The hubster and I worked hard last week cleaning the property to make it a safe place for kiddies and doggies to play. Since he had taken vacation to do the work, we added in a trip to eastern West Virginia and western Virginia to make it also a mini-vaca and enjoy some of the beauty of Autumn. We left without a map, just the Garmin Nuvi and a general idea of how to get to Seneca Rocks, WV. First stop…lunch.
In the Milton, WV Subway restaurant parking lot: This reminds me of a Shelden family dinner – everyone telling their stories all at once.
Off the highway and on to the by-way. I love barns!
After a stop at an Elkins, WV McDonald’s for coffee and pumpkin pies, we found the Rocks. (I was yet again unsuccessful in getting the mail carrier hubster to pose in front of a post office. This was the most I could get.)
We arrived at sunset so decided to look for a place to stay for the night. I had programmed the Garmin to lead us to ‘Seneca Caverns’ as that was the choice closest to where we wanted to go and instead of setting the motel I found as a new destination, I made it a ‘via point.’ Oops.
One thing about making turns onto small roads in West Virginia is that you may end up on a mountaintop nowhere near motels. The positive side of this is that we found ‘Almost Heaven.’
It is on the back side of Seneca Rocks.
Still no motel, but ‘Almost Heaven’ is populated with…
Who are obviously used to having their pictures taken by crazy, lost tourists. I love goats!
We found our way off the mountain road and back to Highway 33 as the sun was going down over Germany Valley. We drove to Franklin, WV in the dark and stopped at a motel that caters to hunters (room and bed tiny, but closet was big enough to hold all hunting supplies including an ATV). We discovered there that cell service in eastern WV is almost non-existent unless you are an AT&T customer – which we are not. Do you know how hard it is to find phone cards in these modern days?? Yet there is a beautiful freedom in being loose of the technology that binds us.
So tonight we sleep, for tomorrow we conquer the Rocks…