Diana L. and I (this is Dwight writing this) spent the weekend in Pocahontas County, scouting Pocfest locations.
I drove from Baltimore, but with a stop in Culpeper, Virginia, so took the GPS-approved route of taking I-81 down to I-64, then west into West Virginia, then north on Highway 219. There are several ways getting to Pocahontas County from the north and east, and each one is gorgeous. I've grown fond of this route mostly largely because this is the way I came on my first trip to (I've been four times now), and I love the vistas and the farmland heading north at dusk. If anything it's almost too beautiful. I've posted a few pictures so you'll get the idea of what it looks like in Pocahontas County.
We stayed at Blue Lick Run, home of Pocfest hostess Brynn K., and the main site for 4th of July activities. Brynn has a charming house at the edge of the National Forest.
Looking down towards Blue Lick Run from the Airstream.
The kitty swarm at Blue Lick Run. There are five siblings who live on (or under) the porch. They tend to move in a furry pack, especially at mealtime.
High Rocks Camp--Pocfest headquarters. This is the big open area in the center. The buildings, shelters and facilities are on a ring around the outskirts.
A typical three-sided shelter at High Rocks. As you can see, the fourth side is a tarp. Each half of the shelter has two cots, with a partial wall between the two halves.
The historic mill at Mill Point, on the National Historic Register. The mill is being renovated and has a lot of cool old stuff inside. Best of all, though, is walking in the mill wheel like a hamster.
Pearl S. Buck's birthplace, in Hillsboro. There is a museum here. We're considering arranging a tour at Pocfest.
In the old Opera House in Marlinton. We'll be having film screenings here--among other events.
The old railroad trestle bridge, with a swimming hole underneath.
The one room schoolhouse (owned by Brynn). We'll be doing something fun here, too.
The "three-quarters barn" below Blue Lick Run. We probably won't do anything here, but it sure is nice, huh?