Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blackwater Falls & Smallest Church & P.O.

Stop two on our field trip was to Blackwater Falls in Tucker County, West Virginia. This visit was much different from my previous visits to the falls.
We haven't had much rain lately so this was the first time that I had seen it with such little water.
The photo below was taken of the falls about 4 years ago and after a heavy amount of rain. The force of all that water is just amazing!
Do you know why Blackwater Falls are black?

The forests surrounding the falls are full of hemlock and red spruce trees. When the needles as well as the sap of these trees drop and wash into the water ,where they decay, they create tannic acid. (Tannic acid is used to preserve animal hides.) I kind of like to think of it as a tea bag of preservatives.
Anyways it is the tannic acid that causes the rocks to be black in color.
Oh, and if you are wondering how high the falls are I can tell you that they are equal to a 5 story building.

On our way to our next destination we passed by a sign that read the smallest church and Post Office in the lower 48 states.
They sit beside one another in the little town of Silver Lake, WV.
The church is called "Our Lady of the Pines". It measures a whopping 24 feet by 12 feet and it says that it is always open and services are still held there. There was no one present when we passed through.
Just behind the church is the smallest Post Office. Again no one was there. I tried to get pictures of the inside of these buildings but they didn't turn out very good.
Inside the church

                                     Inside the Post Office

Next Stop : Top Kick's Military Museum


Monday, September 29, 2014

On Top of Coopers Rock

Last week I had the pleasure of being a chaperone on what I consider to be the BEST EVER field trip. Lucky for me, this was my second trip and I still might get to go one more time if Katie gets this class. Yeah!
Each year the 9th grade Science Honors class at John Marshall High School takes a field trip to the eastern panhandle of our state (WV) to study the formation of the mountains, the native plants, animals and so much more.
So last week we packed our bags, loaded a bus and headed out.

First stop:   COOPERS ROCK STATE PARK


This beautiful forest is located near Morgantown, WV. Legend has it that a cooper (or barrel maker) hid from the law in these woods. While there he continued his trade of barrel making and sold them to the folks in the nearby communities. Thus, the name Coopers Rock.

The views from atop the lookout point are beautiful.(first photo at top of post)

Lots of hiking trails!
Huge cave like crevices....dare to enter?
For more info about Coopers Rock you can visit Coopers Rock State Forest . com

Next stop - Smallest Church and Post Office in the lower 48 states plus Blackwater Falls

Monday, September 8, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Doesn't this look yummy?

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to try it. Off to the freezer I went in search of strawberries. I found them but I also found blueberries too which is what I will be making this with the next time.
I made the strawberry filling on the stove top.
Then whipped the cream cheese layer.
Next I mixed up the butter cake and reserved some crumbles.
Put it all together and it's ready to bake.
I found the recipe HERE at Carlsbad Cravings.
Trust me..It's good!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunny Saturday

This past Saturday we headed to a pond with a friend to do a little fishing. It was a gorgeous day. We couldn't have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing and the fish were biting.
The property owner is in the process of building and what a beautiful house this is gonna be. I told him if it were mine I'd stay and never want to leave to go to town for anything. The inside is just as great (or will be when it's finished).
The kids had a blast fishing. This bass was actually caught by my youngest son but he was fishing from way up high on a deck so he had to ask Logan (pictured) to remove it from his hook.
I off course, had to have someone take each one of mine off...EEwww!
School has begun in our neck of the woods unfortunately.
It's been a rough week (for me) trying to get in enough sleep. I'm used to sleeping in all summer so it's always a challenge when the schedule changes. All is going well so far. Gage is now going to the high school and doing good other than for the fact that he lost his cell phone the first day. 
Katie is being home schooled for her last year. Next year she will enter public schools at the junior high level. Hoping all goes well then too!
So as we trudge through this first week back...we ALL are counting the days until the weekend arrives.
Who knows, maybe we can get another great day of fishing in!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Enjoying the Summer

Boy, this summer is flying by so quickly!
We've all been enjoying it though, especially this past week. The temperatures and humidity were much lower so I was finally able to get the A/C turned off and the windows back open for at least a few days. 
Hubby was on vacation too! We didn't do anything fabulous but we really enjoyed the "down time". We did get the kids out to fish a few times. They are easy to make happy!
A pond, a few fishin' poles and worms = happy kiddos.
                                                 * Logan's Big Catch*
                            

                                     *Me & my Itty Bitty Bass*
Momma likes fishing too! I just take a pair of gloves to use as I bait the hook and someone else has to remove the fish when I catch one. (I don't like the slimy feeling of either!)

We also had a family picnic to celebrate my Aunt Joan coming in from Kentucky. There were about 40 of us that were able to attend. Here is my Dad with his sister (Joan) hamming it up.

Of course, there has been plenty of swimming going on.
A good many evenings just sitting around the fire pit. I love the fact that the kids (all of them, including the oldest) still enjoy spending weekends with us doing this. I'm sucking it all up now because I know it won't last forever. 

Other than that there was plenty of time just relaxing while watching movies and for me there was stitching time.