2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Elkins, WV - Pegasus Farm Campground - Site 1

Elkins, WV - Pegasus Campground - Site 1, another view

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 0 - our route - 160 miles

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 1 - spent all day in the...

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 2 - Leaving PA, I think that...

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 3 - entering West Virginia

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 4 - didn't I say we were...

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 5 - we are on I-79 now...

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 6

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 7

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 8

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 9

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 10 - a wind farm

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 11

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 12 - downtown Elkins, WV

Somerset, PA to Elkins, WV 13

Blackwater Falls Trip 0 - our route - 91 miles

Blackwater Falls Trip 1 - coming through Parsons, WV with a historical...

Blackwater Falls Trip 2 - it was a pretty, tree-shaded trip

Blackwater Falls Trip 3 - right beside a wind farm at the...

Blackwater Falls Trip 4 - coming through Thomas, WV as we near...

 

Blackwater Falls Trip 6 - what goes down must come back up!

Blackwater Falls Trip 7 - the falls as seen about 2/3 down...

Blackwater Falls Trip 8 - the falls from the bottom of the...

Blackwater Falls Trip 9

Blackwater Falls Trip 10 - part of the staircase

Blackwater Falls Trip 11 - 218 stairs to climb, 218 stairs to...

Blackwater Falls Trip 12 - 142 steps to climb.......

Blackwater Falls Trip 13 - 62 stairs to climb.....

Blackwater Falls Trip 14 - the falls as seen from the other...

Blackwater Falls Trip 15 - headed back to Elkins by another route

Blackwater Falls Trip 16

Blackwater Falls Trip 17

Seneca Rocks Trip 0 - our route - 113 miles

Seneca Rocks Trip 1 - clouds are still in the mountains after...

Seneca Rocks Trip 2 - glad we are in Libby and not...

Seneca Rocks Trip 3

Seneca Rocks Trip 4 - Seneca Rocks

Seneca Rocks Trip 5 - we ran along a few valleys, a...

Seneca Rocks Trip 6

Seneca Rocks Trip 7 - another valley

Seneca Rocks Trip 8 - Durbin, WV - home of the Durbin...

Seneca Rocks Trip 9

Seneca Rocks Trip 10 - one last valley as we near Elkins


The 160 miles between Somerset, PA and Elkins, WV was about half interstate, 25% 4 lane US highway and 25% uncomfortable mountain driving on PA two lane highways. The mountain driving wouldn't have been so bad, since the Mothership handles it well, except we got behind a very heavy equipment truck keeping it below 10 mph on one long downgrade. Keeping the Mothership that slow required riding the brakes instead of allowing her to get up to about 25-30 with the exhaust brake holding her back and then applying the normal brakes to get her back down to 15 or so to do it all over again. If I could have found a place to pull off and wait five or ten minutes, I would have but then we were on mountain roads and no place to pull off - she is about 65 feet long with Libby attached!

At any rate, we arrived in Elkins just fine and are staying at the Pegasus Farm Campground just south of town. It is a small campground with only 17 very large sites, the largest we have had this trip. We have full hookups, occasional WiFi (ours is the only site it doesn't come in good), an easy shot to the satellite and very poor Verizon.

Friday afternoon we attended the American Mountain Theater in Elkins to view a delightful little music review of the last century's different music. It included early 20th century mountain fiddle music all the way to the current hip hop - very entertaining.

Saturday we made a loop up into the Allegheny Mountains northeast of here and by the Blackwater Falls State Park. It was a nice 90 plus mile drive through some beautiful country and the falls itself was just icing on the cake. It is the largest falls we have seen this year and even though the water flow is reduced, was still pretty spectacular at 50 something feet high and very wide. We were required to descend 218 wooden steps to get to the main viewing platform but it was well worth the climb back up!

Monday was another 100 plus mile trip through the mountains southeast of here and by Seneca Rocks which is a very unique rock formation we passed by. It was also a very beautiful drive we enjoyed very much. We reached a little higher elevations on this drive and also were able to view many of the small valleys along the way.

Tomorrow we head for Beech Fork State Park just southwest of Barboursville, WV for four nights. We have been told there is no Verizon available there so I will most likely have to post that entry when we reach Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY - the next stop on Sunday.

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