Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Babcock State Park, WV

The Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, WV
Monday, October 18, 2015,Babcock State Park, WV, 168.9 Miles, 721.5 Miles for the Trip

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.

Until tomorrow.

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