That’s what this weather report looks like to me. It’s summer. You are supposed to sweat a little when you are outside. And look at the cool night temps— perfect for soaking in the hot tub and sleeping with the window open. Or sitting next to the fire. Come be lazy and do stuff you […]
New River Gorge
I have an idea: volunteer vacation in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia! There really is a thing called volunteer vacations/ voluntourism. You can sign up for trips to third-world countries online, and pay big bucks to do so. Lots of people do it every year. Here is the great part: you don’t have to go to […]
Hush, It will all be over soon. Winter, that is. Enjoy it while you can. I love the muffled, soft quality of the woods when there is a fresh spring snow sticking to everything. A “quiet snow” is different— comforting, calming, giving everything all of its cool embrace and letting us all know to be […]
Shutdown Be Damned!
Shutdown be damned! Bridge day is really happening anyway. It’s Official. “We will have Bridge Day even if the government is shut down,” said Sharon Cruikshank of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Yes, it will be a little different, but who will notice? My guess is no one. All the security and traffic control […]
Cleanliness is next to…
Cleanliness is next to Ossumness! Our guests always rank cleanliness at the very top of the scale on the exit surveys— something we are very proud of and work hard to ensure. Actually, now that I add them up, it is easily the highest-rated category. Looks like we need to work on signs, and we […]
Okay, we need your help. Well, WVU needs your help. Well, WVU and New River Gorge CVB. We all need your help. We will bribe you to help us, too. It is easy; it will take a few minutes. It’s just a quick survey. And if you are like me, you will get mad at […]
In a Cabin? In West Virginia? You are doing what? Does it have electricity? People do all kinds of things here at OCR: Start writing books. Finish books (a woman stayed in cabin 3 writing for a month because she was “on a roll”.) Paint. Get married. Get inspired to get married. Get inspired to […]
Disney, but Dirtier: The BSA Summit is Not All Sparkle, But it Shines
Wow! The BSA Summit is very “Disney-esque.” Very well organized; everyone knows what to do when. Amazing design, wonderfully constructed with attention to detail. Yes, they are still studying mud. I heard not one complaint about the mud. But there is lots of it. But the Tree House is perfect. What an amazing piece of […]
Out of my comfort zone?
What is better than a costume party? No, really, it is hard to make a party any better than starting with costumes and dressing up. It’s like Halloween in June. But there are a few things that really made this day in one of America’s “Coolest Small Towns” even better. Start with a town full […]