Ohio, Illinois & Indiana
Our drive through the far north of West Virginia took us through some steep and windy roads. It was much cooler here too. We were up early to drive through the Monongahela National Forest where West Virginia's High Point is located at 4,863 feet. It's a pretty remote section and of course no cell service so we made the decision to spend the day in the mountains as it was Sunday then just boondock at Walmart and get an early start for Ohio. We've already spent time a couple months ago in West Virginia visiting family and friends so this visit was just for the High Point.
Lot's of winding roads. The clouds were starting to lift as the sun rose.
It was a short hike in to the viewing platform. We were the only ones here on a weekend. I don't think this part gets much attention or attendance.
The viewing platform could use a little TLC.
Up here there was some early fall color for us to enjoy.
High Point marker.
Logging and cattle grazing are still big practices up here.
Since some of these High Points are fairly flat they and don't require long drives through the mountains, it's easy for us to find a place to camp nearby. It also makes it easy to get to once Steve finishes work for the day. The High Point was in Bellefontaine, just a few miles from the lake.
The marker is at our feet in the center of the bricks.
It was soon time to drive over to Indiana.
We stayed at a beautiful little county park called Westwood hidden in the rolling hill countryside.
Very nicely kept and landscaped.
With friendly neighbors.
Again, another short drive out through the cornfields brought us to this little wooded spot. It is on private property but the owners maintain a small graveled road to the High Point and welcome visitors.
A young man decided to use this as an opportunity to earn his Eagle Scout Badge, so he cleaned it up and put an education plaque on a boulder at the high spot.
I'm not sure if the handprint is his or if that was added by someone else later?
On the way out we had noticed a sign that said something about the Wright Brothers. At that time we were looking for geocaches and found this really cool spot.
We say it all the time, but it really is amazing the cool things geocaching can take you to. We might not have found this nice museum, house and grounds otherwise. It was a nice side trip.
You'll probably have to zoom in to read the information.
Another evening out geocaching brought us to this giant shoe!
Turned out to be at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
The orange circle above is brick made into a giant basketball with nice detail and Indiana in the middle.
One last early morning sunrise.
Since we didn't have to go too far northwest for the High Point we stayed in the center of the state and made some extended plans to visit some friends once we got to Missouri. We've been moving every few days lately and were looking forward to staying put a little longer.
I've gotta say that these mid-west states have some of the greatest county/city parks! Even some of the very smallest towns have them. We have found them all to have electric and water and usually between $10 and $15. Many have even been free.
The food was ok but the drinks were awesome! We had a couple. All's well that ends well!
Yes, these are headstones. There is also a small cemetery next to the campground. You guys know I love cemeteries. I can wander around in them for hours reading the old inscriptions, fascinated by the far away locations they were born, and sometimes the details of their death. In the Midwest I have noticed that even in the poorer looking areas, they don't skimp on their headstones. This little cemetery had some of the most intricate headstones. Some, like the one above, had what I'm guessing is laser etched scenery on them. I'm thinking this is an areal view of this persons farm. The detail was very impressive.
Our friend Cori, said there are many other "largest" items just south of us but we had run out of time.
Enjoying our time in the "fly over states" of the mid-west.
Next up: time with new RV Friends and old Goat Friends!