Friday, October 17, 2008

DOLLY SODS


Another place we like to visit when in Canaan Valley is Dolly Sods. We just drive to the top, enjoying the scenery and taking pictures. We have never attempted to go on any of the trails. I'm a scaredy cat anyway.....afraid of meeting a bear. The road is a graveled road and in some places it has pot holes that you really have to slow down for. The trip to the top, is around 15 miles and takes a long time to drive because of the road. On this trip, we were in for a little treat when we reached the top. There were three painters set up painting. I thought that was just great.
















I took this photo as soon as I got out of our truck, but got brave and walked on over closer when I saw others doing so. (I'm shy.)



















This is a close up of one painter's work.


















This is another close up. I liked this one the best.



















This is the last one. They were all really good. I really enjoyed seeing them.



















This sign tells about
Bear Rocks Preserve.

We walked up to the rocks, along with another couple who were visiting also. They pointed out the tea berry plant. They said that is where tea berry gum gets it's flavor from.



















This is a photo showing a section of the rocks.



















This is a view I shot from atop the rocks.






















This photo was taken near the top. Aren't the colors pretty!




















Notice that the trees don't have branches on one side. That is due to the wind.





























This is a close up shot showing
a one sided tree.


















Just look at the red "carpet".



















This was taken at an overlook
along the road. Another awesome view!




















This was taken along the road.
I thought the yellow and red looked good mixed in with the evergreens.




















This is a sign that is in a camping area a little ways off the road. Notice the "Bear Country" sign.



















This is a sign I snapped on the way back down.



This concludes the posting of our vacation. There was so much more that I wanted to see and do, but you can only do so much in four days.......and those four days did go by so fast. It just doesn't seem right that something you look forward to for so long, passes by so fast. But I am thankful to God that He allowed us the time that we did have. The beauty of the fall season, especially in the mountains, always fills my heart with praise for God. His creation gives us so much to enjoy. And, I agree with what someone said......you just feel closer to God in the mountains.

9 comments:

tipper said...

Looks like a fun trip! Love the one sided trees.

Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a fantastic day for you drive. It is always great to get out and enjoy the beauty of these United States.

intouchwith said...

When you can't be there yourself, pictures are great. LOVE IT!

Janet said...

I love the view from the rock. I've always wanted to see a bear in the wild, just so as he doesn't see me.

Becky said...

Great pictures! I love teaberry gum. Hard to find, though.

The Tile Lady said...

I just stepped over from Janet's blog and am absolutely delighted with the wonderful photographs of your vacation! The leaves are just gorgeous! You have a very nice blog, and I enjoyed reading the posts. I'll be back again!
Marie

Talk..to..Grams said...

You all had a great vacation!! I enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing with us! Hugs, Grams

Linda said...

Hi Shirley, Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. You are the only blogger I've met from WV. I'm in Hurricane.

I love your pictures. I could probably pull out some of the same shots from my photo boxes.

Look forward to getting to know you.

Angela said...

Now after seeing all of those gorgeous pictures of Canaan Valley in the Fall that you have taken, I'm going to have to try to figure out a way to go in the fall!

The Lord sure did bless you with seeing all of his wonderful handiwork in the making of those beautiful mountains!

Hugs,
Angela

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