Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Our View From Iowa

We decided this year to drive from Iowa to West Virginia in mid-December to have an early Christmas with our daughter and her family. They drove from the Washington DC area to meet us in Blackwater Falls State Park. We stopped in Indiana on our way to revisit and hike a state park we enjoyed when we first met in 1980. You can see that story here. After our WV visit, we stopped at a state park in Ohio to hike again. We planned to see that park several years ago. A death in the family prevented that visit. You can see the Ohio hike here.

Winter hiking is new to us. So far, it has been a lot of fun. We are cautious. We don’t hike in deep snow yet. Extreme cold (below about 15°) is not appealing to us. Our hiking poles, waterproof boots, and

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