What is "The Trough"
The Trough is a canyon that runs along the South Branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia. It was reportedly referred to as The Trough by George Washington in 1748. The West Virginia Explorer gives a bit more of the historic and current information about the area.
I knew none of this information as I drove up and down the winding road. I marveled at the views from the high points and felt as though I were lost in some magical, mossy, fairy land in the bottom points. Unfortunately, I didn't think to stop and take photographs of the low lying areas; moss covered boulders in riverbeds, towering trees blocking the sun, and steep stone cliffs pushing near to the road. But I did snap a few photographs at a high point in the road.
Glorious views of a valley on one side and a cliff on the other side.
Slightly flatter section, with field and farm views. Lush farmlands in the valley. Before dropping down into the lowest sections, with cliffs and creeks.
The Trough by Train
I knew that there is a scenic railway train located in Romney, West Virginia. I had already added "ride the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad" on my list of things to do while at The Shack. Only because I have a sentimental interest in trains. I had no idea, until today, that this is the exact area that the train runs through. What a sight this must be from a train!!
The Trough by River
Some of you are aware that I have a kayak. And near Baltimore, it is fairly easy to throw that thing on the Jeep and go kayak a nearby river. The most difficult part of kayaking in the area is getting that 'yak in and out of the apartment - up and down three flights of stairs. I have seriously considered packing my kayak along with me, up to The Shack, as the South Branch of the Potomac is nearby. One of the main things that holds me back is not having someone to pick me up at the other end of my float down the river. Ah, if only the Jeep could drive itself.
But I've found the solution. I drove past the Trough General Store on my Sunday drive. After looking it up when I returned to the apartment, I find that they offer all of the equipment needed (canoe or kayak rentals, equipment, and transport) as well as.... wait for it.. shuttle services for folks who own their own kayaks!
I guess I should educate myself more about what is in the area. I may be missing out on many more breathtaking and awesome sights. I don't know about you, but I'm looking up some West Virginia travel books and information right now.
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