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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
... the trail, so we had to duck down or go around in many places. Despite the challenges in hiking this easy trail (that is handicapped-accessible for the first portion), it was a beautiful snowy scene. Soon we came out at the overlook for Upper Falls on Hills Creek. This 25-foot waterfall was completely frozen, but there was no good spot to view it from. We continued on the trail from here and began descending via steps and switchbacks. The steps were ...
... br> The Climax is one of three known to still exist in the whole world; another is under restoration at the Cass RR, about which Linda wrote yesterday. The Climax design sports a single piston on each side of the boiler, mounted diagonally, with the force transferred thru a series of gears to two trucks under the firebox-and-boiler and two more under the (integral) tender. The wheels are small -- maybe 18 - 20 inches in diameter -- which ...
... derelict but is probably NOT beyond hope, as the Cass has thriving restoration/rebuilding shops. -- The D&G also supposedly hope to add some 4-6-0 Baldwins for use on much of the (hypothetically) restored-loop, though the grade and the switchbacks on the Cass between Durbin and Cass would probably rule out use of any much-heavier locomotives there.
As you can undoubtedly tell, ww thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all this and learning more than he knew before about a ...
... 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 ...