Day 61 – West Virginia’s Midland Trail Part 2

I ended up at Red Lobster last night with a pound of snow crab legs…my favorite.  I’m not much on chain restaurants, but I tell you, I’ve eaten at more chain and fast food places in the last 60 days than I have in the last several years!  Red Lobster always reminds me of childhood days.  My mom and Bart once came up with a plan for the children to try different restaurants on Monday night when my brothers Bart and Ed came over.  Each Monday, one of us got to pick a restaurant.  Celebration and Chiquita’s were a favorite and then my brother Bart picked Red Lobster.  I think Ed and I picked Red Lobster the next two weeks and after a month the restaurant plan went by the wayside!

Before leaving Charleston, West Virginia’s largest city, I walked around the Capitol that sits across the River from the University of Charleston.  After a short walk around the Capitol I visited Daniel Boone Park aside the Kanawha River where I found my first geocache for the day.

The dogs and I left Charleston backtracking on the Midland Trail which was once a bison path and later an Indian trail to Kanawha Falls where the river flows over sandstone ledges.  The falls is also a virtual cache, so I got my second of the day.

We moved on the Hawks Neck State Park located on both sides of the road.  We enjoyed a marvelous overlook of the river complete with two bridges and a train coming by.  After admiring the valley below, we walked across the highway to complete a loop trail and find another cache.

We had a long way to get to Waynesboro, so we spent the next few hours driving to arrive at Walmart around 3 pm.  I thought we would take a walk around a city park, blog, and maybe even catch a movie, but after spending over an hour troubleshooting technical problems on my phone with Applecare, I just ended up driving 77 miles to Richmond to get a replacement.  Generally, I’m not that addicted to a phone, but if I didn’t find a replacement today, it would have been about ten days before I would get another chance.  The Apple Store was PACKED!  Of course the associate at the store could not reproduce any of the problems, but due to the notes from technical support, they honored the replacement that was promised and quite frankly I paid for anyway through insurance…so props to them.

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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned travel photographer and blogger.

10 thoughts on “Day 61 – West Virginia’s Midland Trail Part 2

  1. um huh… good food always does the soul good.

    love the rock lobster tails and the great beer bread rolls.

    and I’d like to know which Apple Store across the US is not generally packed!
    I love my iPhone!!!

  2. I am on the verge of getting an iPhone here in Mexico. I just hope they can change the Spanish to English and then will need someone to help me download apps from my computer.
    And, oh do I long for a Red Lobster here in Mx or even a Whataburger.
    I’ve been hearing on CNN about all the bad weather in the States. Lots of snow. Hope you are avoiding those states.

  3. love that pict. of the bridge over the river ! Must’ve been so gorgeous to see, and it looks like you still had some good foliage to see, as well.
    Hope Scout is doing better today.

  4. beautiful pic from the overlook of the bridge. As I told you before we live in Louisville KY, my brother-in-law & sister-in-law live NC, so this spring we (I DID MOST THE DRIVING) went to visit (rained the whole way, horrible trip & my husband who works nights slept thru a lot of it). The only thing I remember about WV is their roads are horrible they all need to be paved & so windy & hilly & just didn’t like driving on them at all. Hope your having a better time of it than I did.

    1. I can imagine in the rain that would have been difficult…WV was actually nicer than I expected…all you here on the news about it is a problem with a coal mine.

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