Tuesday, August 01, 2006
From Almost Heaven to Hades -- via the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is the highest east of the Mississippi River, says the US Fish & Wildlife Service. It is also the nation's newest, established back in the first term of President Clinton.
The Parsons Family Reunion has taken place at the farm of Cecil and Virginia Parsons since the 1970's. The valley floor is around 3200' and surrounding mountains are over 4000' which is fairly high for the Appalachian Mountain. The valley is headwaters of the Blackwater River, tributary to the Cheat River, which runs into the Monongahela River, Ohio River, Missississississississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Just over the mountain the North Fork of the South Branch Potomac River flows towards the Chesapeake Bay. Male bass are producing eggs in this watershed. Really! Go here to check it out.
The weather was typical for the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, which still only has one traffic light. The thermometer never passed 78 f. These folks average close to 130 inches snow per year.
And it's back to the Delaware River just in time for this outrageous heatwave and the last two Camp DeWitt girl scout river trips. I will be out on the river Wednesday and Thursday and each evening expect to be completely fried, especially my brains, which will be even more scrambled than usual.
Therefore the next post will appear Friday, August 4.