|The Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, WV|
Last night was COLD. The outside temperature was 23°F when I woke up at 6:00AM. Even with the electric heater going full blast it was down to 60°F in the trailer. I was warm enough under the blanket, but sure wanted to stay in bed. I turned on NPR, listened to Morning Edition, and eventually I got up around 8:00, made breakfast & spent 10 minutes scraping frost off the windows and mirrors on the RAV4. Most of the drive today was on I 81, I 64, and a very curvy & hilly 9 mile section of US 60 just west of Rainelle. Every time I pass through Rainelle, I remember my GPS directed "adventure" on my first trip to Babcock State Park. Sure glad I wasn't pulling the trailer!
The Babcock State Park campground is first come this time of year, and there is no problem finding a site - there are 4-5 trailers in the park. I'm a bit distant from the bathrooms, but I don't mind since they are unheated, and still are holding the chill from last night. I was planning a shower, but it is going to be in the trailer.
After setting up I drove to the Glade Creek Grist Mill, one of the major attractions in the park. It is a reconstructed grist mill in a beautiful location. While there is a touch of color, unfortunately, when I got there the sun was pretty much full into the camera lens. Any distance shots had quite a bit of flare. There is also very little water going through Glade Creek. I will go back after dinner when the sun has set, and hope for better lighting; can't do much about the low water level.
I had to include a couple of photos of an interesting awning light at my neighbor's trailer. Made from a white 5 gallon with a 40 watt compact fluorescent lamp. Simple, but very effective. Those & more photos of the grist mill at today's LakeshoreImages page.
I'm afraid that you won't get to see this post until tomorrow. While there is a 1X Verizon connection in the campground, and it let me check my mail, even read a couple of RV forums, it won't upload photos or even post a reply to a forum article. There is also a "Babcock Guest" WiFi, however the password the campground office gave me doesn't work. So, posting will have to wait until I find a connection! (I found one at the New River Gorge Visitor Center. I missed Bridge Day last Saturday)
Dinner will be a chicken pot pie.