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Jul 11, 2018 - Wednesday, Beckley WV

This journey starts as we pull out of our home at 10:30 am for the drive to our first stop. The plan is to drive to Beckley WV and spend the night at the truck stop. Our neighbor, Roger is riding to Charlotte NC with us and his son is going to meet us so Roger can spend the next week or so with him. Our trip takes us along the Ohio Turnpike east to I-77 south over by Cleveland. We will travel south on I-77 to Beckley WV. The Akron – Canton road is a disaster with construction plus at one point the exit to I-77 was closed and no detour, you...

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2018 South Trip

Sep 6, 2016 - Through West Virginia

We stayed at Manor Elks through the Labor Day weekend, so it's finally time to mosey on. Leaving Pennsylvania and entering West Virginia is very hilly, so there are some toll roads to make travel easier. WV is a proud state and has large WV logos all along the highways. Traveling along the highway we had a moment of delight as we passed a truck carrying a carnival ride with whimsical little ’57 Chevy cars of many colors. Ah, to be a child again. The state is heavily forested and many rivers run through the valleys and create lakes. There...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Mountain Majesty

2016-09-06.Mountain Majesty Talk about extremes, today we traveled west from the flat, sea level, coastal salt marshes on the east coast of Viriginia to the dramatic, lushly forested mountains of Virginia and to “almost heaven” West Virginia. We crossed the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah and Allegheny Mountains ending up near the New River Gorge area in Beckley, West Virginia. We even traversed Potts Mountain, WV. Who knew? While the Rockies are indisputably higher, the 3000 ft. verticals of I-64, with its 4 mile, 9% grades both up and down are...

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Jul 10, 2016 - Beckley, WV.

We drove about 185 miles today through the Appalachian Mountains. The MH got a workout going up one steep climb after another and then back down. The scenery was awesome. While we were driving and looking for a rest stop about mid way. We were about to pull into a town when a sign came up for rest area ahead. We continued on to find the rest area closed. Stopping at the next exit, we figured out what happened. The first stop we were going to make was one of the hardest hit by the flooding as was the rest area. Where we pulled into...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Beckley Coal Mine - WV

Hello Everyone, Today we traveled due East to West Virginia. Here we stopped to tour the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV. This was a very active coal mine back at the turn of the century and it’s now owned by the county to preserve the Coal Miners way of life! While there, we took a train ride deep into the Coal Mine. Much to my surprise, there was water dripping in everywhere, and in some places, the tracks for the train were completely covered! Originally, the mine was only 28” high, just enough to get the coal out, but...

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Sep 3, 2013 - handicrafty

This was a mostly driving day from the flat Ohio farmland to the rolling hills of West Virginia. Some of the expressways were toll roads and we were glad to see that our transponder from the Illinois Tollway Authority worked in OH and WV and we barely had to stop to pay. Almost painless. Except for the Charleston, the capital of West Virginia, the state appears to be sparsely populated and campgrounds are few and far between. The ones we did find did not sound suitable - 12 miles down a dirt road to five sites - kind of places. Ken...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Down in the Coal Mine

We went on the coal mine tour and also we toured the real coal mine town where they had moved real buildings from a coal mine and created a small town for tourist to see. The coal mine used to be a working coal mine. The city had purchased it and reworked it for a tour to the public. They loaded us on open cars with seats facing to the walls and pulled it with a real machine they used for that purpose. They had lights all along the way and at one point our guide turned off the lights and let us see what dark was. There was water dripping...

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Spring Trips 2013

Jun 20, 2013 - West Virginia Here We Come

We are on the road again, traveling to Beckley, WV. The campground there is owned by the city and is next to a old coal mining town and coal mine tour set up by the city. We decided we wanted to stay an extra day and do the coal mine tour. We walked around the grounds and saw an old pioneer village. The shed with the still had the copper piping stolen and the main cabin had had a fire so we could not see that one. It sounds like they need security at night. LOL The tiny red rose bush was beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen red roses...

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Spring Trips 2013

Sep 26, 2012 - Hawks Nest State Park & Sandstone Falls

Monday drove to Ansted about 31 miles where we went to Hawks Nest State Park then hiked the Hawks Nest Rail Trail about 4 miles, saw deer, humming bird, different butterflies and a beautiful view over the river at the end where we watched the trains going across. We met a man at the beginning of the trail looked like another Santa Claus he was telling us that is what he is known as in Ansted, years ago the kids called him that and he said not many people knew his real name, if ever we are passing again just ask for Santa Claus and they will...

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Wandering America

Sep 26, 2012 - Entered our 41st State

Saturday we went to Santa Claus in Indiana massive water & fun park there which we did not go to looked around the area & had a chat with Father Christmas. We drove through other small towns on the way back Tell City for one, bit like a ghost town. Sunday on the move again drove for 5.5 hours entering West Virginia our 41st State we are now staying in Beckley an old coal mining town in fact we are staying on their campsite bit steep to get to but once we were up the top lovely & peaceful NO TRAINS but a few yappy dogs!!!! The scenery is so...

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Wandering America

Sep 26, 2012 - New River Gorge, Beckley, West Virginia

Moved from the Elks National Home in Bedford Virginia to Beckley West Virginia. We drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had no idea we would get to be on the Parkway. The smokey blue haze is the reason the mountains are called the Blue Ridge mountains. We stopped at the visitors center when entering West Virginia (again - since Harper's Ferry) and found out about the New River Gorge. A "not to be missed" sight. We went to the "Grandview" outlook and I took photos of the gorge and the river below. We left Beckley, WV and arrived in Lexington,...

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Sep 17, 2012 - Discovering West Virginia

I began the day in Charleston touring the State Capitol building. The building is relatively new - built in 1932 . The four capitol buildings prior to this were destroyed by fire. The most beautiful thing in the building is a 2 ton rock crystal chandelier - 8 feet in diameter - hanging from the rotunda dome which is 180 feet high. It came out looking like a big white globe in every picture that I took. None of the lovely definition of the crystal pieces showed. Other than this feature it is a rather unadorned marble building. I guess there...

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