My family and I just have just returned from an extra long weekend at Babcock State Park in West Virginia. The park is beautiful and home to the often photographed Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Trying to get an original image of the mill is nigh impossible at this point, but I took a few that I like, and for me, that is all that matters.
Other places we ventured too included Hawk’s Nest State Park, the New River Gorge Bridge, Cathedral Falls near Gauley Bridge and Plum Orchard Lake. West Virginia is a fantastic state for sight seeing and exploring. It seemed like everywhere we went, the landscaped was so impressive. I easily could have spent so much more time hiking around, but alas, I have to get back to my real job.
This evening turned out to be surprisingly uneventful for me so I took advantage of it and tossed a kayak on the roof of my truck, packed a drybag of camera gear and headed out to a local lake for a quick paddle.
The quick trip around the lake was such a relaxing and calming time. There were some fishermen out on various small boats, but the lake was very quiet. Most of the noise was simply the water lapping at the bow and the wind whistling over the water. The cloudy skies hampered any chance of a nice sunset shot, but it all worked out in the end.
It has been a busy few weeks for my family and I and I’ve been needing some down time in nature. The weather was about perfect, so after work I packed up a camera bag and my mountain bike and off I went to Cooper’s Rock State Park in West Virginia. Once I arrived I started off with some light mountain biking since the light was much to harsh. I rode some miles and then put the bike away so I could just trek around. Once the sun started to go down, the light changed and everything looked so much better.
The evening was fantastic and just what I needed to clear my head. The biking was fun, using my new Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13 bag was fantastic and the sunset over the gorge was splendid.