Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Weekend Tour 2016

 Easter Weekend Tour 2016

 We ended up with a three-day weekend in late March and decided we should go on an adventure.  The road took us to a number of great locations.  Hope you enjoy the tour covering parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia.  Feel free to go to the links for more information.

 Flight 93 National Memorial, PA

 “On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.” This is a very cool place and special due to the history.  
I expect we will return many times.

Glessner Covered Bridge
 Pennsylvania Covered Bridges

Barronvale Covered Bridge
 “Welcome to the Pennsylvania Covered Bridge web site, we are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all remaining covered bridges through out the United States.”  We loved the bridges of Somerset County, PA. This webpage is incredible with great information! It is obvious that a lot of time and effort has gone into it.  We found our way to four of the covered bridges still standing in this county.  Looks like we have some more exploring to do.

King's Covered Bridge 

Lower Humbert Covered Bridge

Wild Turkeys
 Blackwater Falls State Park, WV

“Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.” 
 “The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia.” This place is incredible!  The nice blue sky certainly helped, but this is another place that we will visit again. The folks in the gift shop were very helpful and it was an easy walk to the falls.

A bridge we found along the way

 Spruce Knob, WV

“At 4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is West Virginia's highest peak. From this rugged alpine peak, you can view grassy openings and pastures or look down on forested ridges as far as the eye can see.”

Another cool place with incredible views! 
 “The vegetation here has adapted to a harsh environment. One-sided red spruce deformed by constant exposure to strong westerly winds cling to the high rocky ridges. Blueberry and huckleberry plants hug the ground.”

 The road took us on over to the Lynchburg, VA area.  Along the way we found some trees blooming in their own Easter colors.

 “Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sun rises just a little bit earlier each day. It is officially time to embrace spring in Virginia! Whether you are looking to get outside and enjoy an existing hobby or tackle a new adventure, we have plenty of fun outdoor activities to keep you busy this spring.”

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