Blogs from West Virginia, United States, North America


Mount Olivet is a common name for Methodist churches. I followed Mount Olive road for maybe 10 miles today, past the church building and cemetary arriving eventually at the door of the Horn Camp school house, which I had visited last year. Once in you are treated to a vision of the "good" old days of the one room for 8 grades schoolhouse, active between the 1880's and 1952, now filled with collections of farm tools and memorabilia. The neighbors are proud of their museum, and one can visit with the curator for as long as one wishes. Crossing the C & O Canal was like meeting an old friend. With a lock and a towpath and a Lock Keeper's House, it was like being in Carderock MD once again. There were even a couple of ... read more
Asbury UMC on Mt Olive Rd
Horn Camp Schoolhouse

North America » United States » West Virginia » Morgantown September 14th 2019

This was the best game I’ve attended all season, hands down. But West Virginia University is place of big contrasts. The stadium and the game were amazing. But the city of Morgantown is one of those places that just make me want to get out of town quickly. There are several reasons for this. No trip to Morgantown is complete without driving through the winding, narrow roads that lead off into neighborhoods that are full of murder houses. That may seem like an exaggeration, but it’s happened to me every time I’ve been here. Read on, if ye dare! This trip has been the impetus for my decision to treat the 2019 college football season as my extended vacation. Jack is with me on this trip, and it was his idea. Back in the summer, he ... read more
The Gold Rush is serious business
They're not joking about their Country Roads around here
The exterior of Milan Puskar Stadium

North America » United States » West Virginia » Huntington September 14th 2019

Marshall has a storied football program, and even if you don’t know anything about them, you’ve probably heard of the film We Are Marshall. It starred Matthew McConaughey and is about 13 years old. It was pretty popular, had lots of famous people in it. The gist is that the university recovered from a terrible plane crash and went on to represent the spirit of college football. After visiting the university for a football game, I kind of wonder whether they should’ve just let the program fold. A football game at Marshall University has all the feel of a high school game. Take that for what you will. The people in the stands are primarily from the town of Huntington, where Marshall University is located. People can leave the game and come back in, ... read more
The sun was setting as we arrived at Marshall University
A perspective of the stadium from the Ohio (visiting fans) section
Ohio's final scoring drive, the only lead of the game

This trip had been in the planning stages for about four years! I’ve always wanted to go back out west since my last visit in 1983. Following church we loaded up Karen and Ed Wilson and headed west, toward Columbus!! First stop was in Zanesville for lunch and ice cream at Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. If you’ve never been to Tom’s you don’t know what you are missing! Tom's is a place stuck in the 50's"....from the old fashioned soda counter to the yellow Formica tables, you feel like you stepped back in time. We had a great lunch and of course ICE CREAM!! I had my favorite peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter topping! Delish! Once lunch was over we headed out Interstate 70. Today was a driving day. Our goal was to make ... read more
Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Topping
Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Can’t believe this is the last stop on our river cruise. Mind you we have been on the American Queen for three weeks now. Tomorrow, Sunday is a cruise day all the way back to Cincinnati. It will also be a washing and packing day as luggage have to be outside our cabin door at 11pm. An interesting stop was at Marshall University to have a look in their archives, old photos of steamboats, early days on the river, the Civil War and the Underground Railroad as well as the real railroad. Unusually, the archivist played rugby and was a huge fan of the All Blacks. She even went to see them play in Chicago a few years ago. We made the most of our last day just enjoying the river as it went by or ... read more
The 1308 is as old as me
We even managed to work the jigger
An aspiring engine driver

Day 11 Fedrick Md – Lewisburg WV - mileage 305 We woke to massive thunderstorm which apparently caused lots of flooding in nearby DC. Our phones were screaming flash flood warnings every couple of minutes. We took our time eating and getting ready to let the storms pass so that we could pack the car without getting drenched. When it finally let up a little, we quickly packed the car and headed towards Harpers Ferry. It was still raining at Harpers Ferry, so we went onto Shepherdstown since we would have to head back thru Harpers Ferry anyway. During the trip, Claire worked in the back seat anytime there was cell service. The road to Shepherdstown was our amusement ride for the morning – a narrow roller coaster type road thru the country side. They apparently ... read more

North America » United States » West Virginia June 29th 2019

Day 1 – Lenoir to Ashland KY 377 miles Well we are at it again, traveling for the second time this season. We are picking up the pieces we have missed in the traveling sisters state puzzle. We picked up the car, packed and left on the trip by 8:55 am. We are really getting good at this. Since we will be traveling through a great many historic areas, we decided to give our van an historic type name – Abigail Hamilton better known as Abby. We headed north through Virginia and made two stops in Wytheville. The first was at the smallest church. It was really beautiful and we enjoyed going inside. Our second stop was at a giant pencil. When we reached West Virginia, we stopped for lunch at the welcome center. Afterwards, we ... read more

In mid-May of 2019, Anne and I traveled to Pennsylvania by way of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland in order to complete a goal of hiking on the Appalachian Trail in all 14 states that it travels through. While we had already hiked the AT in VA, we needed a stopover spot to break up the trip, so we added a couple of nights there to allow us to stay in a pretty unique spot in the VA mountains.. As a result we were able to hike on the AT in all 4 states--Grayson-Highlands state park in VA, Harper's Ferry in WV, the C&O canal towpath in MD, and the Michaux State Forest in PA. Just to keep things simple, I’ll put all the pictures from the trip on this single page. Anne found the perfect ... read more
Silo, Barn, & grounds

North America » United States » West Virginia April 16th 2019

This trip officially started last night when we left for the airport. It was a comedy of errors! The meeting point was St. Marys and we were all late. After going through the final touches of what we needed to take or leave (purses, cords & cables, snacks, etc.) we were loaded and on our we thought. I realized I forgot my folder with all our boarding passes, reservations, etc at home. God bless my Chrissy for running those down to Friendly for us. Next, Marsha couldn’t find her passport...another stop. Once we made it just above Clarington, OH, I realized I forgot our theater tickets!! Another call home and brother Jamie agreed to meet us at New Martinsville to bring the tickets and have dinner with us. At last we were on our way....again!! ... read more

North America » United States » West Virginia April 8th 2019 one week our journey begins. Shealyn, Marsha, and I will fly from Pittsburgh to JFK and then on to London! Right now we are packing, re packing, and trying to get everything in place for this trip. Can't wait!... read more

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