Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Retreat to the Hills of WV: Columbus Day Weekend
Doug's Porsche does what a Porsche is supposed to do!
Every Columbus Day Weekend for quite a few years now, a group of likeminded Demons for Punishment has gathered in West Virginia's Canaan Valley to relish friendship, nature and the last dregs of Good Riding Weather for the year. This year was the first time that Drew and I have been responsible for the accomodations. Drew discovered, and decided upon, the intriguingly-named "Bearly Irresistible"--a five-bedroom mansion in the woods. As the following photos evidence, a good time was had by all:
It was connected to civilization only by a very long and very steep driveway--guys, you've gotta admit, it was private!
When we weren't appreciating the luxurious accomodations.......
...or enjoying each other's company....
...we prowled the countryside--
--and visited our dear old friends, the Wind Turbines!
When the passenger/photgrapher gets bored.....
We rode to Elkins for the annual Forest Festival! On display were local politicians, beauty queens, majorettes, and displays of military prowess!
Chris and Cathy Wenk soak up local atmosphere at Cues and Brews, while Drew and Mike search for direction.
Look closely and you will see the wild turkeys--no, really!!!
Drew poses as Master of the Mansion in front of the ego-inflating stone hearth!
Our requisite self-portrait!
Timberline is a wildlife preserve; the deer are extremely tame and have entitlement issues--they showed up at the back deck every evening for leftover crudites, Doritos and biscuits.
Fire in the stone fireplace on our last evening...
Driving home--West Virginia delivers fall color on schedule!
The last stop of the voyage was Pack's Frozen Custard Stand.