Monday, August 31, 2009

Fly Fishing and Fly Tying

I rode my bicycle down to a local lake and caught the bass in the picture with this blog on a fly I tied myself in a class I went to last winter. It is so neat to be able to tie flies, fish with them and catch fish. It isn't a very big bass but it's the first one over a few inches long I've caught with one of my own flies. If you ever get a chance you may want to learn to tie flies.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

St. Albans, West Virginia, Alban Theatre Restored

Not too long ago I went back to my hometown and heard that the old theatre I went to when I was a kid has been restored. I wasn't able to get inside of it on the day I was there but the outside sure looks nice.

Buckeye Lake, Ohio

Trying to catch up here on posts. I recently went to Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus, Ohio, and enjoyed some boating with the family as well as taking an 8 or so mile bicycle ride to a neat little nearby town. Ate at a restaurant the Old Canal, that is on the remains of a canal. You can rent bicycles or canoes out of this place or just eat there. The pictures are of the 3-story yellow concrete house I stayed in and of a marina where there is a restaurant that sometimes has entertainment down the lake from the house. There are lots of interesting things around this area to see but one can only see so much in one day. Didn't even pick up any benchmarks or caches while there.

My Benchmark Contest Standing

I forgot to list on here that I came in 7th or 8th in the benchmark logging contest this spring. Didn't put the ummph in it this time I did the first one when I took third place. There just aren't that many within easy access that I haven't found already. If there is another benchmarking contest I'll have to stake out a new area where there are quite a few new to me that are available.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bike Riding and Benchmark Hunting on West Virginia's Fantastic North Bend Rail Trail

My brother and I took a 2-day trip a few weeks ago on the North Bend Rail Trail which is between Clarksburg and Parkersburg in north central West Virginia. l'm going to list some comments on the rail trail trip and a few more pictures for anyone interested in riding the North Bend Trail. We stayed in the lodge at the North Bend State Park, near the west end of the trail. There are 10 tunnels and about 25 bridges on the trail as well as some interesting little towns along the over 70-mile trail.. There are also two places which make custom marbles and marble like glass. One we went by is Sam's Crystal Creations. The other one is in Davis Marbles in Pennsboro. They have a nice storefront in this friendly little town and an amazing array of marbles, paperweights and various similar pieces of glass and also will make custom marbles.

I've downloaded a few pictures of the trip but have only posted one picture of the 20 benchmarks I photographed and posted on the benchmark database. This one, which you see in the pictures with this post was at the West Entrance of Tunnel 6 on the trail near West Union. The original, put there in 1943, was destroyed and this one, called a Reset, was put in in 1963. You can look up my others listings on there under wvhillbilly59. I may list some comments on the benchmarks in future blog posts on here but all of the postings I made are on the database.