still settling in; a second visitor

Well, I lied when I said there would be just one more post. There will be a couple, it seems.

My dad came to visit immediately upon Liz’s departure, and we have continued the projects that Liz started/helped conceive. We put my mattress up on a platform of plywood and milk crates. We repaired the screen door. We’ve been documenting a few maintenance requests. And walking the neighborhood, and exploring the town (a local Italian place turned out excellent! craft beer here is more expensive than I’ve seen it, ever!), and exploring a little further away as well. We spent a day in the mountains and today we’ll spend another. I’ve had a few more bike rides with new friends! It’s all very exciting.

We also celebrated Hops’s 11th birthday at a brewery after a good day of hikes – he napped well.

I am still touristing, a little, in my new town. As soon as Pops flies out, though, it’s back to work: I’ll have less than a week til orientation starts at the new job, and my syllabi need work. Busy busy…

Seneca Rocks

From Blackwater, we moved into the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which is part of (or contiguous with?) the Monongahela National Forest. We’re staying at Seneca Shadows campground, which is practically, yes, in the shadow of Seneca Rocks, a famous rock formation and rock-climbing destination.

Seneca Rocks in morning light

That’s the Rocks there in the foreground.

Hops and I did the hike up to the observation tower at the base of the rock formation proper, and it is no joke of a hike – just a mile and a half up and the same back down, but steep the whole way. These views are from the observation tower, from which one can look basically straight down at one’s car or van.

A sign there at the top of the hike/base of the rock says (I paraphrase), “go beyond this point and die.”

Camp isn’t bad, either.