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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...02-06-04....WVNan's West Virginia
WVNan, Mama_Bear

Posted on 02/06/2004 12:24:03 AM PST by Mama_Bear



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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Please join us as we make a cyber-visit to another great state in this Union of ours. Today, WVNan is presenting her beautiful state of West Virginia. She has provided all the research, text and photos for this presentation. Thank you Nan, for showing us around your Fine state.

Over the past year each "Finest" hostess has profiled her home state and I have been presenting the other states in random order. Please FReepMail me if you would like to participate in spotlighting your state. I would love to have your input on what you would like to see highlighted.

These are the states we have presented to date:

05-23-03 Alabama
06-27-03 Maryland
07-11-03 Vermont
07-25-03 Utah
08-05-03 Texas
08-22-03 Nevada
08-26-03 Wash DC
09-05-03 Tennessee
09-17-03 Florida
09-19-03 Minnesota
10-03-03 New Mexico
10-14-03 Georgia
10-17-03 Louisiana
10-22-03 Michigan
11-04-03 South Dakota
11-14-03 California

01-09-04 South Carolina

As we present each of our 50 states we also salute the proud FReepers who call their state 'home'.


















The Great Seal of West Virginia was adopted by the Legislature on September 26, 1863. The seal bears the legend, State of West Virginia, together with the motto, "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers Are Always Free) A farmer stands to the right and a miner to the left of a large rock bearing the date of admission to the Union, June 20, 1863. In front of the rock are two hunters' rifles with a Phygerian Cap, or "Cap of Liberty", resting at the cross of the rifles.


Click HERE to explore the eight
geographical regions of West Virginia.





The golden domed State Capitol in Charleston, WV.

West Virginia’s history is all about people – the ones who made their mark on the Mountain State, and the caretakers who have preserved their memories. The caretakers of West Virginia’s rich history bring the past to life for visitors through the reenactment of Civil War battles, the dramatization of historic events for theater audiences, the repair and reconstruction of important sites, and the careful retelling of events that have affected the state and the nation. Every region of the state has, in unique ways, captured moments in history, making it possible for visitors to step back in time. Many key sites are connected by easy-to-follow heritage trails that link places and events. You can walk the cobblestone streets of a town that looks as it did during the Civil War, tour a coal mine that was active in the 1890s, ride antique trains that once hauled timber from the hills, or visit the restored homes of world-famous West Virginians. History here is close, it’s personal and it’s accessible to anyone with a thirst for knowledge.

The pioneers of Western Virginia were a proud and rugged people, yet they are also a very religious people.



Baptizing in the river.


When the New England coal barons came to the mountains, many of the mountain men sold their soul to the company for empty promises. The exploitation kept most West Virginian families in poverty.



Along with the coal mining came the rape of the forests.



A typical coal town in 1920.





More than 200,000 acres of this great state have been set aside as state parks, forests and wildlife management areas. These sites offer West Virginians and visitors areas of pristine, scenic beauty, natural wonders, and historical significance as well as recreational enjoyment.

West Virginia State Park Tours





West Virginia is one of the premier states in the Eastern United States that offers all types of wilderness and outdoor adventures. World class whitewater rafting is found on the New River and the Gauley River. The lower New River is called the Grand Canyon of the East.



Seneca Rocks and the New River Gorge offer extreme rock climbing challenges. There are seven ski resorts in West Virginia that offer the finest skiing in the East, as well as Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledding and Snow Tubing. Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding are popular, and who can resist the thrill of Base Jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge on Bridge Day?

Do you long for tamer pursuits? Check out the hundreds of mountain lodges, resorts, golf courses and fishing spots. Pamper yourself at the famous Greenbrier Resort. And, on your way home be sure and stop at the Tamarack near Beckley, WV and feast your eyes and your palate on West Virginia crafts and food, all under one roof.




West Virginia has been depicted as "hillbilly" country, and that is certainly true. We take those criticisms with humor and play into the stereotype when it benefits us. In that vein here are some pictures of the "other" West Virginia.






We hope you have enjoyed your brief trip through our beloved state. There are more adventures awaiting you in West Virginia. So pack up the car and the kids and plan the vacation of a lifetime in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.

Have a nice FRiday and a great weekend!



THIS WEEK'S THREADS

02-02-04...Military Monday

02-03-04...February is Funnest at the Finest

02-04-04...Meet GailA's Freedom's Rocket!

02-05-04...JohnHuang2 - John's Two Cents

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1 posted on 02/06/2004 12:24:04 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; Aquamarine; ..


If you would like to be added to or removed from the Finest ping list, freepmail me.
2 posted on 02/06/2004 12:24:59 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Finest FRiends; All
See you all later. Bedtime here. Good night all.
3 posted on 02/06/2004 12:27:10 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; WVNan
B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

j
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G'morning to y'all :-)

4 posted on 02/06/2004 12:27:48 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: Mama_Bear
G'nite, sleep well
5 posted on 02/06/2004 12:28:10 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: Mama_Bear
do you want a "hostess" for each state?

if you don't mind a "host" instead, I would be proud to do arkansas. though I haven't lived there in 5 years, while serving in the army, it is and always will be home, and it is where I'll retire to a house in the hills someday.

just freepmail me if you want me to do this.
6 posted on 02/06/2004 12:29:28 AM PST by bigghurtt (Can Kerry help the Dims ketchup, or did Monica blow it?)
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To: JohnHuang2
((((((((John)))))))) Thank you so much.

