Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dolly Sods & Seneca Rocks

Well after leaving Canaan Valley State Park we ventured south to the Dolly Sods Wilderness area. It's located high on a mountain ridge, quite barren and quite wind whipped from the look of the vegetation. Isolated but not our kind of place, just too scrubby.

Next stop on the agenda for today was Seneca Rocks


An unusual rock formation in the Monongahela National Forest. As our luck would have it the visitors center was closed today. There were two climbers on the rocks today as the forest allows climbers to ascend to the top of the mountain. Of coarse a permit is required from the forest service to climb. This location was used to train the 'Mountain Corps' prior to the D-Day Normandy invasion in WW II.

As we were rounding the corner of the visitors Center I found a humming bird that must have flown into one of the large windows and injured itself. At first I thought it was stunned but after I picked it up it was evident that it must be injured. All I was able to do was place it in a shrub and hope it was just a minor injury.


Our next task was  to find a spot for the night. We traveled down the road a short distance to a Forest Service camp. Island Camp was a 'no frills' rustic campground with nothing but vault toilets. But a more beautiful spot we couldn't have asked for. We shared the camp with a young man doing consulting work in the forest on 'Endangered Plants'. Seems he and his co-worker were staying in a local motel and being out in this beauty all day he just couldn't do the motel thing anymore, so he's camping under the stars.



Here's his camp. Good luck John.






And here's ours.



So the close of another day for the RV-Anytimers. We hope to see ya down the road as we're,

Dancin' on the Wind.


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