On the Road Again

Highlights of our most recent trip. September, 2011.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them.)

Betsy and I hit the road again earlier this month.  Since we headed west in June, we decided to head north and east this time.  The main purpose of our trip was to visit my daughter and her husband near Buffalo, New York.

We had originally planned to go on to Vermont to see some of the covered bridges in that state, but hurricane Irene wiped out three of the bridges we wanted to see, plus several the roads we were going to travel.  So we basically decided to play it by ear and see what we could find.  After leaving Buffalo we drove toward Cleveland, Ohio, to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The park, which is relatively new, contains a waterfall we had wanted to see on an earlier trip, but did not.

A blog friend of Betsy’s had said that Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio was a wonderful place to hike and visit waterfalls.  We decided to stop there for a visit as well.
We had both wanted to visit Blackwater Falls in West Virginia, so we drove there, having an adventure on mountain roads to get there.  Blackwater State Park is absolutely beautiful, and we will definitely plan on going back so we can spend more time there.  After leaving Blackwater Falls we took a ride at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, where we traveled to the top of Balk Knob behind a steam engine.

Engine leaving the station at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, West Virginia. September 16, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

We also wanted to revisit the New River Gorge in West Virginia.  We had seen the upper New River last year, but this year we saw the New River Gorge Bridge and drove down to the bottom of gorge and back up.  We also visited several other parts of the New River National River before heading back home.
It was a wonderful trip, and I now have hundreds more pictures to organize and get ready to share.

You’ve been warned!

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14 Responses to “On the Road Again”

  1. 7aces/Darla Says:

    Glad ya’ll have a fun and safe trip, I am also glad to see you back here!

  2. The Incredible Woody Says:

    I cannot wait to see and hear all about it!!

  3. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    So sad about the hurricane wiping out those old covered bridges…I do hope they are repairable.
    You guys really ‘get around’!!!

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    So good to see you back!! Sounds like you and Betsy had another great trip! It is sad indeed about all the damage from the hurricanes and particularly those wonderful old covered bridges!! Love the steam engine! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pictures and hear more about your trip!

    Sylvia

  5. Reader Wil Says:

    That must have been a fantastic trip! There is so much to see in your country. Betsy’s photo is really great.
    You asked about the doors of the St Jan’s Church in Gouda. I am so sorry that I don’t know. The church is very old but that you can find in my post which I mentioned.

  6. Sandra Says:

    a wonderful trip, just reading about it, so i know it was really good, so many parks in such a short time. I LOVE that train pic. enlarged it to stare at it and wish I were riding behind it, or ON it.

  7. MB Says:

    Well it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Glad you are back though. I think we all enjoys your pictures and comentary we just missed you all.
    Did you visit your Dad? I hope he is faring well. MB

  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

  9. Mildred Says:

    Welcome back George! I love this train photo especially! I look forward to reading/seeing more of your visit.

  10. Neal Says:

    I love the New River Gorge area in WV. I have a grade school classmate that lives near there a really likes it. It sounds like you had a great time.

  11. ladyfi Says:

    Oh – that steamy shot is fabulous!

  12. Rose Says:

    Looks like you traveled some really interesting roads…and looks like you had a great time.

  13. tmhHoover Says:

    You do know how to organize a trip! Even when you wing it. I am doubly glad to have stopped by here today! I am from Buffalo NY originally – – I wonder if you got to the falls. As always can’t wait to see the photos. xo teri

  14. sartenada Says:

    I am so glad that You are back. So the adventures continue and we have possibility to follow them thru Your photos.

    Thank You.

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