Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun Day in Beaver PA


On August 26, one of my husband's  co-worker invited us to their  home for a party.  They live  way out in Beaver PA.  We have never been  to this part of Pennsylvania so it was fun seeing a new place.  He lives in a big  piece of land so he has farm animals like goats, chicken,  and rabbits.  
We passed by this Beaver Valley First Energy Power Corp and I am always amazed of how big these things are.  Two weeks after our visit, my husband's buddy told him that few  workers at this site died due to an accident, it's so sad.  I believe Beaver Valley Nuclear is also near this vicinity.
The shipping port bridge is beautiful.  It reminds me of South Korea when we were crossing it.   We weren't going to go because most of the people  going to the party are all young and it was supposed to be just a "beer-kind of  party" but the kids wanted to see the   farm animals so we went.
We seldom see goats especially that we live in the city.  The only time we see   some is when we go to commercial farms or in the zoo so it was a treat for my kids to  interact with these Pygmy goats.
It's awesome that they were not  afraid to  interact with the kids.
They have silkies chicken which was a unique kind of chicken that I have ever seen.  I grew up in a farm but we've never had silkies, we only had the regular ones.
They also have so many regular chicken which my children was very fond of  feeding  grass.
My husband would sometime  comes home from work with trays of fresh eggs.  His buddy couldn't consume it all so he would always bring it at work and give it away.  
 I was glad that even though, most of the guests were young and they were doing the BBQ and  drinking, there were stuff to do for us and the kids.  They  set up a badminton  set and also have football.  It kept us busy plus the animals were  really a pure entertainment especially for the kids.
My son admires the farm "toys" that the homeowner have in his  property.  When we were looking for a house to buy, we contemplated on getting a farm house and we did  looked at some but the locations are way far out that we thought it would be hard for the kids to  go to school and have some friends so we stayed close to the city.
Living in the farm is  a pure pleasure for me personally but it's not for everybody.  My husband  have considered it but he have never lived in a farm so I thought it would be a big adjustment for him and the kids.  I had fond memories of  a farm life.  Raising  pigs, chicken, and carabao and working in a rice field was  sure a hard work but fun.
Anyway, we had a great time.  I will post the games we played while were there next time.  It was dark when we came home.  We felt so bad  that the homeowner  got  hurt  during the game that he had to go to the hospital but we thanked him for having us over.  We had a blast.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Labor Day at Tomlinson Run State Park

Our Labor day was mellow but we had so much  fun trekking.  We took our  kiddos  at Tomlinson Run State Park and they were excited because  it's been a while since we visited there.  Unexpected trips like this always makes  our kids say "You're the best parents ever!"
There is nothing much  to do  out there but simple things like  skipping rocks or  watching wild animals is a real treat for them.  You can however rent  a boat and  paddle  on the lake but  they are closed on the weekends and  holidays so we don't really have an option.  At this time of the year, most of the fish that  the park put in are all gone  so catching fish is not an option either besides we don't  have a license to fish.
They  brought their slippers  because they wanted to dip their feet in the  lake and  catch some crayfish.  They  always wants to do this every time we go there.  They catch  them and then release  them again before we leave.
I am so glad that there's not enough  geese poo in there.  There are times where you can't even walk around because the geese  just trash it with their waste but not this year.
We love to sit in the bench and  watch the  birds fly by.  It's a perfect family bonding.  We get to talk about everything the kids school, their friends, and just about anything that we can think of.

My camera's battery got drained but we took some photos with my cellphone.   The kids were so happy to see a group of turkey crossed the park.  I am still trying to convince my minion for us to  hike or do a long  trek in the park.  My son is on board but my daughter got traumatized when we  walked there one time and she was eaten by mosquito.  Even with  bug spray, she's still  get mosquito bites and it's not a good thing because she is allergic to mosquito bite.  
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Monday, July 31, 2017

