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The Executive coach was pretty full for our 3-day trip to West Virginia. It was great to be traveling with a group again.
At Blackwater Falls, we had a picnic in the park, which everyone loved.
Tour Director Patti Olson watched to make sure all were safe going down the stairs to the falls.
Blackwater Falls from upper viewpoint
Meeting new friends in beautiful places!
And sharing photos along the way
At the Canaan Valley Resort we were treated to a local music by a local artist playing hammered dulcimer and several banjos
The valley filled with fog early each morning. It was so peaceful and beautiful.
Tame deer came by our balconies each morning and evening.
We were on a bear hunt as part of our scavenger hunt, but stuffed bears did not count.
The only real bears we saw were on Patti’s phone – they were all gathering on one tree!
At nearby Elkins we boarded a train for a half-day excursion into the wilderness on the New Tygart Flyer.
What a beautiful day for a train ride.
The train was a vintage diesel locomotive, and all the train cars were vintage, also.
Waiting to board is a great time for a group photo.
Lunch was a sandwich buffet along the way.
At the halfway point, we got off and walked to another beautiful waterfall.
It was so tempting to climb out on the rocks!
But photo memories were a better choice.
We were able to get right down to the water’s edge for a good view and to hear the rush of the water.
Our last day started with a ride up a ski chair lift for a panoramic view.
We climbed high for a great view.
The view from the other side of the mountain!
And then we came back down to begin our journey home
At Harpers Ferry National Park we had the best ever local guide.
Our guide had great stories and history to share with us.
Between the Potomac River and town runs an original, historic train trestle still in use today.
This old wagon by the trestle was just begging for a photo!
All the buildings are original from the 18th century.
This is the building where John Brown and his conspirators were captured.
Modern day shops are back several blocks from the historic buildings.
Sometimes it’s just good to sit down and contemplate the experiences.
Our group in front of one of the stronghold hills of the Civil War. Canons could fire 4 miles from this site.
Last stop was a delicious dinner at the historic Mansion House 1757 near Gettysburg.