October 8, 2009 – Julia’s Coffee – Charlotte, NC

We’re back in Charlotte now. We were away from home five nights and slept in Goodlettsville, TN; Waukegan, IL and Cambridge, OH. It started out to be a trip back to Tennessee with our daughter to attend her high school class reunion. Since we had lived in middle Tennessee for fourteen years we decided to accompany her back and reconnect with friends. The segway to Waukegan came about because we were invited to a 90th birthday celebration for my wife’s aunt.

West 001We decided to return to Charlotte via Ohio and West Virginia hoping to see some fall color along the way. I was really impressed with what I saw of southern Ohio and West Virginia. Contrary to what the popular sterotypes would have you believe, West Virginia is not all Hatfields, McCoys and scenes from Deliverance.

Interstate 77 from Williamstown to Bluefield is now complete.  Although one is in the mountains the grades are gradual and the sweeping curves offer magnificiant vistas.  There were a lot of trucks but for the most part  they stayed in the right lane and kept thier spacing.  We never felt intimidated by them as happens in many other places.

We stopped at the Fenton Glass Works in Williamstown and then again at Tamarack in Beckley.  If you can make only one stop along the way, Tamarack  is the place. http://www.tamarackwv.com/ 

West 005Tamarack is the artisian center for West Virginia.  It is overwhelming collection of local crafts.  Glass, wood, textiles, sculpture, etc. 
chefsdanandjohnThere is a food court there featuring daily specials created by chefs trained at Greenbrier.  That’s where we had lunch.  The food was delicious and was definitely worth the trip.

We arrived back home around p.m. completing an 1800 mile round trip.

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  1. Well, I did say that blogs were boring, but these travel pieces are not boring. I found myself reading with interest for any sights that I would like to visit. Russ, as a former computer analyst and web designer, I am very impressed with your blog.

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