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liveonearth
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
The Kanawha valley is lovely! I can understand the appeal. You're right, there's no jobs, so people have no money. The land has been worked over for coal, but the forests have grown back over most of it. Some of the rivers are still poisoned by acid mine drainage. I think about the possibility of running a doctor's office in which I trade my services for vehicle maintenance, a roof on my house, a roast pig, some apples or fresh trout....that sort of thing might fly in WV.

I have a dear friend in Sandstone WV, and several in the Morgantown, Bruceton Mills, Friendsville stretch. I've worked on the New and Gauley Rivers in the south, and the Upper Yough in Maryland by the north. I've lived out of a tent in many locations around the state.. I spent 6 months in Bruceton Mills, organizing an effort to clean up the Cheat river after a mine blowout killed the fish just downstream from Albright. I pretty much love the whole state, though the people are awfully hard-headed. =-]

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