… 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.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Day Hike up Flatrock Run
Flatrock Run - March 3, 2012
We spent Saturday walking up Flatrock Run with our friends Rick and Karen. It had rained hard the night before, so there was a lot of water in the run and on the trails. Flatrock Run is directly opposite Dogs Run Farm across Red Creek. It is a very pleasant and easy hike, and goes into and through the new Roaring Plains West Wilderness area. The trail ultimately ends up on top of Roaring Plains, but there is a water crossing that would have been impossibly dangerous on Saturday with the run so high. The weather was perfect; sunny in the mid-30's. Here is a picture of Flatrock Run cascading over rocks in the (Nikon 70 mm lens, f/32, 1/6 s, ISO 200).
On the way down, we saw a juvenile bald eagle soaring on updrafts, and the dogs got up a flock of about 12-15 wild turkeys.