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Yesterday hubby and I spent the day at parks doing POTA – Parks on the Air. It’s a ham radio thing, wherein a ham radio operator sets their radio up on certain parks and makes contacts with other ham radio operators who then get the check that park off their list. The goal is to get all the parks in the state, or the country, or whatever marked off, so to speak. But to do that, people have to go sit in the park and operate the radio.

Anyway, so that’s what we did. Because it was a gorgeous day.

We stopped by Viking Lake first.

Though it’s still August, there’s a definite autumn vibe.

Then we headed for Lake Anita because we’d never been there before.

Truthfully, I’ve never heard of it before, but it is a really nice park. It has campgrounds, a large lake, obviously, and a bunch of shelters.

Weirdly, most of the shelters don’t have a bathroom anywhere near them, and since doing the POTA means we have a lot of equipment set up, we like a bathroom close by so the stuff doesn’t have to be left unattended. Luckily one shelter not only had a bathroom, but an actual flush toilet bathroom with sinks and all! Score! Even better, our shelter had some little feathered friends in it.

There were a lot wild flowers and some very cool trees.

Despite the clouds rolling in, we stayed until basically dark because it was so gorgeous out.

So that was it. We had a lot fun, and it was nice to be outside and not bake to death for a change. And, bonus, we got rain today, so even better.

Have a cool weather kinda day!

Jo 🙂

General Dodge House part 2

Here’s the second half of the Dodge House.Ki



On to the second floor

Bedroom (I think it was Mrs. Dodges)

Another bedroom. I think maybe General Dodges

The red room

Children’s room

Gold bedroom


Art Nouveau room


Head housekeepers room

And that’s it. There’s another house next door, but I’ll have to do it later.

Have a fancy Victorian house kinda day!

Jo 🙂

General Dodge House Part 1

I mentioned we were out last Saturday. We went to a couple of places, and I took so many photos that I’m breaking it up. Today you get the photos from the General Dodge House, so called because General Dodge lived there. He was an important figure in the UP rail road. Let me find a link… I was going for Wikipedia but this page seems more interesting:

Speaking of lots of photos, the mobile app has an issue with that, so I have to break this up. Annoying, I know.

The entryway


Dining room

Back parlor

Front parlor

Part 2 on the way….


Yesterday we were out and about with my uncle Dave. First we went to the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs which, by the way, is free, so if you’re in the area you should check it out. It had some really neat displays and interactive content.

The first floor is the history of the transcontinental railroad and general railroad history. There was a lot of neat stuff. I’m going to try to label the images with captions, so we’ll see how this works.

The second floor had exhibits that covered the 50s to modern times, including a train driving simulation and some other things.

The building itself was really cool, too, by the way.

After that we went to a really tasty restaurant just down from the museum. I had the fajitas and can highly recommend 🙂 Hubby had the chimichanga and the others had enchiladas.

Then we went to the Rails West museum which was more like the museums I used to go to as a kid, fewer flashy displays but more actual stuff.

Outside are two train engines and some cars with original interiors. There were two engines, one was a coal burner and the other had been converted to oil. There were two caboose, though we could only go inside the newer one. There was also a club car – it is the one that has all the woodwork, the kitchen, dining area, and solarium. And there was a mail car that was pretty interesting. There was also a box car and another passenger car that we could not go in. I can’t label the photos because the app is acting up. Probably because it can’t handle all these photos.

And that was our day yesterday. Hope everyone else’s was just as interesting! This would have posted long ago but it has taken literally two hours to do this because the app keeps freezing. Annoying!

Have a non freezing app kinda day!

Jo 🙂

A Day Out

With my quarantine over, we got invited to a BBQ at Lake Icaria. It was a really nice day, much cooler than it has been, so that made it even better. On the way home, we saw a sign in Corning for Lake Binder, which we’d never heard of before, so we decided to stop and check it out. It’s got a nice sized lake, camping areas, and some picnic spots, but, most interesting were the lily pads.

