STATE TO STATE-MOVIN’ ON

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From Point Pleasant, we drove across the river to a lovely city Park Kordel which surrounds Fort Randolph and has a motor home park and dump station.  There we hunkered in and waited out torrential rain.

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Signs on the road advertised an “event” taking place at Fort Randolph over the weekend. In the morning, we saw a War Enactment group that had set-up the night before and spent a wet night in their rudimentary tents. Or, they may have slept in their cars.

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Geese waddled through the sopping wet grass and made for the lake as we were leaving.

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We crossed into Ohio and took this beauty of a bridge across the Ohio river at Pomeroy.

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We stopped at a rest stop for lunch and nearby was a tiny church. We are traveling back roads and this little gem is on State Highway 7.

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I couldn’t resist tromping over to have a look-see.

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A central altar, stained glass windows, six pews that hold two people each.

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To the right of the altar is a basket for prayer requests.

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Who wouldn’t be charmed by this sweet little church by the side of the road?

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Then as I turned to go back out the door, was this sampler. Some group put a lot of loving attention to this tiny roadside respite and I was charmed.

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We moved on and crossed over another bridge back into West Virginia. Our trajectory is fairly straight, staying away for the inter-states with their high speeds  and heavy truck traffic. We will be meeting my step-daughter, Karen Littlefield and her family in Winchester, Virginia in a week.  Sometimes I get confused where I am as we cross borders in and out of a state so easily.

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We landed at Parkersburg, West Virginia VFW Post 1212. Lisa, the Quartermaster, hugs every veteran who comes in, male or female. She is a bright spirit in the lives of many. I heard one gentleman tell her after the hug, “I needed that.” Lisa will celebrate her birthday at the Post today and she is a woman who requires fireworks for her birthday. She reminds you of a sparkler and the fireworks are quite fitting.

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We enjoyed a huge fish and chips dinner at the bar and kept company with Sheryl and Bruce who told us what to see in Parkersburg.  And though we won’t be staying long enough to enjoy it, if you travel this way, you might want to visit Blennerhasset Island. It holds a mansion, rebuilt after a fire. It was a beacon of aristocratic wealth for anyone traveling the river. Blennerhasset got into financial trouble and teamed up with Aaron Burr, and along with Burr was tried for treason. He lost his fortune defending himself and fled back to England. You can see pictures of the mansion from early post cards at this site:

http://electricearl.com/parkersburg/island.html

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  1. You seem to stay at a lot of VFW places. I am wondering what the rules are for doing this. My husband is a veteran of the Viet Nam era, but never left the United States during his tour in the Navy. Is there some place to apply for membership?

    • 2gadabout

      We find it the most economical way to travel is to have VFW and American Legions to stay with. Almost always free, sometimes a small donation for hook-ups. You need to email the National Assc. of VFW Headquarters and ask about rules; you can find them on line. Or call the commander of your local club and ask them. Join in a place where the rules are less restrictive if you have a choice. We find the rules vary from state to state. Today, we are at a club that has “guest memberships.” The guest didn’t have to serve at all. From state to state we find wide open places where everyone is welcome and others where the rules are strict. It would be worth it to look in to it and see if your husband qualifies.

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