WVNan did a wonderful job researching and compiling photos for her state. She made my job so easy....I had the fun part, putting it together. ;-)

7 posted on 02/06/2004 12:32:03 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: bigghurtt
if you don't mind a "host" instead, I would be proud to do arkansas.

Wonderful!!! I will be freepmailing you soon. Thank you so much.

8 posted on 02/06/2004 12:34:00 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
not a problem.

it will be an honor.

just let me know specifically what you need and whatnot.
9 posted on 02/06/2004 12:36:31 AM PST by bigghurtt (Can Kerry help the Dims ketchup, or did Monica blow it?)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; The Mayor; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin; ...
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Friday !


Have a cup while you Freep !


10 posted on 02/06/2004 1:55:22 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama.


11 posted on 02/06/2004 2:01:15 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; The Mayor; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin; ...
Happy 93rd Birthday Ronald Reagan !

12 posted on 02/06/2004 2:55:59 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good Morning FRiends



13 posted on 02/06/2004 3:35:42 AM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. —Colossians 3:2


THINKING IT OVER
What 'hazards' sometimes divert 
your attention from Jesus? 
What positive, God-honoring actions 
can you concentrate on doing instead?

Those who fix their eyes on heaven will not be distracted by the things of earth.

14 posted on 02/06/2004 4:32:35 AM PST by The Mayor (Be steadfast, immovable, . . . knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..

February 6, 2004

Focus

Read: Colossians 3:1-11

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. —Colossians 3:2

Bible In One Year: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 23:23-39


Missionary pilot Bernie May writes, "One of the most difficult lessons to teach new pilots about landing on short, hazardous airstrips is to keep their eyes on the good part of the strip rather than on the hazard. The natural tendency is to concentrate on the obstacle, the danger, the thing he is trying to avoid. But experience teaches us that a pilot who keeps his eye on the hazard will sooner or later hit it dead center."

This makes me think of a spiritual principle in the Bible. Instead of concentrating on the sins we want to avoid, we are told to focus on the positive actions Christ desires for us. Paul told the Christians at Colosse: "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). We are to discard old ways of thinking and acting (vv.5-9) and "put on" new ways of living (vv.10-17).

Bernie May sums it up by saying that experienced pilots focus their attention solidly on the track they want the plane to follow, keeping the hazards in their peripheral vision only.

When Christ and His interests are the focus of our lives, the lure of the old life remains in the corner of our eye, while we aim to land squarely in the center of God's will. —David McCasland

THINKING IT OVER
What "hazards" sometimes divert
your attention from Jesus?
What positive, God-honoring actions
can you concentrate on doing instead?

Those who fix their eyes on heaven will not be distracted by the things of earth.

15 posted on 02/06/2004 4:33:05 AM PST by The Mayor (Be steadfast, immovable, . . . knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.)
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To: The Mayor
G'morning to ya, Mayor :-)
16 posted on 02/06/2004 4:44:53 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: GailA; MeekOneGOP; Aeronaut; bigghurtt; Mama_Bear
And G'morning to y'all, too :-)
17 posted on 02/06/2004 4:46:21 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Good Morning John..
18 posted on 02/06/2004 4:52:18 AM PST by The Mayor (Be steadfast, immovable, . . . knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Hiya John.
19 posted on 02/06/2004 5:05:55 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama and all.
20 posted on 02/06/2004 5:42:41 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Mama_Bear; WVNan
Ah, Nan, that's wonderful! I went on one of those West Virginia state park tours you linked on (Hawk's nest) and it was delightful!!

What state park is prettiest in winter time, do you think? I might want to take a trip some long weekend here.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING
21 posted on 02/06/2004 6:14:24 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Mama_Bear; WVNan

22 posted on 02/06/2004 6:14:51 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Mama_Bear
Beautiful Lori! I'm sure glad I didn't sit up waiting last night. You found that beautiful picture! Now everyone will know why the Native Americans called WV "Land of the Mists". You can almost feel the quiet peace and dreamlike land. Thankk you for a most beautiful tribute to my beloved adopted state of West Virginia.
23 posted on 02/06/2004 6:52:52 AM PST by WVNan
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To: JohnHuang2
Good grief John, you stayed up that late!!!!??? How do you do that? I thought I was bad.
24 posted on 02/06/2004 6:54:09 AM PST by WVNan
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To: MeekOneGOP
Good morning Meeky. Welcome to WV.
25 posted on 02/06/2004 6:55:33 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning flyboy! Keep the wind under your wings.


