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| p.1 #1 · Elakala Falls in winter |
I had a chance to drive through Ohio and West Virginia last week and stopped at some places I hadn't been to in winter. This is Elakala Falls, in Blackwater Falls State Park. This is one of my favorite places to stop when I get the chance. It isn't nearly as nice as in warmer months when there is more color, but I thought the surrounding ice added a bit of interest.
The WV highlands have had at least some snow every day in March, with a couple of big dumps, and there was at least 2 feet of snow on the ground at the higher elevations when I was there on March 29. (This was originally going to be my early spring trip. Ha!) While a trail leads past the top of the falls, getting down to stream level requires a mild scramble. Based on the lack of disturbed snow, no one had been down there for some time, and it was a challenge to break the route without having any idea what was under all that snow. Fortunately the snow cushions when you slip and fall!
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