… a commentary and journal about my “farm” in Tucker County, West Virginia. In 2001, I bought an 87 acre tract of mountain land in Dryfork, the “old Harr place” according to locals. I built a house there and have begun farming the land. I named the property “Dogs Run” in a play on words, since I bought it so my dogs would have a place to run and play. For me, it is a place of solitude and peace.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This is the view from the deck of the house, looking due south. It has been called a "million dollar view" by others. It changes on an hour-by-hour basis as clouds roll over the ridge or move up the valley below. The hike up the middle of the hollow is via Flatrock Run Trail, and follows the rapidly flowing stream of the same name, with numerous waterfalls cut into the limestone. The ridge-top is Roaring Plains, which gets its name from the roaring winds. Just out of the picture to the right is Mount Porte Crayon, the sixth tallest peak in WVa (4771 feet). We never get tired of the view; it is different every day. Roaring Plains West is one of the newest NFS Wilderness Areas, signed into law by President Obama in 2009.