Interesting Places in West Virginia (1989)
Another classic day odyssey (sort of) from yer' favorite (I hope) bullfrog! The Cass Scenic RR Fall Photo Special would run the next day.
We first head for Spruce Knob Lake (great for boating and camping) before searching for a cave known as the Sinks of Gandy; so named because Gandy Creek flows through it. It passes beneath Yocum Knob then emerges on the knob's opposite side. We couldn't locate the entrance-but we were unknowingly directly over the cave itself!
If anyone knows how to reach the Sinks from there, please comment. I believe we walk down that dirt driveway I show but I'm not sure.
Then on to West Virginia's highest point-Spruce Knob itself. We'll walk the Whispering Spruce Trail-and see an interesting phenomenon along the way. A GREAT place for a day trip! Just beware of those dusty roads!!
After that-you'll see our drive to good 'ol Seneca Rocks. Another phenomenon-I hardly narrate!! Forgive my lack of narration! HEY-wait a doggone minute! Other YouTubers don't narrate either! And I'm asking to be forgiven?? What the...
After dusting off our car at the rocks-we then grab a Coke at the vending machine.
Then-just as in our October 2013 day odyssey-we head west on US 33 to Bowden Cave, though I didn't know at the time that was it. We'll also see a cool view of Kelly Mountain.
Last-but not least-a look at CSX's last days at Elkins. That portion was actually uploaded by me a few years back-but here it is again 'case you ain't seen it. I dig those pre-GEVO days-don't you? This could very well have been the LAST day of CSX in Elkins!!
From a VHS tape (again). All this happened on October 15 1989.
The Day Odyssey video from October 2013 where we visit some of these places:
Please forgive the camera shake.
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Tag along with us on a New Years Day Jeep ride to Hanging Rock in WV and VA. Beautiful panoramic views and short hikes to Both places don't disappoint. First spot is in VA off of Potts Mountain Rd in the Jefferson National Forest. It's a short easy I mile round trip hike out to the lookout where you can see for miles and miles into VA and WV.
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