26 posted on 02/06/2004 6:57:47 AM PST by WVNan
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To: GailA
Gail, Gail, Gail....those are NOT approved for the Atkins Diet. Thanks for providing for the carboholics though.
27 posted on 02/06/2004 6:59:01 AM PST by WVNan
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To: The Mayor
Top o'tha mornin' to ye Rus. Thank you for providing the java. Can't get the day started without it.
28 posted on 02/06/2004 7:00:03 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
Keep the wind under your wings.

There's an old saying: "Clean side up, noisy end forward." (There's always an old saying, isn't there).

29 posted on 02/06/2004 7:00:03 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Temple Owl
Good morning O Wise One. Welcome to the land I love.
30 posted on 02/06/2004 7:02:46 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
Good morning Meeky. Welcome to WV.

Mornin' ! And thanks ! - my first visit !

Purty ...


31 posted on 02/06/2004 7:05:33 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: FreeTheHostages
Hi Freezy! Just pick one. They are all beautiful. It depends on what you want to do. Canaan Valley is breathtaking. If you want to ski then Snowshoe. Just tour all those virtual parks. There is so much to see and do. In some places you will step back in time. You could come over every week-end for a year and not even get started. If you need a tour guide and have time to go a bit further west you can stay with me in my guest suite. I live at the point at the top of the Metro Area.
32 posted on 02/06/2004 7:07:08 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Aeronaut
LOL. Yes and I love those old sayings because they encaptulate so much folk wisdom that would otherwise be lost.
33 posted on 02/06/2004 7:09:22 AM PST by WVNan
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To: MeekOneGOP
The first comment by Texans who visit WV. "Lordy, I ain't never seen so many trees in one place!"
34 posted on 02/06/2004 7:10:30 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
Would you believe they are actually candles? No kidding, they are. They were simply the most delicious looking cinnamon rolls I found when looking for a photo of them.

I had some grapes and a handful of mixed nuts this morning.

35 posted on 02/06/2004 7:14:20 AM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: WVNan
Oh yes! It is a beautiful state.
36 posted on 02/06/2004 7:20:08 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: MeekOneGOP
A trivia question Meeky. Which is the largest state in the U.S.? West Virginia. If you flatten out the hills it is larger than Texas and Alaska combined.
37 posted on 02/06/2004 7:20:21 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Mama_Bear; WVNan
Well done, Mama_Bear and WVNan!
38 posted on 02/06/2004 7:21:21 AM PST by dixie sass (Signed - Sealed - CPAC'd and Delivered)
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To: GailA
Candles!? Wow, those I could eat. Fat is on my diet. LOL
39 posted on 02/06/2004 7:21:21 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Temple Owl
Have you ever visited here T.O.?
40 posted on 02/06/2004 7:22:10 AM PST by WVNan
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To: dixie sass
Well, there you are Cuz. Bright and early after being up most of the night. I hope you have set aside time for a nap today, and pray that you are feeling fit this morning.
41 posted on 02/06/2004 7:23:35 AM PST by WVNan
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To: GailA
I would love a cup of coffee and those rolls look delish!!! Thank you Gail!
42 posted on 02/06/2004 7:24:47 AM PST by dixie sass (Signed - Sealed - CPAC'd and Delivered)
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To: LadyX
Sistah, I hope you can hang out with me today. Get up girl! Mama told you not to lollygag in the nawning.
43 posted on 02/06/2004 7:25:28 AM PST by WVNan
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To: Mama_Bear; WVNan
What an incredibly beautiful presentation inspired by a lovely lady who truly is one of FR's finest! Nan, this makes me want to hop in the car and head for your gorgeous state.
44 posted on 02/06/2004 7:26:08 AM PST by kayak (Have you prayed for our President and our troops today?)
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To: WVNan
LOL ! Those west Texans have obviously never been to the piney woods of east Texas where my Dad lives ...

45 posted on 02/06/2004 7:26:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: WVNan
Wonderful piece!

Good Morning from ICY Lewisburg!
46 posted on 02/06/2004 7:28:36 AM PST by N8VTXNinWV ( a native Texan who loves WV)
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To: kayak
Bring your bike and your kayack. You would love it.

This 75-mile trail gives you a true taste of "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!" It parallels the Greenbrier River from North Caldwell to Cass. The surface is original ballast and some hard-packed gravel. This is a flood-prone area, so you may find rough places even though the Greenbrier River Trail Association makes every effort to keep the surface in good riding condition.

47 posted on 02/06/2004 7:32:33 AM PST by WVNan
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To: N8VTXNinWV
Hi N8! Is it icy there? We're still getting rain. I think it's usually warmer over here at the Point. Hey, if you think of things that I missed (and I know there are tons of them) please post them. This is our chance to introduce WV to people who still think it's Virginia.
48 posted on 02/06/2004 7:34:54 AM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan
haha !


49 posted on 02/06/2004 7:35:43 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: WVNan
I've been to Snowshoe and the scenery on the way was breathtaking. It was snowing when we left and it was obvious why you folks consider it to be God's country.
50 posted on 02/06/2004 7:39:17 AM PST by kayak (Have you prayed for our President and our troops today?)
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