Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Almost Heaven ---West Virginia--Part II


If you missed Part I of this post, click
HERE. Yesterday I showed you 5 of the nine waterfalls we saw on our recent trip to West Virginia. Today, I'll share with you the other four. Above is LOWER PIPESTEM FALLS, located near the community of Pipestem. Below are more.




This is called BROOKS FALLS, located in the New River Gorge National River area.... Yes, it looks more like a cascade than a waterfall, but it's just one of those 'different' waterfalls which you need to see to appreciate. Huge rocks protrude all the way across the wide river --making large whitecaps as the water rushes through... This reminded me a little of the wild and crazy river near Niagara Falls. The sound of that water was awesome. Can you imagine the white-water rafting which happens here???? Wow!




I have to show you SANDSTONE FALLS in two photos --since the river is VERY wide (1500 feet) and we cannot get it all in the same picture. This waterfall is just down the river from Brooks Falls ---but is much larger and looks more like a waterfall. This is one side of Sandstone Falls.





After we walked on a long boardwalk about 1/4th of a mile, we finally came to the 'other' side of SANDSTONE FALLS. Can you imagine finding this beauty here in West Virginia??? Like Brooks Falls, Sandstone is one you just HAVE to see!! I read somewhere that when there is maximum water, there can be 246,000 cubic feet per SECOND of water volume recorded... We have LOTS more pictures of this waterfall to share --including one taken from the other side at the overlook above. That will be another post!!!




This beauty is named the FALLS of DISMAL---and this one can be found near Bland, Virginia. We saw this waterfall on our way home on Saturday.

I am trying to catch up on some of your blogs. However, a wicked stomach virus has decided to park itself inside of me... Yuk!!!!! I'll keep on plugging along --little by little.

Hugs,

42 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

We were in Hinton in 2008. I think it was. Love it. Mother was born in Summers County. New Rover Gorge sounds familiar -- I can't remember if we were there or not. But think so.

Down home country. Hinton has a Ballengee Street. My mom's maiden name.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wow, I've never seen a falls so wide!
I can only imagine the sound of that rushing water, it must be deafening.
Ooh to be young again, and ride those rapids :)
Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing with us...

Beth said...

I'm sorry about the nasty stomach bug, Betsy. Hope you feel better real soon.

Seeing these shots makes me want to go to West Virginia. Sandstone Falls is just amazing. No wonder they call West Virginia wild and wonderful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Betsy,the water falls are so gorgeous.I always wish for sound to go with the pictures.Guess I need to be there in person for that.I hope you feel better soon,these bugs are no fun.
Blessings,Ruth

Pam said...

When I plan my next vacation, you are going to be my travel agent.

Ocean Girl said...

Hope you will feel better Betsy. And thank you for sharing these beautiful sceneries with us even when you are having a bug flu. It must be not easy.

The falls are so beautiful, intriguing to watch and I can only imagine how nice it was for you to hear them.

Harriet said...

Hope you feel better soon. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing them with us!

Busy Bee Suz said...

What gorgeous scenery...love it all.

I hope you feel better soon!!
xoxox
Suz

Daisy said...

I loved all your falls photos, Betsy. I also love that song, "Country Roads Take Me Home."

I'm sorry to hear you are fighting a stomach virus. I hope you get to feeling better very soon.

Susie said...

Hope you get rid of that virus before your next trip Betsy.

I loved the pictures of Sandstone falls. Looks like my kind of place to visit.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: What wonderful captures of all the new falls, it was almost heaven to visit the mountains.

The Incredible Woody said...

Feel better soon!!

Arkansas Patti said...

Love the width of Sandstone Falls. I am so sorry you are harboring bugs and they are making you miserable. Please be well soon.

Diana said...

Betsy, take a little time to heal thyself! ;) We'll still be here.

Deb said...

I love that first photo of Sandstone Falls...what a wonderful collection of waterfalls you have!

Glenda said...

Sandstone Falls . . . what a view! I'd love to visit there!

Take care of yourself, and don't stress about commenting on our blogs! Get well soon!

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Snap said...

Beautiful shots ... still waiting for the guidebook! Feel better soon!

Kay said...

I never tire of your photographs. I just wish I could see some of these sights in person.

Sandra said...

those falls look a lot like the ones in the cumberland river in KY/TN all are beautiful

KleinsteMotte said...