You can see the weird things that look like little shower heads? That’s the center of the flowers after the petals have fallen off. And here’s what it looks like with the petals.

Weird, huh? There were also some pretty purple flowers too.

Anyway, that was the excitement for yesterday. And now I need to get some things done.

Have a surprise ake kinda day!

Jo 🙂

West Virginia: Point Pleasant

Hello! This is going to be the last of my holiday snaps for now. Luckily I’ve been able to just embed them from Instagram, so it’s saved me a bunch of time – BUT it means they’re kind of scrambled up because Instagram isn’t the best medium for posting photos in groups thanks to the inability to mix vertical and horizontal.

So, Point Pleasant. In my mind, it’s most famous for the Mothman cryptid, but maybe that’s just me. (Amy was surprised I’d ever heard of Mothman, so there you go.) But once I realized it was in the general vicinity, I knew we had to stop!

One sad thing, so my camera started doing this weird thing where after you take the photo, instead of showing it in the view screen (like normal) it would flash back to an older photo. I checked the thumbnails, and they showed all the photos, so I wasn’t worried. But, eventually, it got annoying, so I powered off ejected the card and popped it back in, and when I did that, all of those disappeared, so I have zero photos of the statue without us in them, and lost several building photos, etc. that I didn’t notice until much later.

But on to these. This is hubby and I in front of the statue, of course, and then the rest are the Mothman Museum (I had no idea there was a museum!). The museum has displays on all the different components – I’ll try to keep this short. There is a lot on the UFO sightings and the Mothman sighting (of course), that went on for two years. Then there is the Men in Black, who were these strange men who showed up during those two years, talking to anyone who had seen any of those aforementioned UFOs or the Mothman (called the Birdman, btw, by the press at the time), then they cover the collapse of the Silver Bridge (that killed 46 people I think it was), which many people think was connected to those UFOs/Mothman. I have no idea if it really was all connected or not, but regardless, it’s all there, along with a section of items from the movie Mothman Prophecies that came out in the early 2000s.

Anyway, the photos. The second is the entrance inside the store, the third is a Mothman costume, fourth is all about the Men in Black, some more Mothman costumes, then a piece of “broken glass” from the movie (they had a lot of movie stuff there), a model of the bridge, some newspaper clippings from the bridge disaster (they have a massive collection of clippings on all the different elements!), and a piece of metal from the bridge that collapsed.

Yeah, how cool is that? After that we went hunting for the bridge site. The first photo is the replacement bridge – the Silver Memorial Bridge – taken coming back into WV from Ohio (of note, it now goes into Henderson, not Point Pleasant. You have to cross it, then cross that green bridge to get into Point Pleasant.) Second is a mural that I *think* is where the bridge used to be because the plaque (which is supposed to be posted where the onramp for the bridge was) is straight back from it. Speaking of the plaque, its #3. Then there’s the new bridge viewed from the river front, and finally another shot of driving over it because we ended up hopping back over to Ohio for lunch at Bob Evans, haha!

While looking for bridge stuff, we ended at the riverfront walk and wow! There was so much there! I had no idea, I guess. I didn’t think about the fact that West Virginia used to be Virginia, but it has so much old history – like Revolutionary War history! Coming from an area that wasn’t really settled until the 1850s/60s, I don’t really think about it. Anyway, the third photo is of a tiny piece of the crazy long mural that runs along the river (it’s fantastic!), then there’s a barge in the river, then there are statues of Chief Cornstalk and General Andrew Lewis from the Battle of Point Pleasant. At the end of the river walk is an amazing park, that has some of the best placed benches I’ve ever seen (this is the big monument in the middle that Instagram chopped off because, vertical.). A shot of that green bridge from the river, and another shot of the Silver Memorial Bridge, then a few more historical markers. Imagine living somewhere that has that many historical places/events! We have a single axe murder in 1912 here, and the town I grew up in had nothing.

