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Jul 15, 2018 - Charleston, West Virginia

A day of travel today. Decided to stop in Charleston, WV and spent the night. Stayed at the Hampton Inn in Southridge, WV just outside of Charleston. Went on line and found there is music at the capitol so we decided to check it out. Getting to Capitol just before 7pm we checked on the music and found out it was going to be $35pp but as we were trying to decide to do it or not the girl at the desk said sense it was our first time she gave us 3 tickets for $35. We so enjoyed this show. They record these singers to be broadcast on NPR radio....

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Sep 9, 2017 - Almost Heaven...almost!

When I began this journey, I had 13 unvisited states in the US. The more I traveled, the more I became determined to visit each state; seek hidden gems within each state; visit national parks; and taste the local cuisine. Over this past year, my USA map on the back of Gypsy began to really fill in. Yet, I had this glaring white spot in the East. West Virginia. Why had I not been to West Virginia? Heck, I LIVED in Virginia for a year. So, I was on a mission to complete the east side of my map...and visit West Virginia. As our stay in...

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Gypsy Journey

Sep 3, 2017 - Charleston, West Virginia Aug 30-Sep 1, 2017

This entry is late because we are T-Mobile customers and there is no free T-Mobile data in West Virginia. I had to save the roaming data for maps and I thought this could wait – build some suspense about where we are. Louisville, KY to Charleston, WV is about 270 miles. The day started along a river and then we got to the bluegrass/horse/tobacco part of Kentucky. Frankfort is the capital of KY and it is a small town(27,000) –we just zoomed by. There were many grand homes and pasture with white fences on either side of Lexington. There is a...

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Aug 17, 2017 - Quilt Shops and Mountains

Today was basically a travel day. We spent several hours in the car. But there we were, driving peacefully along, but what should appear in front of my road-focused eyes - a quilt shop!! Without a second thought I turned in and began my exploration. Now I already have more fabric than I will consume before I die, but a quilt shop is a quilt shop. I bought 2 fat quarters (a half yard is 18” wide by 40” long, a fat quarter is 18” x 20” rather than 9” x 40”), picked up their free quilt pattern and went happily on my way. Thanks to the...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Charleston

Sept. 19 We toured the Capitol today. The most impressive thing about this capitol is the dome. It is covered in 23 caret gold leaf, about 10 pounds of it. And then they added pictures or something like that that went down the sides of the dome. And it’s 5 feet taller than the US capital. We got to see the Senate Chamber and that’s all. The House was in session trying to figure out the budget. We saw the governor’s office and got to stand behind the lectern he uses for press conferences. The other thing about this capitol is they have a...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Kanawha

Charleston, WV Kanawha State Forest is a 9,300-acre recreation area about 7 miles from downtown Charleston, WV. Although it is a short distance away, getting there takes a bit of time because one can drive at only 25 to 30 mph on the very winding, steep roads. We were fascinated by the houses that are perched on ridges. There are no front yards as the houses sit on the edge of the road. Rather than a back yard, there is a sheer drop-off. The folks seem almost desperate to find a spot to homestead. The forest was quite nice and we enjoyed...

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Nov 2, 2013 - A little culture

Charleston, WV Today we drove through mountains again to get from Elkins to Charleston – the capitol of West Virginia. We spent the day touring the capitol and nearby cultural museum. At a height of 292’ the West Virginia State Capitol is the tallest building in West Virginia and is 5’ higher than the Capitol Building in Washington DC. This was not the first one built. All the old capitol buildings burned down. One of them had been used as a storage area for ammo, black powder, and rifles. When the building caught on fire the powder...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Off We Go...

We're off and running. Short pit stop in Charleston, WV. We had a chance to go to the Kanawha River and the Capitol Building. Both beautiful, but the Capitol Building is special. I read that the building shown in the photos was actually the third try because the first two burned. Charming. I also found it interesting that on one corner of the property stands a giant statue of Stonewall Jackson and about 100 yards to his right is a statue of Lincoln. Didn't look to see who was flanking him on the other corner.

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Jun 1, 2013 - Signaled to go Home

It may be time to go home having received the following signals: 1) Destiny has now decided that she likes to be walked outside in the 90+ heat three times or more each day. 2) My swivel rocker broke this morning. 3) Took a tour on a West Virginia scenic route and after three hours found nothing scenic. 4) Liza text her mother to inform her that our car is in the drive where we park the trailer with a dead battery. 5) We miss our grandchildren. 6) It's still hot in West Virginia. The one thing of beauty we did see on our journey was...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Sep 25, 2012 - Another Long Driving Day

Another long driving day. Drove 377 miles. Stayed at the Cabella's in Charleston. The RV sites there are not very level. But it worked out. Before leaving this morning from Evansville we were awaken by a hail/severe weather warning siren. Referred to as a Tornado Siren. Debbie had NEVER heard that type of siren before and did not know what it meant. But one thing she did know is it was NOT a good sound to hear especially to wake up to. Tom decided to leave immediately and drive away from the weather. We drove about 10 miles and avoided any...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Finally - West Virginia

Eleven of us gathered for breakfast this morning and , of course, there was a rehash of yesterday's event. There were so many pictures posted to Facebook that the bride and groom were wondering why they had hired a photographer. I was on the road by 11:45 and arrived in Charleston, West Virginia at 5:15. I have now been in every state in the Union and henceforth can answer yes to the question: Have you been in every state?

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Jun 7, 2012 - Charleston, WV

On one of our days off, we headed to Charleston, WV so Dave could get his new retired military ID card. We are so used to ID offices located on big military bases, and they are in big buildings. Well, this one is located in what used to be the garage of a house across from some National Guard buildings! No matter - mission accomplished. So we headed in to downtown Charleston to do a little sight-seeing. A must-see is the beautiful capitol building. The magnificent 293-foot gold dome which tops the capitol building is five feet higher than...

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