Thursday, June 12, 2008

So off we went on our epic journey west. First stop, my beloved Wheeling, West Virginia.

After a delicious dinner at the River City Ale Works (formerly the Nail City Brewery), we took a walk along the river walk. Here's Gus examining the mighty Ohio River and Wheeling Island off in the distance:

We found some awesome and eerily-apt graffiti:

Here's Gus strolling purposely along the river (I love this picture):

We stayed at The Wheeling Inn, right in bustling (ha ha) downtown Wheeling. I last stayed here 13 years ago, and I don't think it's been painted since. It was a little down-at-the-heels. The best thing about the Wheeling Inn is its proximity to the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge. (Now go and read about the Bridge and then come back please.)

The Inn has walkways all the way around the outside, and I could not take enough pictures of that damn bridge. I will spare you the thousands that I took; here are two of my favorites - the first taken at night and the second taken first thing the next morning when the river was enveloped in fog.

Pretty night-time shot:
Same spot the next morning:

This is the Interstate-70 bridge which handles most of the traffic in the area, also enveloped in fog:

I think this was the highlight for my two Homer-Simpson-loving men. They made me take a picture of it.

This is for sister Laura. She knows why:

On the way back we took a short detour to Altoona to see Horseshoe Curve. (Please go and read about Horseshoe Curve and then come back please. Today's blog theme is noted engineering achievements.) Matthew and I had been before, but it was Gus's first time to see this mighty engineering feat. Here's the first train coming through (ten engines!):


That's our trip in a nutshell. I might subject you to more Wheeling bridge pictures later. 

Top Chef note: Stephanie won. Phew.

3 Comments:

Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Licking!!!!! Looks like it was a great trip for all!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

Sounds like a fine expedition for all, especially the lasy with the camera. I think all your devoted fans should get a shot of the Momogus Knits display at the convention.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

Whoops! I meant "lady" or maybe "lassy."

11:45 AM  

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