West Virginia Mountain Dreams

New River Gorge National River

I found this video on YouTube…


The New River Gorge National River is a unit of the United States National Park Service designed to protect and maintain the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. Established in 1978, the NPS-protected area stretches for 53 miles from just downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. Recorded on June 4, 2003. The video begins on a cloudy morning at the Grandview scenic overlook. Next I pass over Sandstone Mountain on I-64 and that is followed by Standstone Falls. There is a brief stop at Bluestone Dam and Lake before proceeding to Pipestem Resort State Park. At Pipestem I ride the tramway down the mountain to the edge of the New River. Next, the New River Gorge Bridge, which carries US Highway 19 over the New River at a height of 876 feet, making it the highest vehicular bridge in the Americas, and the second-highest in the world. The video concludes at Hawk’s Nest State Park where I ride the tram down to the River and board a jet boat for a turbulent ride down the New River to the New River Gorge Bridge. From:

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The Last Mountain – The Movie

The Last Mountain is scarier than any Saw, Alien or Friday the 13th film ever made. It’s a documentary about mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia, starring a group of locals whose environment is slowly turning into toxic sludge and an energy company whose methods are so predatory, they make Wall Street bankers look like acolytes of Mother Teresa.

“If someone tried to blow up a mountain in Utah or Colorado, they’d be put in jail. Why is that allowed in West Virginia?” asks environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who figures prominently in the film. “It’s because the public does not know it’s happening,” he continues. “Investigative journalism has disappeared in this country. Americans are the best entertained and least informed people on the planet. If the people really knew, they wouldn’t tolerate it.”

via The Last Mountain: A Scary Movie About … Coal – Miller-McCune.

And from what I heard on the radio yesterday…Massey Energy is going away…By being absorbed into it’s one time rival. The name changes, but the game goes on… As do the executives at Massey who will now have a different logo on their paychecks each week.

West Virginia Mountain Dreams

The Shenandoah Valley & Mountains of the Virginias, An Explorer’s Guide: Includes Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains & West Virginia’s Alleghenies & New River Region

I found this on Amazon…Check it out.

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