantage point, but it was on private property. We didn't really think we had time to get permission and still find the spot in time, but once in the general area, we found a campground with a "welcome" sign. Since we could hear the train's whistle, we drove through the campground on a road that got ever smaller until i suddenly saw what looked like railroad tracks. I got out of the truck to look, and, sure enough, that's what they were.
We couldn't ...