Looking down on Welch from Rte 52. Once this town was home to over 6,000 people.
We took a quick trip down to War, West Virginia, traveling through Coalwood, a once thriving coal town where author Homer Hickam and his friends built their rockets and became famous as the "Rocket Boys." Their story was made into the movie "October Sky." I highly recommend it if you have not seen it and Mr. Hickam's books about his growing up years in Coalwood.
Tunnels for the railroad tracks were everywhere:
At the school where I was performing, the welcome was warm and immediate.
We took a different route home, traveling along the Tug and Guyandotte rivers. Some of the roads were right narrow.
And so to home. We had been gone about 33 hours, and the time was crowded with memories and people. I want to go back; there is still so much to see.