There was also an amazing little cemetery – again divided into portrait and landscape shots:

And that wraps up what I’ve got to share with you. Hope you at least enjoyed a few of them.

Have a surprise museum kind of day!

Jo 🙂

West Virginia: Mixed Bag

Hello! Hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s back to the grindstone, and on to a mixed bag of West Virginia photos. I know, if I’d posted while I was there this would make more sense, but who said I make sense?

These are just some pretty roadside photos. I forget the name of the town, but it’s near Sandstone Falls.

Some more roadside photos – I’m working on the ultimate collection 😉

This is a beautiful sunset, and a couple of fun things outside of Point Pleasant, WV (You’ll be seeing more of that shortly.)

And this bunch is from Point Pleasant, West Virginia, famous for Mothman and bunch of other stuff that I had no idea about! The town itself is so freaking adorable – they’ve got it decked out for Christmas, and it looks like it’s off the Hallmark Channel. I seriously felt like I was on TV! There are photos of a snowman and bear that got chopped off because they were vertical (thanks Instagram – this is why I can’t mix them) The sign for Washington’s Land was actually on the way there, but too cool to skip. And the green bridge at the end has nothing to do with the famous Silver bridge – it’s over the Kanahwa River and goes between Point Pleasant and Henderson, WV.

More Point Pleasant coming tomorrow, and I think that will wrap us up. I don’t want these to get too long because in the past people complained about that.

Have a Hallmark Town kinda day!

Jo 🙂

West Virginia: Sandstone Falls

And the West Virginia pics continue – all neatly embedded from Instagram. Pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself.

Today you get the photos from Sandstone Falls. It was a really beautiful day, and a gorgeous location. This set is mostly from an overlook higher up the mountain. It’s a neat shot of some of the falls – though I don’t think these are the same falls we see again later. We thought they would be, but comparing them to the closer shots, they don’t seem to really match, so I’m not sure.

On down the mountain we went to an observation area, where we got closer to some/the falls. We walked out on some rocks because the water was down, so that was really neat because though we were perfectly safe and dry, we were practically in the middle of the river. That’s because, as you can see in the last photo, the water drops down this fissure and goes underneath the rock shelf. There’s a photo of Charles standing way out, farther than I went. Amy (who also has a photo, haha!) didn’t go out that far, either.

Some more shots of the falls, and of us actually on the overlook deck.

We then abandoned the overlook decking and trooped through the woods a bit to get a good view of a second set of falls. The path we took wrapped around in a 2/3 circle, so we thought, “gee, it would be better if we could just get back to the deck going this way and not back tracking.” Being our scout, Charles said to stay put and he’d go see if we could get there (there was a small gorge we weren’t sure we could get over). So, we waited. And waited. And waited. And finally, I zoomed in toward said decking/bridge and there he was, playing on his phone, with no intention of coming back for us…

His excuse was that he thought if we could see him, then it was obvious the gorge was cross-able. Uh-huh. But, we made it, anyway, and lived tot ell the tale of how he tried to dump us in the woods in West Virginia (which would have been a real trip for him because we were not driving our truck, ha!)

Last, but not least, the vertical pictures, separated out because…Instagram.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Two more posts should wrap this up. Weeee!

Have a waterfall kinda day!

Jo 🙂

West Virginia: Cathedral Falls and Lake Stephens

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday! I am back with more West Virginia photos. I know every state is beautiful and has things to offer, but it is seriously so pretty there in the fall…that’s why you’re all getting tortured. Bahahahahaha!

We’re embedding Instagram posts again – so handy.

Despite the title of this blog, we first have some random shots. Though Instagram thinks they were taken in Oak Hill, they’re in Beckley – including the view from our motel, a cool wreath that was outside it, and a restaurant that looks like Waffle House’s poor cousin. (Disclaimer: I did not eat there, so it may well be delicious)