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.
first bike ride from my front door
Ron Hinkle blowing glass
with Pops at Seneca Rocks
Pops & Hops at Spruce Knob
at a park in Pittsburgh, between airport runs
Ron Hinkle glass purchases
country roads by bike
Gose flight (purchased at a bottle shop in Pittsburgh, except one brought from Texas)
campus at night
Hops at Big Timber on his birthday!
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…
Well, friends, we’re nearing the final hours of Foxy livin’. I’ll try and review a few things for you here, but it’s busy times (when I’m within cell range in these lovely mountains).
Since I last wrote to you, I headed into the town of Elkins for a day and a night, to see some friends and do some conferencing about my upcoming new JOB (eek). From there, we drove up to Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state of West Virginia.
Spruce Knob Lake
Spruce Knob Lake
at the observation tower
highest dog in West Virginia
highest van in West Virginia
but where are the plateaus that are allowed to just be plateaus?
We had a couple of nice nights of camping, with weather cool enough that we had a fire one night, and hiked a bit up in the hills.
everything we need
I’ve been reading & writing furiously, and doing some planning for the move coming up, and a couple of visitors right out of the gate. I know I keep using this word, bittersweet, but truly… I’m excited for all the change, and I’m going to miss this here.