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New River GorgeWe managed to pull it all together and take our family trip to West Virginia this week.  A change of scenery was helpful, all around.  The paint in the living room dried and we had some good experiences.

Our first stop was the New River National River, where the children began their Junior Ranger work.  They finished with gusto and, the next day at Seneca Rocks, we had our own little ceremony where they received their badges and patches.  They had given me the materials so that we could have it all together in case we didn't stop by the visitor center again.  I did Junior Ranger programs years ago in my time as Ranger Brandy, so it was interesting to be the parent (and "ranger") this time around.

It was windy and snowy on Tuesday morning, a cold 21 degrees.  Like here, the season for visitor centers opening daily is still over a month away.  Still, we enjoyed Seneca Rocks and the West Virginia landscape.  Here, we live in not-quite coal country.  There, well, it is obvious at almost every turn.  Trains and coal and lots of trees.  Lots of steep highways, too, to contrast with our many small winding roads.  We have hopes of going back for an overnight trip (more free lodging!) and seeing some trains.

Driving home, it warmed up the whole way, topping out at 55.  We are due for some snow here, so Winter has not left us entirely.  Mike's spare phone broke as we were getting gas on the way out of town, but he managed to get a free phone to hold him until his screen arrives and he can make the repairs to his old one.  I don't know how he does it, but we are thankful.  Traveling so far from home every single week requires maps and GPS and assistance with hotel stays.  My new grain mill is in the mail on its way here, too!  I have really been missing the home-ground flour, even in this short time.

Our trip wasn't without its challenges and grumpy moments, but I think we made some happy memories.  It's good to be home and in our own beds, as always.  My little tomato plants grew and Laurel ate the ripening strawberry we had!

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( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )
(Anonymous)
Apr. 7th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
So happy to hear that your trip was enjoyable! - Stacey
( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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