I-79 Technology Park in WV

When we were still living overseas, we often  get the question of where we  are from Virginia.  We  would always  tell them that we  are from West Virginia and not from Virginia.  Apparently, some people think that Virginia and  West Virginia is just one state.  For those who are still confused, here's a map.  Virginia is a lot larger than our small state.
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Anyway, I want to share this place  that we saw during our  recent  road trip to New River Gorge.  
The place is called I-79 Technology Park. It is located within the heart of the I-79 High Technology Corridor just south of Fairmont, West Virginia. The location of the I-79 Technology Park places is within one day’s drive of 60% of the U.S. population and some of the Nation’s largest cities including New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
The I-79 Technology Park is a home to over 30 businesses which includes FirstEnergy Corp., Lockheed Martin, Time Warner Cable, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just to name a few. It would be neat to tour this huge facility.
My children were amazed of the humongous technology infrastructure that you can see from the road. It must be nice to really see what it's like inside the facility.
 I didn't   know   about this  until we did our  road trip.  Traveling is really a pleasure and  at the same time educational.
 The visitor and Tourism Centers in West Virginia all looks like this one.
 If you ever want to  enjoy  some nature adventure, come visit the Mountain State.  West Virginia has a lot of beautiful parks  that would sure satisfy your  experience.
We still have a lot of exploring to do in our own state.  I told my husband that I would like to visit every parks we have here.  I know that  when we talk about vacation, our tendency is to visit  places  from other  state but for me,  exploring our own is also fun.  I'll  show some more places we drove through  during our fun road trip.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

New River Gorge, West Virginia

My husband was born and raised here in West Virginia but he went away when he joined  the military.  He spent most of his 20 years of service  overseas so he never really got the chance to see much of his home state.  When we came back here in the US and settled down for good after he retired from the Navy, I wanted to explore the  beautiful mountain state. 

 The New River Gorge is one of the many attractions here in WV but we have never been there because it is a 4 hour drive from our city.  In fact my husband  have never seen it  even though he was  born here.  But as a treat to our daughter's  12th birthday, we finally went and see it last Sunday.  I can tell my husband was dreading the  long hours of drive but he was glad we did it when he saw how beautiful it was down state.  It was worth it.
To be able to see the New River Gorge Bridge, we went to Hawks Nest State Park.  They offer jet boats ride  tour in the river.   We rode  a tram going down and there was a one hour wait  before the next  jet boat ride  so we had the chance to  explore the place.  Nature has always been my favorite spot of relaxation so it was a treat for me.  There was so many butterflies  in that place.  
I love  the set up of the state park.  If you want the jet boat tour, you have to  ride the tram also so it was kind of a package.  However, you can go down and see the  river without riding the tram, you can  walk down the Lovers Leap trail which I wanted to do but we had limited time so we didn't get to do that.
Hawks Nest State Park is located in Ansted West Virginia.  We drove 320 miles from our place and back.
We had a great time riding the  jet boat as the captain was very funny.  He was an older witty man who told us a lot of jokes
The captain took us upstream  to see the famous New River Gorge bridge.  The ride is 6 miles long and it takes approximately 25-30 minutes.  
It was a very relaxing  tour, my husband was all smiles.  We all enjoyed the  ride especially  with a captain that made the  ride very entertaining.
According to the captain of the boat, the New River Gorge bridge was completed  in 1977.  It is the longest  single span steel arch  bridge in the Western Hemisphere.   Spanning the  picturesque New River at 876 feet high.  The bridge is a spectacular site  and has become a nationally recognized  icon for Southern West Virginia.  
 Locals   just calls it "The Bridge" according to the captain.  We couldn't advanced the boat due to the  rough water flowing through.  This is the place where  they do  white water rafting.  We passed by  a lot of folks that does that.  I want to do white water rafting, maybe when the kids are old enough to do that, we will come back there and do it.
So after a 30 minute minute of relaxing tour, it's time to head up and ride the tram again.
Folks downstate are so friendly.   They make  every visitor feel so welcome.  The old lady that was  receiving the tickets  before the jet boat ride was originally from England.  My husband talked to her and we  just love hearing her talk because of her English accent.
If you want to connect with nature and have an invigorating  experience of natural beauty, West Virginia has it.  Take a deep breath and head downstate, you'll find national and state parks  that offers some of the most breath taking  natural settings in the world.  
Southern West Virginia is blessed  with ten spectacular state parks that offers breath taking scenery.  There's a lot of historical sites, fabulous golf, hunting and fishing, resort style lodges, and  wonderful camping sites.
My husband  wants to return there  where we can  stay for a couple of days and  fully explore the  place.  I told him we can  go back  and celebrate our wedding anniversary there, that would be romantic.  There's nothing  like bonding with nature.  At least for me because I love  outdoors.  There's more  pics to come in the  next  post or two so tune in.
Here's some clips of the tour.

Fun Day in Beaver PA

On August 26, one of my husband's  co-worker invited us to their  home for a party.  They live  way out in Beaver PA.  We have nev...

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