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Seneca Rocks

Allegheny Mts / Fall Colors / 1st Snow

October 13 – November 1, 2008

 

I had the opportunity to ride over the mountains to Seneca Rocks (my favorite destination in WV!) twice in the past month.  Both times, the fall colors were amazing, probably because we’ve been away from WV for the past 23 years.  My first ride was after work on October 13th.  The second ride was Saturday, Nov 1st – a day that started out cold (frost on the cars), then warmed up by the time I left at 11:00, then cooled off quickly as I gained elevation in the mountains.  There was still snow along the side of the road from the snow earlier in the week.  Lucky I brought along plenty of warm clothing. 

 

October 13

 

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Destination: Seneca Rocks, Oct 13th.    Probably my most favorite place in the world.  Lots of memories here of when I

would bring my grandparents up on Sunday afternoons for picnics.  My grandfather loved to watch the climbers through his binoculars. 

 

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Coming across Rt 33 East from Elkins, this cave is a long-time landmark. 

 

 

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Close-up view inside the cave.  Almost certainly man-made. 

 

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Laurel Fork from the bridge on Rt 33.

 

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Rich Mt overlook.  (CR 31)

 

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Allegheny Mt summit eastbound on Rt 33. 

 

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Coming down Allegheny Mt eastbound on Rt 33.  Nice colors.

(Compare this picture with the one on Nov 1st ) 

 

 

Nov 1st

 

Today was a beautiful day, except for the cool temperatures in the morning (and in the mountains)

 

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Uh, oh!  East of Elkins about 6 miles, I ran into the first snow along the road. 

Temperatures were dropping quickly as I climbed.

 

 

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Further up the mountain, deeper snow and colder temps.

Glad I brought those pocket warmers! 

 

 

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Coming over Allegheny Mt, you can see how the trees have

lost their leaves in the past few weeks. 

 

 

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Seneca Rocks, Nov 1st.  Colors are fading.

 

 

After Seneca Rocks, I continued on to Petersburg for a quick visit with my folks.

 

 

 

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Champe Rocks – about 5 miles north of Seneca Rocks on Rt 55/28. 

 

 

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Continuing on Rt 55/28 toward Petersburg.

 

 

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The rocks along the South Branch of the Potomac River at the

Grant County / Pendleton County line. 

 

Well, I had a nice visit with my folks, then turned around and re-traced my route back to Clarksburg, arriving around 5:30 while the sun was up (and the temperatures warm).  It was a fun, relaxing ride today.  Glad you could join me. 

 

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