09/07/11 WV Weekend Day 1


Germantown MD to Petersburg WV
261 miles

When we left home the sky was cloudy with a 30% chance of rain in the forecast. After crossing White’s Ferry though we ran into some thunderstorms, and stopped in Leesburg for breakfast while the worst of the storm passed. The next challenge was fog/low-lying clouds in the mountains; very glad I wasn’t driving!

Once on the other side the temperature went up by 20°, sunny and a blue sky. We had reservations at the Fort Hill Motel; for $58 a night we had a nice room with queen bed, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, wireless internet, and a great view. Minutes from the downtown area of Petersburg and 22 miles from Seneca Rocks was an excellent location.

We had dinner at the Front Porch Restaurant which is across the street from Seneca Rocks. D checking out the bikes in the parking lot with the Rocks in the background:

Back at the motel D went into the pool for a bit and then we watched the sun set behind the mountains. Beautiful ending for a great day!

08/27/11 Calm Before The Storm


So we continue getting ready for the hurricane and wait. Two of the kids offered to go to the grocery store with me. We got there around 10:30am and already a rather full parking lot and not a single cart available in the store. It was very crowded, a number of people were joking about the situation but an equal number were quite rude. We did self-scan and bagged as we shopped so our wait to check out was minimal.

We have lots of non-perishable foods, bottled water, ice, candles, flash lights with charged batteries. We moved the flower pots, recycle bins, and trash can; went on a quest to find the coolers in the basement. Later in the afternoon I put gas in the van and I’m doing one last load of laundry.

Not much else to do at this point. The rain is supposed to start late in the morning and continue until around noon on Sunday.

There was a beautiful sunset sky this evening. E and I took a walk to the field behind our house and then up the hill to the higher grounds near the elementary school. I got a number of photos to add to my sky collection.