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                   Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 9:13PM

Crystal-clear day in the Gorge

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I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. I spent $80 on a new North Face hiking pack (the one I used last weekend was borrowed) and spent the afternoon in the New River Gorge. I don't know if this outdoor bug is temporary or permanent, so we'll see. The Gorge is still green, with very little color so far. This is surprising, given the progression of fall colors in Charleston. With clear blue skies, great sunlight, and t-shirt weather in the high 60s, this was a perfect day for hiking. I might go back again tomorrow. (Warning - This is another photo-intensive post!)

CSX train at Kanawha Falls

From Route 16 at Cotton Hill:

This section of the New River, called the 'Dries', is famous among kayakers for large waves that form in the section of the river in the foreground during high water. The 'Dries' name is derived from the lower water levels here due to an upstream dam that channels water through a diversion tunnel to a hydroelectric power plant downstream.

On to Fayetteville and across the New River Gorge Bridge:

The rest of these are from the rim of the Gorge along Endless Wall Trail.

Almost looks like 'Old Man of the Mountain' with a coal miner's helmet

Vertical composite panorama - click to enlarge

Long way down - over 800 feet!

Endless Wall has some great views of the bridge

Reminds me of the 1980's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Atari game

Bridge reflections

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