Sunday, October 1, 2017

Best Laid Plans

As the poet Robert Burns once wrote, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." So it went with this summer's travel plans. To a degree.

This past spring, the Mrs. began a new job. Her busy season runs from mid-May until early August which meant we had to cancel a cruise that we'd been saving and planning for all winter. Luckily we got the bulk of our deposit back and were able to squeeze in a camping vacation, in late August, along the Williams River where we spent our honeymoon three years ago.

The Willams River runs through the Monongahela National Forrest and offers rustic campsites situated along the river. Each campsite features a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. There is no running water other than the river and there are vault toilets located various locations along Williams River Road. Last June, devastating floods ravaged the area causing major damage to the roadway and campsites.  The forest service has been working diligently this past year to restore the campsites and roads, which were fully open when we visited.

It was a beautiful week. We only had one day of rain so we were able to spend the week relaxing, reading, fishing, visiting the scenic highway, and perfecting our dutch-oven cooking skills. We had a wonderful time.

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