Monday, August 30, 2004

Princeton Next

We are leaving Culloden today(Monday)going to Princeton,West Virginia to visit one of Nancy's sisters(Callie). We have had a great time here visiting with Peach and Don. They have treated us so nice and the time has flown by.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Let's Walk

We went for our walk today. Peach and Don joined us for part of the way. They walked 3.1 miles which was great(hope they will keep walking) Nancy and I walked 5.2 which gave us a total of 29.4 for the week. We walk 6 days a week,we rest up on Sundays and go to church. I think we are about to get serious on our walking. It is fun to travel to different places and have different walking areas. Don,Jim and I went to the flea market yesterday. I bought some 12 volt bulbs for the motor home which I always need.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Culloden,West Virginia

Here we are in Culloden. We are parked in Peach and Don's drive way. We are having a nice visit with them. They live in a nice quite neighborhood with friendly people. Peach made a strawberry pie this evening and it was delicious,Yummy.
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Monday, August 23, 2004

St. Albans,West Virginia

Well here we are in St. Albans,West Virginia. We are parked in the City Park by the river. There are 4 rv sites with 30 amp electric,picnic table,grill and a dump with fresh water. It is a 2 day maximum stay. These are free sites,they do have a donation box. This is a good place to over night right on the Kanawha river.
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The River

Here I am sitting and enjoying the cool breeze on the river bank. There's a coal barge passing along every now and then. Lots of pleasure boating here. There's a strip mall on the other side of the road with KMart,Kroger and some eating places. Did I mention another free night camping? This makes the 25th free night in a roll,makes me soooo happy.
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Time to go again

Well it has come time to move on out. That is the way of full timers. We have had a great time visiting with Mark, Sherry,the grand kids and the sweetest great grand children. We will take our morning walk,eat breakfast out ,then get ready to head down to the town of Culloden,West Virginia to visit 'Peach' and Don.

Friday, August 20, 2004

County Jail

This is the old county jail used up to 1986. The bottom part was the sheriff's residence and the top was the jail. There was a lady that cooked 3 meals a day for the prisoners. She furnished the food and cooked the meals for .84 cents a day. The building is a museum with lots of old stuff and history in every room. It was very interesting to tour through it.
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Old Court House

This is looking up at the Doddridge County court house in West Union,West Virginia. Built in the 1800's. I like the old court houses with the clock on top. The old ones are a work of art much nicer than the new ones. Posted by Hello

County Fair

We went to the Doddridge County Fair this evening. We don't usually do the fairs. The only reason we went was Sherry and her girls,Amanda and Dee were singing. There were several groups that sang before the main group(Chosen Few) came on stage. Of course Sherry and the girls did a good job singing. Another good day and evening

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Dining Room

We came back down stairs and walked through one of four dining areas. Notice they left in the old fire place.
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Sistersville,West Virginia

We visited the town today that Mark grew up in. We went to the Wells Inn Hotel. Mark worked the desk in this motel when his family lived here. Mark says the hotel is much nicer now. We went in to look and the guy(Doug)that is the manager knows Mark so he gave us a complete tour of the place. Oh thats Nancy and Sherry in front.
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The Parlor

As you go in the parlor is on the left. The old organ is in the right hand corner. I imagine in the early days they would sit in here listening to the organ or read and chat the night away.
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The hotel has three floors. Going down the hallway we passed the fire hose, ready just in case.
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Shoe Shine?

In the hallway we passed this old shoe shine chair. Usually they had a young boy or an old man shining shoes anytime you need one.
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This is one of many bedrooms. No two are decorated the same way. Years ago when they were going to remodel the hotel they took all the furniture out and had an auction. The towns people bid and got most of it,then they told the owner to take it back inside they wanted it to look the same as it did for years. Although this place is old and furnished old it is cleaner that any chain motels I have been in.
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Down in the basement is the old pub and another dining place. I guess it got the name because of all the gas and oil wells around. The date is 1894 on the bar.
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After the hotel tour we walked through the Gaslight Theater. This is a small 200 seat theater that has live entertainment .
Mark has performed here from time to time. I have heard when he was in school performing on a daily basis he was a local celebrity, Posted by Hello

Ferry Ride

After the day of touring we took the small ferry boat across the Ohio river. On the other side is the small community of Fly. I have no idea how it got the name Fly.This was another good day.
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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Chef Mark

Mark(son inlaw) grilling the dogs. Several churches sponsered a back-to-school outing on the Krogers parking lot in Clarksburg,West Virginia. Damon's donated the food,hot dogs,barbecue,chips and drinks. It was held from 10am until 2pm. We got there 12:30 Mark said he had already grilled 200 hot dogs. All this was free to whomever came. They gave the kids school supplies. The FBI was there finger printing the kids. We had a good time.
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Free Food

Sherry enjoying her barbecue.
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Saturday, August 14, 2004


There is a small mountain stream that comes down the mountain and makes a small waterfall beside of the tunnel. It is nice after walking out here on a hot day and sticking your hands in the cool water. We are having another great time at another great place.
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This is the tunnel that we walk to each day. It is about 3/4 mile long and has water and mud in it so we have never walked through it.
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Rest Area

Believe it or not they have a rest area along the rails to trails. There is a pit toilet,covered shelter and cut fire wood. Now this is hiking in style. Posted by Hello

Thursday, August 12, 2004


These are some kind of berries along the trail. I don't know what they are. They looked good enough to eat.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2004


This is part of the trail that starts 50 yards from where we are parked. It is part of Rails to Trails that goes through West Union. It is where the railroad used to come through years ago and they have taken up the rails and ties and have made hiking trails. These are all through West Virginia. The foto is a bridge going over a state road.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2004


These 5 deer come out every day to feed beside our motor home. This is our 13th day of no campground fees and we've had some nice spots.
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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Blackberry Festival

We went to the Clarksburg Blackberry Festival,which was actually in Nutter Fort,West Virginia saturday evening. We heard the singing group of the 60's by the name of The Vogues. Of course we had to have a dish of fresh blackberry cobbler with a scoop of ice cream on top. Oh it tasted real good. Nancy and I need to get back on our diet.

Friday, August 06, 2004

West Union,West Viginia

We are here in West Union visiting our youngest daughter,Sherry. We are able to be free parked behind her house in the church parking lot and an electric cord running from her house. We don't have any plans so we don't know how long we will be here. Thats the nice thing about full timing is to not make any plans.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

The Lake

This is one section of Cave Run Lake which stretches out in all directions. If you are a fisherman this lake is for you. Everyone we saw fishing caught plenty of them.
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Another View

This is the front view of our campsite. The Park has new asphalt on the roads through out the park and is in great shape This campground can take any size rig. Some of the sites have electric with water stations in each area.
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