Then the drillers came. Gas wells are still being drilled here; there are several in process right now. The drillers needed access to the water in the lake on Joe's Run. So although citizens had begged the state road to fix the slip--an expensive and extensive project--no action was taken, it seems, until the drillers needed to get to the water. Or is that just my cynical side showing? Maybe the project was already being planned? I have my doubts, since we heard that the post office was planning to change all of us on Joe's Run to another route so the mail carrier didn't have to take the long way around.
But look at the road now:
What a difference! Fixed at last, and even if it was done at the insistence of the drilling companies, we can once more travel the shortcut, see what's going on on Trace Fork--and keep our same address.