Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

And now for something completely different...

Found this wooly worm crawling around on my deck. Looks like he predicts a winter to be initially cold and snowy and then smooth sailing the rest of the way. Anyone care to "read" this wooly worm?

Caught a glimpse of a few cows grazing at sunset.

I liked the appearance of the clouds in this sunset photo.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Various Pictures...

The view going up to Mountain Lake was awesome on Saturday.

Their seems to have been some hillbillies at the lake recently. Surely no one from Virginia could have engineered this romantic love seat. No idea if it actually floats.

Taken from the steps of the hotel, all the brown area has been covered in water in the past.

Took this while waiting at a construction site in Monroe county, West Virginia. A pair of temporary traffic lights were set up. They accounted for all the traffic lights in the county.

Some of us remember the ESSO name (now Exxon). I thought ESSO was gone. But this gas pump in Glen Lyn says it is still around.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Mountain Lake

Took a trip to Mountain Lake on Saturday. Looks like it may soon be called Mountain Pond. This gazebo was once at the edge of the water. Look at it now.

The water has receded so much that it takes a little hike just to reach it.

The dock on the left was the loading area for a boat that took people to the other end of the lake.

Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson! (From a flash back of my Lost In Space watching days.)

This is a view that was only available from a boat in the past.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Last of the 70 degree days....

An wonderful day. We spent most of it in Roanoke and it was at least 70 degree F! So hot we had to run the air conditioner in the van. Amazing for the first day of December. As the sun set on this day, these are some of the scenes around our house.