First stop. Sleep time. Yay

Trip Start Jul 01, 2012
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Trip End Aug 24, 2012


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Huntington KOA

Flag of United States  , West Virginia
Monday, July 2, 2012

Our first stop was in West Virgina. The only state fully in the Appalachian mountain range. This mountain range is the oldest in the world. And even though the ridges have been clear cut logged many times over the years they currently had a strong tree cover in the area we drove through. This tree cover protects the steep hills from water erosion and protects the wild life that thrives in and relies on the shaded mountains streams.

The Appalachian forest is the second most diverse deciduous forest in the World, only second in species diversity to the deciduous forest in China found at approximately the same Latitude.  A deciduous forest has strong seasonal variation because of the loss of leaves in the winter time.

Our ride into the mountains was full of power outages and thunderstorms. The storm that Amethyst Lane seemed safe from had left much of West Virgina without power. 

As we drove the thunderstorms could be seen reflecting off the side of the mountains around us and wind whipped across the road. It was quite a ride through the dark mountain roads. When we finally arrived at our first stop, it was a relief to find it not raining.

Strangely the camp ground was full. In the morning we learned that many of the near by residence came to camp out because there power was out. We manage to find a spot only because someone reserved a spot and didn't show up. Blessings.
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