Thursday, March 30, 2023

In the Mountains: Gettin' High

34 at 8am, frost on the truck and van. We kept the heat on outside the little greenhouses and they look fine. Planted carrots, beets, spinach, chard, lettuce and kale this morning. I don't know why I bother with spinach as it rarely does any good here. My sacrifice to the garden gods, I suppose. 

The title of this post is not what it seems, of course! I wanted to go up Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia. It had been 20 years since we were there, surprisingly; our last trip was with two of our grandchildren, our oldest son and his wife. Those kids are grown and fine now, one in the Navy and one finishing law school. How those years flew!

The mountain had changed since we were there. For one thing the road was much better than the twisty, washboard gravel track i remember.

And on top of the mountain there was change too. The Spruce trees had grown, a lot. So much that what used to be a 360° view from the observation tower is now mostly obstructed. Time for a new tower, Governor Justice! 

There were still good views to be had, however, from other vantage points.

The path to the observation tower had much to see, and the smell of the spruce trees was heavenly.

Bit windy up there, as you can imagine!

I was glad to see the mountain again. No matter how many times we visit such iconic places, they always seem to pull us back. I doubt this will be our last time to drive up Spruce Knob.

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  1. It’s another frosty morning here. Soon though.

  2. It's been 22F every morning for the past week, but now we've got a forecast for many days of rain, so it's going to be All Mud, All The Time for a while, I think. Your travel tales remind me of so many places I've been and haven't thought of in years - including places in West Virginia. Right now I would love to go for a scenic drive, just about anywhere - as a passenger :)

  3. What a wonderful place, thank you for taking us with you.


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