|July 17 – Saturday: We actually got on our way by 7:30 a.m. If you know Larry and me, that really is amazing. We seem to be getting better with age! Since the Joe and Laura are in the midst of converting our basement to some living space for themselves, we were a bit reluctant to go and leave them hanging. But both Joe and Laura were very kind and gracious in encouraging us to go ahead with plans we had made long before we knew they would be moving in with us. So we did.
This was a travel day, and we made it to Parkersburg, WV, which is on the Ohio River and borders Ohio. We took old US 50 through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and back into WV. The road is mostly 2 lane and wound through mountains and valleys. Lots of winding road with switchbacks all the way. I think they modeled the Skyline Drive after Route 50 only they smoothed out Skyline Drive a bit more. We both like to be off the beaten path, and this certainly was that. We came around one bend and saw a great old ‘30s style park where we just had to stop. Cool Springs Park (1929) had a store that sold souvenirs, groceries, ice cream (that’s what we got of course), fishing gear and licenses, had a lunch counter and lots more. We got our ice cream and then wandered around the grounds. There were about 4 cabooses on an old track, countless old metal tractors that were sinking into the ground, an old steam roller, a huge water wheel that didn’t go around any more, burros, fish in a hatchery, and lots more. A masterpiece of “stuff”.
We drove through a little shower, but that was all the rain we had. We were both really tired, so we were in bed by 9:30.