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Sep 2, 2012 - Beckley WV coal mine tour

We spent the first night on the road in NC at VanHoy Farm Campground in Union Grove NC. Tues. we proceeded to Beckley WV to tour a coal mine that is not working today but is set up for educational tours. This was a challenge as we were driving the coach and the Garmin took us to where we could see the parking lot but the only way to get there was to go down a one way ramp - luckily no traffic coming against us. The mine was operated between 1890 and 1910 and there was a whole mining camp there including housing for the workers, for the...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Beckley Mine Tour

July 31, Saturday: Today we toured the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. We took a tram ride pulled by an old mine engine. Interestingly enough, the guide was Leroy and he had worked in the mines 30 years, but not this particular one. This mine was only worked from 1890 to 1910 – not very long. They cut into the side of the mountain here to get the bituminous coal. Mostly the seams were very narrow – 30” to 40” high - and the miners ended up working on their hands and knees or lying down. The miners invented a little board with wheels that ran...

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2010 RV Rally

Jul 30, 2010 - Beckley, WV

July 29, Thursday: This was a lay-back-and-do-nothing sort of day. We drove around the Bluegrass Country admiring all the old dry stone fences and some rather new looking McMansions. Saw lots of them for sale, too. July 30, Friday: Today we left Kentucky and drove back to West Virginia. We’re camping at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. We decided to take the interstates instead of the (much) more circuitous route through the mountains of southern KY just because we had a time constraint. We got to the campground by 12:30 and had plans to...

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2010 RV Rally

Jul 25, 2010 - Coal Mines and Bridges

Friday night we had an enjoyable stay at the campground located adjacent to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. This coal mine is a very realistic look at coal mining and provides some educational displays, including rebuilt living quarters (such as the Miner’s Shanty – a one room tiny house for miners whose families lived elsewhere), a typical coal company house (for miners with family), the church, the school, and (of course) a tour into the mine 1500 feet below ground. The coal company house was bigger than Clyde so it appeared pretty...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Thursday-Beckley WV to Lexington KY 6/3/10

We left Beckley WV and traveled west on I-64 to Lexington KY, then north on I-75 to the first exit. What a difference in campgrounds. Kentucky Horse Park campground is one of the nicest parks we have ever visited. Paved roads, paved sites, shade, and full hook-ups, with laundry, pool, tennis courts and playgrounds( no dog run through). This is a state faciltiy! The area is scenic, with green rolling hills and a large mansions with huge horse stables. There is even an RV show this weekend in the campground. We were up early and rode our...

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May 21, 2010 - Great day of seeing the Beckley area

Today we went to Tamarac which is a very large artzy building and beautiful. Everything displayed there is made in West Virginia. It was so fun to travel through this seeing so many different crafts, pottery, glass, etc., etc. This is owned by the Greenbrier. We had lunch there in their cafeteria which was very different and fun. We had baked apples, fried green tomato sandwich and wonderful peach cobbler for dessert. That night we went to the Black Knight Country club for dinner. There were 3 other couples that joined us and it was...

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May 20, 2010 - Traveling to see the Hambric's in W.Virginia

Today was a long hard day of flying. Left PSP at 6:00 AM, flew to LAX with a change of planes to fly to Houston. I almost missed my connection as they were closing the gate as I arrived to get on the plane. Flew 2 1/2 hrs on a commuter flight to Charleston, WV and Susan was at the gate waiting for me. We spent the evening at home with Doug cooking some great steaks.

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May 14, 2010 - Ol Sol Blessed Us

The Hogs finally caught a break with the weather..Ol Sol shone on us all day long. Except for a brief rainsuit episode we were dry. Stayed at the Stonewall Jackson hotel in downtown Staunton, The general manager , Carol, has been a long time friend and it was good to see her. She used to manage the Brasstown resort in Young Harris, Ga. Left the Stonewall Jackson hotel this morning and went to the HD dealer in Staunton. Probably the nicest dealership I have seen. From their patio you can see an expanse of hills and valleys. Actually I bought...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Day 1 - Thursday

We left home at 9 a.m., made a rest stop at 10:30 a.m., then stopped for lunch at Panera in Columbus, OH at 12:30 p.m. Driving along, Buz passed a couple of slow-moving cars and was stopped by a K-9 cop for speeding. Buz admitted that he was going faster than the speed limit of 55 mph and the cop told him to slow down - no ticket! We stopped again for gas about 4 p.m. and arrived at the Fairfield Inn, Beckley, WV at 5 p.m. Easy drive - just a little snow along the way. Went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse, which was next door to the hotel....

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Southern Trip 2010

Jun 15, 2009 - West Virginia Coal Mine

When we left the campground this morning it was still raining. It started last night and drizzled all night. The clouds were hanging low in the mountains, but the driving was good. We made an unplanned stop at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. It was very interesting and really shed some light (no pun intended) on the life of a coal miner in the early days. I think some of the conditions have changed, i.e. lighting, safety, etc., but I am sure the job still sucks. This particular coal mine is 6 miles long. This mine was referred to as a...

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Jun 3, 2008 - On the Road Again

Hi Kathy & I are back on the road heading to Alaska, via a few stops to see family and friends. On Tuesday, we met up with Steve (newly retired) and Shelagh at a rest area, just west of Charlottesville, VA. Steve, Shelagh & Murphy Dog, in their 40ft Class A (Bus) will be our caravan buddies across the US to meet up with our friends in Montana. We made it to Beckley, WV in a heavy thunderstorm,however, had a bit of trouble finding "Camp WalMart". After a needed night's rest, we will head to Louisville, Ky to stop for the night and have...

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Alaskan Trek 2008

Jun 20, 2007 - Through West Virginia

Jim's son Jarrad and his fiancée Brandi are getting married Saturday in Buckeye Lake, Ohio - good excuse for a ROAD TRIP! Leaving today was a little touch and go as Jim declared we would not leave until he got the yard mowed. Morning rain resulted in a delay while we waited for the grass to dry. Fortunately for us (but not for the plant life), rain was light and ended by mid-morning. We were on the road by 2 p.m. We have an additional "person" traveling with us on this trip - our 18-year-old cat daughter Blue. Blue went on a trip with us...

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