Hampton Inn Elkins
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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 ...
... 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 ...
... breed of steam locomotive.
Linda found some additional pleasures in local crafts people's work -- quilting and other fabric arts; stained glass, jewelry, and some incredible baskets made from pine needles. Some incorporated carved pieces of walnut into the work. They were really beautiful. Some of the glass reminded us of the super high quality work done by our friend, Al Garber, in New Haven, whose lamps, sun catchers and other decorative pieces still adorn our house.
This has been a mostly very good day -- full of excitement, surprise and a partial answer to yesterday's technology woes.
First, a short drive to Cass to see the Cass Scenic Railroad -- one of the reasons for coming this far south on the way to Minnesota. We took pictures of the train in the station, then asked if the train's route crossed the road anywhere where we might be able to get pictures. following the helpful directions, we drove along a beautiful ...