I envy what you can do. I'm glad for you. I had a red hawk come to backyard feeder in early February. It took me days to identify because this is a rare find in our area. I have visited Tennessee. It is beautiful.

Together We Save said...

Oh I hope you are felling a little better... these falls are so pretty. They are so nice and wide. They would make for some great shots of kids playing in the summer.

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful. Hope you are feeling better.

Ginny said...

Great pictures! Brooks falls sure is strange, can't figure out why it's s fall. TheFall Of Dismal is a very intreguing name, I mayhave to Google that! I'm sorry you are sick. We have both been sick since Saturday. Were not able to watch Ella on Monday and I am still trying to get to the grocery store. I hope George is well.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
I sure hope you're feeling better. Sorry to hear about that stomach virus.

Wow! I sure love those fantastic photos of the waterfalls in WVA. What beautiful country. I've heard WVA sure is a pretty state. I sure enjoyed the photo journey with you to this pretty state.

Dar said...

Thanks for taking me along on another waterfall tour...wowza! you sure have some wonderful photos and the Mt. scenery around you is beautiful. To answer a couple of your questions Betsy, first my sister Colleen ended up in TX over 35 yrs. ago following her heart. And, what to do with the hollow logs?--they will be cut down to workable sizes and used some in crafts, some for fencing, maybe, anything dry that breaks will be burned or scrapped. I liked the Fishing Guys suggestion of a bowl. I often use them for planters and cane racks on my decks. I will keep you posted.
Thanks for checking in. I love your visits.

Diane AZ said...

Amazing how wide Sandstone Falls is. Falls of Dismal is pretty, looks like stair steps. Thank you for sharing some falls from West Virginia, Betsy. :)

Cheryl said...

First, a big GET WELL SOON to you Betsy! And second, thanks so much for commenting on my blog, I know you are very busy and I was delighted to have you stop by. I love the falls you have shown us today. I hope when we go on a mini-vacation in "inland Maine" we can find some falls!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I hope you feel better, Betsy! I saw some white water rafters on the New River, but from the Canyon visitor center. I want to get down to the river so bad .. one day I will.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Almost heaven, indeed! Love the Sandstone Falls -- glorious!

Chris said...

Oh dear Betsy, I'm sorry to hear that you have a bug, and hope you recover quickly. I love your shots. What a wonderful place to visit.

Bird Girl said...

Hey you guys were very close to the bird festival at New River Gorge! You should have gone to that place to eat in Fayetteville, WV - that gal makes the best home-made carrot cake I EVER tasted!!!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Betsy, hoping you're feeling better...just seeing these photos should help...they're glorious!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

MOre beauty! I've never been to W VA but now I'd love to go to see some of these wonderful waterfalls. The sounds they made must have been so delightful!

Love your new blog header and colors, Betsy!

Feel better soon!

♥ Pat

wildlifewatcher said...

Your waterfall photographs are marvelous! I just know how much you enjoy your adventures finding nice parks, wildlife, and that amazing scenery. Thanks for sharing!

carolina nana said...

HI BETSY, HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. I THINK I ALSO MAY BE COMING DOWN WITH SOMETHING,I'M SO TIRED TONIGHT. THAT RIVER WITH THOSE FALLS IS HUGE! YOU TAKE GREAT PICS,I CAN ALMOST HEAR THAT WATER CRASHING OVER THOSE ROCKS.
HAVE A BLESSED TOMORROW. MARILYN

Kirigalpoththa said...

3rd, 4th and 5th pictures are amazing. I wish I'm there :)

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful banner!!!!

Jackie said...

Whew, it seems like I haven't stalked your blog in forever! But it's not just you, I haven't looked at anyone's for well over a month, but I'm back and up and running! LOL

BTW...I see that you and Linda G. found each other. I've known Linda for a decade now and she's a great person. I'm hoping to find some time in the next month or two for her to take some family pics for us. There's just not enough hours in the day it seems anymore, but I'm not complainin', I'm lovin' life!!!

Talk to you soon!

Jackie

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh Betsy, sorry to hear about the stomach bug. I hope you are feeling better soon, you've got to get better before the beach trip.

I used to do quite a bit of whitewater rafting and the shot of Brooks Falls makes me want to find a boat and go again, that would be a fun spot.

Hugs,
Judy
PS, your new header is fantastic.

Neal said...

Very, very nice Betsy. You got some great pictures....camera working out well for you!

Mary said...

Wonderful! I really like the Sandstone Falls and that last one, too.