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Old Posted Jan 5, 2015, 7:15 PM
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WEST VIRGINIA - SSP'ers weekend in the Mountaineer State

Last summer, glowrock, photolith and I took a journey from Pittsburgh to West Virginia.

A good portion of this is in Charleston, but we hit a number of places from Hawks Nest State Park, New River Gorge and Lewisburg (not pictures, which I did not have my camera, for some reason).

A little more nature than a lot of SSP threads are used to. Charleston starts at #40.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo

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Old Posted Jan 6, 2015, 3:44 AM
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Excellent pics!! I've lost count how many times I've passed through Charleston to visit Oak Hill where my dad grew up!! I hope Charleston's worst days are behind it. As for the New River, I have rafted several times down the New River and the Gauley. You can't beat that!!
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Old Posted Jan 6, 2015, 10:30 AM
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Amazing tour and shots!

I love the mixture between nature and civilization, it´s a perfect combination. The landscapes are fabulous!

Thanks for sharing and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Looks like you guys had a nice trip - thanks for sharing mate!
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RING!!!!!!

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Nice pictures. Charleston looks a little like a Pennsylvania town, which makes sense, but it also has its own feel, which makes sense as well. It looks like it has some nice commercial stock.
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No Weirton or Wheeling?

Charleston looks nice if not a little sparse.
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Nope, and no Parkersburg or Huntington. But we covered a lot of ground for a weekend.

I saw Wheeling from I-70 going back to Pittsburgh from Columbus a few days later though. Haven't been on the ground in the town. But, since these were shot, I have moved to just three hours or so west of there. So it's likely to get covered at some point.
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Nope, and no Parkersburg or Huntington. But we covered a lot of ground for a weekend.

I saw Wheeling from I-70 going back to Pittsburgh from Columbus a few days later though. Haven't been on the ground in the town. But, since these were shot, I have moved to just three hours or so west of there. So it's likely to get covered at some point.
If you ever have time...Go back to southern WV to a little town called Welch. One of the largest building stocks for a small town of 1,500!!
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Must've been an amazing weekend with a crew like that exploring Weird and Wild West Virginia.

I've been obsessed with the idea of vacationing in Welch for some time now.
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I've still at least one, maybe even two threads worth of Pittsburgh left, including an excursion to Carrie Furnace with Litherland drinking ambient-temperature Keystone while hiking across old railroad tracks and whatnot. I ended up falling on my ass and losing my sunglasses I'd just bought, but better that than the camera and kinda-expensive lens. Great times.

I also did not have my camera when we were in downtown Beckley (which is not particularly remarkable, Lewisburg and Charleston blew it away. I think there must have been a fire or something that took out a lot of buildings, because you have old commercial buildings that suddenly give way to a memorial park that, for some reason, had a chunk of steel from the World Trade Center in it. No visible context (i.e. so-and-so from Beckley was on the plane, and this park is dedicated to their memory), just a marker that says this is WTC steel and it's OK to touch it.
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I like that tourist trap near Beckley that you featured in your photography.
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Yes, that's Tamarack, "The Best of West Virginia." Cool place, can look right in at the glass blowing shop.
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fun thread!
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