Monday, September 26, 2011

"West Virginia....Take me home, country roads." ~ John Denver song

I thought I'd finally share a few more snapshots of our WV camping trip. Rather than a long post, you can just read the captions.
Glimpses of the closed coal mines at the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV

Old Safety Board at the coal mine site
Remains of a structure that once scaled the side of the gorge

800 steps take you all the way to the bottom of the gorge. We challenged each other to a 15 minute all-the-way-down-and-back-up-again-race but no one was willing. If we weren't heading off to rock climb, we would've explored further.

Readying the snacks for hiking that morning (clearly these pictures are not in any order)

View of the gorge from the Visitors' Center

Nifty vintage backpack and camera at the Visitors' Center exhibit

They had so many adorable animal hand puppets! (well, except for the praying mantis--he looked creepy) This groundhog looked a little rabid!

The bridge, of course

We climbed down into parts of the stream to get better views of the waterfalls.

Our friend climbed way down there and looked tiny.

A waterfall pours right into this trough (which is open on the end to allow the waterfall to keep going across the trail). The water was delicious and clear so we filled out water bottles up a few times.

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