Since I’m hooked into a free WiFi hotspot, I decided to share some of where I’ve been.
I spent the early part of last week in Dayton, OH — one of America’s fastest dying cities. And yes, they have Wright Patterson AFB, but it’s not nearly a large enough basket for a broken egg this size. Furthermore, Dayton has been dying for decades; this is not some recent manifestation of the decaying industrial belt. Sorry. (More thoughts and observations on all this when I’m back home…)
There’s great beauty in Dayton, though — and some of it can be found in her lovely old churches. This was taken Thursday morning inside the First English Lutheran Church, founded in 1839:
After a few more days in Central Ohio, I started heading SE — back toward my much-beloved WV mountains. This trip, though, I routed myself through Fairfield County and Athens. Found this truly gorgeous covered bridge in a remote hollow, wayyyy off the beaten path:
And now I’m in Canaan Valley, where we escape every summer. I was going to hike Dolly Sods last night, but I encountered a bear almost immediately and lost heart. (Nope — no photos. I was hardly thinking straight…) Instead, I hiked up to the top of Cabin Mountain and shot the sunset across the valley:
Say what you will about wind power; it makes for great photography.
Be back in another week. See ya…